Originally Posted by Nunz
Get them something simple that works. If they want something better they can get a job and work for it.
Buying kids iPhones for "respect" is how you create shitty entitled ****ing brats.
100% this. Kids/Teens don't need the latest smartphones. Heck, the sole purpose of giving them phones is so you can contact each other and keep track of them. A basic flip phone will do that. If they bitch and moan about not having something better like their friends do, remind them who pays for everything. They'll be mad at you, of course, until they have kids of their own. It's amazing how much wiser my mom became once I became a father.