My daughter and I have been fighting endlessly over the phone, and it is wearing me out. She thinks she needs a cell phone, and I just can’t swallow the idea that a 13 year old “needs” a cell phone. I mean, I pick her up and drop her off everywhere she goes, and I know which friend’s house she’s usually at from time to time. With text messaging and video game compatibility on phones today, I don’t want her getting distracted from her studies at school, or becoming an anti-social droid like some of my girlfriend’s kids. As a safety precaution, I am almost convinced it is a good investment, but since I can’t monitor how she uses it when she’s out of my presence, I have my reservations. Is there anything else that will offer the kind of security I’m seeking (meaning, she can call me whenever she needs me), without offering other distractions and/or a hefty monthly bill?