My parents gave me a cell phone for my 18th birthday in 1996. I was one of the few kids in my high school to have one, but I was involved in a lot of after-school activities, and they decided that giving me a phone, so I could call them for rides, was cheaper than buying me a car! I've kept the same phone number all this time.
My kids are 1 and 3, and they inherited our old iPad Minis when hubby and I upgraded. We put kid-proof cases and screen protectors on them, and kept them on our cellular data plan. Not technically phones, but they have always-on data and FaceTime calling, so close enough.
Honestly, it's amazing. We loaded them up with kid-friendly movies and edu-tainment apps, and now things like car rides are much more enjoyable for everyone. Personally, I embrace the technology. Thank you for making our lives easier!