Caving to social pressure?

I’m getting my son (12 going on 13) a mobile phone. Yesterday I couldn’t get hold of him to tell him I’d be five minutes late to pick him up and he started walking and I missed him and he didn’t get home until close to 7pm which completely freaked. me. out. I decided it was time.

I’m going basic basic basic phone – possibly my munted old one – and the smallest pre-pay you can buy. After all this is for me, not for him.

Also his record with looking after kit is not great.

But perhaps you’ve been through the teenager with a phone thang. Any advice?