My son started asking for his first cell phone seven years ago, when he was 15 years old. Some of his friends had them already but I felt that he needed to be able to pay for at least part of the expense himself, so he needed to be 16 and have a job. I stuck by my rule and he got his first phone when he was 16.
Things have changed a lot in seven years.
Today children are getting smartphones much younger and it is unlikely that I will have the same rule in place for my younger children. In my opinion it is a necessary skill to learn these days and there are a lot of benefits to giving them phones. My ten and nearly twelve year olds do not have phones yet but there have been many times that I wished they did.
According to a recent survey by Microsoft Devices, respondents with children in the household are more likely (30% compared to 20%) to say it’s appropriate for child 14 or younger to have a smartphone of their own.
Only a parent knows the feeling of a child not getting home when he was supposed to, or going to pick your child up from a friend’s house only to learn he decided to walk. I may be a little over-protective in these matters so I panic, and a smartphone would help ease my mind very quickly. It would also be convenient in other ways. The kids could check the weather themselves, instead of asking me every morning!
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