Monday, August 29, 2016

When is the right time for my child to have a cell phone? #KidsFirstPhone #Giveaway

Dilemmas...dilemmas! Now a days kids are sporting cell phones at a really early age and most are carrying the latest smart phones available. When I was a kid all that we had available to us were land line phones and pay phones, both which are becoming completely obsolete!


The actual dilemma as a parent is not whether or not to get a cell phone for your child, but rather at which age is it appropriate? Honestly, there is always something going on and families are super busy. There are times when I drop my kids off at extra-curricular activities and need to pick them up later or weekends when they are with their father and I'd like to still be in contact with them, so a cell phone only makes sense, right? Not to mention that my kids tend to rely on their devices for a large portion of their entertainment and even for homework research. 


When my daughters were at home they had cell phones as teenagers, but now my 11 year old son is getting social and hanging out with friends (who all have cell phones!) so the fact that he has one at such a young age seems to fit. Did you know that the average child gets their first cell phone at around 10 years old? It's true!


With a smart phone also comes things like social media and according to a recent study, 1 in 2 kids will have a social media account by the age of 12 and 64% of kids already have Internet access via personal tablets or laptops. This makes children susceptible to online predators and other things on social media that aren't appropriate for kids so it's so important for parents to be sure to monitor and customize the phone in addition to checking out the Online Quiz from Sprint that helps parents make informed decisions about their child's online activities. There is even a parent-child mobile contract that allows the user to customize parameters and an agreement about rules and limitations. 

Let's face it...most of our kids have cell phones so it's up to us to protect them and ensure that they are safe and learning to be responsible and independent. So are they ready? 

Questions for Parents:
  • Is there a need for my child to have a cell phone?
  • Will my child have full access to the Internet and social media?
  • Which rules and guidelines will I want to be in place for the cell phone usage?
  • What happens if my child breaks the rules?

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70 comments:

  1. I think at about 13 depending on whether or not they have demonstrated that they will use them in a responsible manner.

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  2. I would say around 14 years old.

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  3. My kids got phones when they got to middle school.

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  4. I think they should get one around the time that they go off with their friends so you can keep in touch. Maybe 14-15? Brittney House

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  5. I think its appropriate when they reach a maturity level where the parent thinks it is right, and they are off doing activities without their parents.
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  6. I think junior high is a good time for a child to have a phone.

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  7. This is such an interesting issue. We didn't have cell phones growing up, so it wasn't something to think about then! I imagine that each child will be a bit different as to when it's appropriate for them to have their own cell phone. And even then, maybe different types of phones (with different capabilities) are appropriate at different ages.

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  8. I would say 15 years old is a good age for a kid to have a cell phone.

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  9. I would say at age 13...that's when we let our kids get a phone.

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  10. Our kids got their own phone at 14.

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  11. It depends on when the child understands how it works, and is not a toy raising your bill or breaking it. When they understand the reason they have it, let them, just keep an eye on their use.

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  12. Fran - No specific age, but when they are mature enough to take care of it.

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  13. I think it has a lot to do with the maturity level of the child in question. Each kid is different. Some may be responsible with it at 8, while others still don't deserve one at 16! haha.

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  14. It depends on the child. My grandkids got theirs at 12 because if they miss for some reason their school bus.

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  15. At which age is it appropriate for a child to have their own cell phone? I think it all depends on the maturity of the child, but usually around 12 or so.

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  16. I think it depends on the child and families views.

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  17. I think a child should be at least 13 before they get a cell phone.

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  18. Depends on the child. I would say middle school age around 10

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  19. 14 I think my son is 13 and he has a basic phone without internet access. He will be getting a smartphone for his birthday.

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  20. It really depends on the child and the circumstances. Mine do not take care of equipment properly so I would say 12 for them :)

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  21. At what age should a child get a cell phone? That's hard for me to say - I'm 60, and don't have one yet! (Although I really do need to get one.) My daughter is 27, so this wasn't an issue when she was young!

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  22. I think it depends on where you live and on the child. My son got his first phone at 10, we live 25 minutes from his school and he sometimes goes home with a friend. I wanted a way to keep in touch.

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  23. I think around 13 is a good time!

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  24. i think age 13 is a great age for a child to have their own phone.

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  25. My kids got their own cell phones when they started middle school (around age 11) because they started having after school activities and I need to know when to pick them up. It made it much easier to coordinate schedules.

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  26. I really think it depends on the kid. My niece & oldest nephew have phones they can text on & the youngest nephew has one he can only play games on. At 13 they can make calls. You know, a lot depends on the maturity of the kid. Are they responsible enough to even keep up with their phone or will they be losing it?

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  27. I think around 13 is a good age with limitations.

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  28. We got our kids cell phones when they were 14. I think it depends on the childs maturity.

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  29. Our family gives cell phones starting at 12 years old.

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  30. I am thinking 12. Although I like the idea of the phones where they can only call parents or for help at a younger age.

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  31. I think 13 is appropriate. I use to think earlier but I gave my 11 year old a phone and he abused his privileges so the phone was taken away until he was 13.

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  32. I think it depends on the child and how mature they are.

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  33. 12 is a good age to start a child on having their own cell phone.

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  34. I think when your child is old enough to stay with there friends the y should have a cell phone.

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  35. It really depends on the kid; but I'd have to say 13ish.

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  36. I think the child should be around 13.

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  37. I think it depends on the situation and the maturity of the child.

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  38. I think when they turn 13 is a good age, but definitely depends on the child and the circumstances.

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  39. i think 10 is a good age but it depends on the kid and their maturity. i let them have talk and text but no web until older.

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  40. i would guess around 12

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  41. Our daughter had one at 10 but it didn't have service she used it on wifi

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  42. I think when they start to enter their teenage years a cell phone is ok to intoduce in their lives. Limits should be set and a conversation of whats expected should take place.

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  43. That is a hard answer it depends on the child and the need for a phone but I would say generally without any need probably around 12 or 13

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  44. My oldest grandson has had one since 8 and he's 11 now. He's been nothing but responsible with it. But my youngest grandson is now 8 and we all know he isn't responsible enough. He loses something on a daily basis, so there's no way he'd keep up with a phone.

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  45. I would say 16 and there would still be some strict rules. I hate the fact that young kids are on cell phones so much.

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  46. i think junior high school would be appropriate

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  47. I think 12 is a good age but I would not allow internet access.
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  48. I think once they reach jr high school. just the basics, camera and limited texting.

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  49. Depends on the child and the circumstances. I think middle school age.
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  51. I think it depends on how dependable a child is in other areas. I believe though that 13 is a good age.
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  52. I think it depends on how mature the child is . I would say around 10-12 is a good age to have one.

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  53. Depends on the child. I would say the boys it might be 9th grade or so.

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  54. 13. Now a a days 5 year olds have them.

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  55. My daughter received her first cellphone at the age of 12. But she was very responsible for her age.

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  56. About 10, with restrictions and supervision. Mostly for safety.

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