Log In

Reset Password

At what age should my child get a phone?

How young is too young for a phone? The short answer is, it depends. Only you can know if your child is mature enough to follow family rules, take care of the phone and not lose it.

Another major factor is whether the child understands how to use the phone in a way that considers the feelings and rights of others.

The average age at which children are given their first mobile phones keeps going down.

It was 16 a decade ago; in 2009 it was about 12, according to the latest available data from Pew Research Centre. In 2013, Pew Research found that 68 per cent of children aged 12 to 13 owned a cellphone, and 23 per cent a smartphone, while 83 pre cent of older teens (those between the ages of 14 and 17) have cellphones and 44 per cent have smartphones.

Greater access: the average age at which children are given a mobile phone keeps going down

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published January 07, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated January 06, 2016 at 4:06 pm)

At what age should my child get a phone?

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon