As your child gets older, they may show signs of wanting independence and may ask if they can have a mobile phone. This could be so that they can contact you when they’re away from you, communicate with friends, or to use apps and games.
The age children show interest in getting a mobile phone seems to be getting younger and younger. But don’t let that pressure you into doing something that neither you nor your child is ready for. It’s a big decision to make. Here are some things to consider:
If your child has asked you for a mobile phone, listen to their reasons for why they want or feel they need one.
Whatever age you decide to give your child a mobile phone, it’s a good idea to put some rules and boundaries in place from the start around appropriate phone use and online safety.
There are some phones specifically designed for young children and teens. These have the basic aspects of a smart phone and look like a regular phone but have complete parental control as well as no internet connection and no social media apps. You can also limit screen time and look at their whole call and message history. These are probably good phones to start off with to introduce your child to using one safely and responsibly, particularly younger children.
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