Parents Debate If There’s A ‘Right Age’ To Get Kids Their Own Smartphone

Lots of parents are conflicted over this

It seems everywhere you look these days every kid has a smartphone. In my house our rule is you don’t get your own phone until you turn 12. Well, that was our rule until this past summer and I really wanted a way to keep in contact with my 11 year old son. We live in a neighborhood filled with kids and they often bike to each others houses and play outside at different places, so I found myself wanting him to have a phone so I could easily keep in touch with him and track his whereabouts.

I had an older iPhone that I gave him and we signed him up for a monthly plan even though he’s not yet 12. He has limited social media access and I can take his phone and look at it anytime I want so I’m OK with him having it now, mostly because it lets me get in touch with him anytime I want. I know many people who won’t let their kids have phones but let them have full access to computers and iPads in the home, so I don’t really see what the difference is?

I’m a firm believer that every individual parent knows what works for their child and what doesn’t, but is there truly a ‘right age’ to let a child have their own smartphone?

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Kelli is a Lead Writer at Hot Moms Club. She's a Canadian living in the US with a longstanding love affair with entertainment news and celebrity gossip. She has written about it for some of the most popular websites in both Canada and the US including Entertainment Tonight Canada, I'm Not Obsessed and Babble. When she's not chauffeuring her 4 kids back and forth to the rink for various hockey and figure skating activities, she can be found glued to Netflix or reading a great book.

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