When is the appropriate age for a kid to have a phone?
The ability of a child to own a phone comes with a lot of disciplines and to this a child whom you are about to give a phone to irrespective of the age at this instance must have few qualities you have looked into them moe like, their level of maturity, disciplines, safety and security, andto how necessary the phone is at the moment.
Moreover, kids of 7 to10 years are being given the access to own a phone but is it appropriate? Let’s look at it on a bright side, what if they are bend onto baby sitting their siblings? They should definitely own a phone but a phone which does not have access to the internet, the phone must be one which they can use to call and message their parents only. This is because it isn’t a right ae for a child to own a phone.
According to a report from COMMON SENSE MEDIA based in the survey they made about children’s cellphone and media is from 2015 to 2021. In their research they came about the following results;
The combination of 8, 9, and 10 years old with mobile phone doubled in those years (2015-2017). Majority of parents give their children mobile phones around the age of 12 and 13. The highlights of 12 years old owing a mobile phone and increased from 41 percent in 2015 to 71 percent in 2021.
Does this means a child should own a phone at the age of 13? Maybe or definitely not!!!
Following the PEW RESEARCH CENTER, most parents 45%, thinks it’s acceptable for kids to have a phone between the age of 12 to 14.
About 28% of parents wait until the age of 15 to 17.
And 16% thinks it’s okay to let them have access to mobile phones at the age of 9.
In regards to the above research, I will succumb to the 28% because at the age of 15 to 17, childrens are already at the range of maturity to be able to handle at most at 14 years of age.
The ability to hand over the access to mobile phone to kids follows promptly with how their parents have seen their level of access to the world, how careful they think they will be and how they can manage it’s access. We can’t determine for parents the age to give out phones to their children but we can suggest in order to get them on track and to be on a safer side.