When are kids ready for their own cell phone?

This article, entitled "When Are Kids Ready for Their Own Cell Phone?" comes from Annie Payne, MomsEveryday correspondent from Western Colorado.

Parents must decide when their child is ready for their first cell phone, which can be a daunting prospect.

Here are some important signs to look for to help you make this important decision.

Your child may be mature enough for a cell phone if:

  • Your child is responsible and rarely loses their belongings. This indicates that they value their possessions and would likely do the same with a cell phone.
  • Your child understands time limits that are already placed on video games or television watching.
  • Your child understands there are dangers associated with browsing the web and downloading apps.
  • Your child understands you can view their social media profiles and has nothing to hide from you.

When you give your child a cell phone, you're giving them a powerful tool. It's up to you to decide when the time is right.

About the Author...
Annie Payne
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