When are kids ready for their own cell phone?


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.

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