There’s no question smartphones are becoming an important part of our society, but at what age should your child join the smartphone club?
Jesse Weinberger is an Ohio-based internet safety instructor and says that between a child’s lack of maturity and impulse control and all of the mature content available, kids aren’t typically ready for a smartphone until high school.
“When you give your child a smartphone, you are giving them the keys to the kingdom. You’re giving them the keys to reach anything that exists in the internet,” Weinberger said.
Weinberger recommends when a child does have a smartphone, parents look into parental controls, limiting screen time and keeping phones out of bedrooms at night. She also stresses the need to lay out expectations with a contract.
What do you think? Do you agree that 14 is the right age, or do you think kids should be allowed smartphones sooner?
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With files from Laurel Gregory