Let's get one thing straight: Most kids don't need a phone—and even fewer need a smartphone. Sure, they make some things more convenient (the after-school check-in, homework practice, location tracking). But a must-have? No. Still, according to our latest research, a majority of kids get their first phone by age 11, so you're probably feeling the pressure to decide whether your kid might be ready. And if the answer's yes, they're ready, how will you deal with all the new issues that come along with your kid having their own phone? First, forget age. Focus instead on your kid's needs and ...
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