What's the right age for parents to get their kids a cell phone?

The right age to give kids their first cell phone is really up to parents. Age isn't as important a kid's maturity level, ability to follow home (and their schools') rules, and their sense of responsibility. But when you hand your children cell phones, you're giving them powerful communication and media-production tools. They can create text, images, and videos that can be widely distributed and uploaded to websites instantly. Parents really need to consider whether their kids are ready to use their phones responsibly and respectfully.

If you think your kids' technological savvy is greater than their ability to use it wisely, pay attention to the gap. You may need to say, "No, not yet." But

Here are some questions to consider:

  • Do your kids show a sense of responsibility, such as letting you know when they leave the house? Do they show up when they say they will?
  • Do your kids tend to lose things, such as backpacks or homework folders? If so, expect they might lose an (expensive!) phone, too.
  • Do your kids need to be in touch for safety reasons?
  • Would having easy access to friends benefit them for social reasons?
  • Do you think they'll use cell phones responsibly -- for example, not texting during class or disturbing others with their phone conversations?
  • Can they adhere to limits you set for minutes talked and apps downloaded?
  • Will they use text, photo, and video functions responsibly and not to embarrass or harass others?

What do you think is the right age for parents to get kids a cell phone? 

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Teen, 17 years old written by Lowkeyjes

I am 17 years old and I just got a new phone , I Phone 8, I have always had the older phones of my friends but I kept waiting cause I knew one day I would get a newer phone. I had the 5s for 3 years ( that was after the 6 came out ) and yes I will be honest I complained about it but it was okay. All you kids that really want a new phone , don't worry about having the newest phone at such a young age , you have your whole life to have a new phone . Just go with whatever phone your parents give you and when you get old enough , get a job and work for a new phone . ( I pay $100 a month for my phone)
Teen, 13 years old written by jjgoldz15

Ok so I’m 13 turning 14 this year and my mum refuses for me to have a phone until I’m 18. I’ve always got good grades in my core subjects and I’ve kept them up. I go out with my friends a lot on the weekends and she usually gives me her old phone like the old Nokia phones or I have to depend on my friend’s. We go to Albury quite a lot and we all go our own ways. Hence, I usually stay in the car. She tells me I have to earn it by making YouTube videos but she’s just too ignorant that she doesn’t understand the concept. Especially on school camps, (we go to cities like Melbourne and Canberra) I feel really left out because all my friends have phones and they’re taking photos but I can’t because well I have none. Do you think I’m the right age to have a phone?
Kid, 12 years old

Kids should not be able to use a cellular device, until the age of 14+ Here's a personal conflict. Most people get really bad eyesight and also are less physically active by using a cellular device and impacts their study whatsoever. I, as a 12-year-old kid, blackmailed my parents to get a phone. Most people thought that "What you're parents won't let you get a phone?" And now I've made an article for kids not using cellular devices. Ask these questions I,e I am doing a big responsibility, is he or she really responsible to get a phone? Does the child's belongings or school equipment ever get lost? Do you think the child is old enough to consult their parents on a phone?
Teen, 13 years old written by MiaTheJournalist

Honestly, I’m not so sure what’s the right age.. I got a iPhone when I was ten. Not the latest one,’ It was the IPhone 6s. I really never asked for one because I never needed one. As my grades kept getting higher each marking period, my Dad decided to get me a Christmas gift. Once again, I was really never focused on the idea of having a phone like other kids do. That Christmas gift was a IPhone 6. It was wonderful. I never really knew of social media until 6th grade. I got introduced to it by my many friends that I had. As I’m growing up and showing that I’m doing my responsibilities. My mom decided to get me a IPhone X, indeed I did not want it but as to be kind I decided to take it. I’m blessed with this gift. If you don’t know, this was a UPGRADE from my IPhone 6 to the X so my mom really didn’t pay much for anything. Except cases and protectors. You have to make sure that you take care of the stuff you have now, it’s dosent have to be technology it can be simple things like lunchboxes or walking your dog. If you have a tablet or IPad I recommend sharing it with a sibling (as I don’t have any siblings) and that might show your parents if your nice and caring about the things or people you love. Clean your IPad or tablet.
Kid, 11 years old

I'm 11 years old, and I'm in 6th grade. (I don't have a phone, and completely respect my parents views and agree with them on why I shouldn't have a phone.) Before 6th grade I always begged my parents for a phone because....everyone had one. I had to text my friends on my dad's phone and everything. It was so frustrating! And all of my friends have social media like Snapchat and Instagram that I could never have. But now I'm in 6th grade and I'm starting to notice that my friends are spending WAY to much time on social media and texting. My grades throughout 6th grade were PERFECT and all of my other friends weren't AS good. I'm not saying the reason they don't have as good grades as me is because they have a phone. But it could be a contributing factor. I think a good age to have a phone is in 9th grade, when you will have more reasons to use a phone and contact people since you are more dependent, reliable, and mature.
Teen, 13 years old written by MarineFantasy

(F)I am starting my 8th year of school here, and I do not have a phone. For years, I have been persuading my parents to get me a phone, just like the other 'cool' kids in my 5th grade class. Eventually, I noticed that all my friends, even the 'nerdy' ones, were starting to get nice, expensive, and upscale phones like the iPhone 6+. This fueled my persuasion skills even more, and I made elaborate presentations about the iPhone and why I should deserve one. I gave up for a while, until a few days ago. Using the howadultareyou.com test and not searching up or asking for answers, developed by a psychologist, I scored an unbeaten(at my school) 97%. This gave substantial evidence, however this did not get me a phone. What it did give me was that my mom finally accepted that I was mature and responsible enough for a phone, which I will be given in 9th grade. My mom just wants to wait one more year of no-phone time just to reduce my exposion to phones. I'm happy now! If your child is responsible, shows good character, has good grades, and displays a consistent level of maturity, you can give him or her their first phone.
Teen, 13 years old written by itsyourgirlCathy

Honestly, I think the right time to give a child a phone is when they are entering High School, about 9th Grade. This is when they will start to socialize with more friends, and do more sports and after school activities.
Teen, 14 years old written by what is the stuff

I think that kids should have phones at about 6th grade that is when they start to do more things with friends and sports that you need to let them have the phone to call you if something is wrong. and about middle school I was staying home a lot with my sister so i needed it to call my parents anytime i need to. i would also only get them 1 phone and if they cant keep it safe in a month then they should not have one but it is up to you.
Kid, 10 years old

I am getting a phone for middle school next year and my 11 yr old friend has a 8+ which I think is crazy. At my middle school you need a phone if you bike to school or get detention. It can be confusing even in 5th grade. I have had to go to the main office to call my mom and tell her that it is a half day multiple times and I am soooo sick of it. If I have a mix up on who is going home with who I need to go all the way down to the main office and sort it out. If you have a phone, you are safer. You should trust your child with it. It is their future and you only get to control .25 of it. If they screw it up, it is on them. In conclusion, get it at the start of middle school
Teen, 13 years old written by Yellow_Dally1

Here is a good criteria set: Ask yourself: “Is my child/teen involved in a lot of afterschool activities?”, or “Am I away from home a lot?” If this is so, you may want to get your child a phone for safety. Another thing you should ask yourself is: “Has my child/teen displaying maturity, are their grades good, can they complete tasks?” If they exhibit the traits you have been pondering, a phone could be an option. Another thing to consider is “How can a phone affect their overall life (for the better or worse)?” By using this criteria, you can properly consider if they deserve a phone. You don’t have to get them the latest model (I got a my first phone a few weeks ago and it was an iPhone 6S), as long as it can use the latest (or previous) version of whatever it runs. However, if you give them a phone your previously owned, and it is an iPhone, consider getting a battery replacement first to make it run good (it’s only $29).
Teen, 13 years old written by FlamingTriforce9

The age a child should get a phone depends on the child. If your child displays lots of maturity and you believe they will do the same with a phone, you can get them one. If not, then wait. With me, I was the type of kid that had frequent meltdowns when I was younger, and I displayed maturity at times but it was inconsistent. Eventually, I realised I needed to grow up, and I picked up my game. After that, my dad told me he thought I was mature enough to have a phone. You, as a parent, should do the same. Wait until they are consistently displaying maturity and until they have proven they will do the same with phones. I got a phone at age 12, but some people got one earlier and some are older than that and still don’t have one.
Teen, 14 years old written by n8cwhite

Hi, I'm 14 years old and don't have a phone. I'm not sure why. I'm the only one in my friend group without one, only kid on the bus without one and one of the very few in my school that doesn't have one. Fifth graders have phones, and I don't. I get good grades and am mature. I'm not sure why. I think it depends on maturity. If you think your child can handle a phone, give him one. Not the latest iPhone X or expensive phone, maybe something a bit cheaper such as an SE or 6.
Teen, 13 years old written by Myopinions500

I’m in 6th grade and I have an iPhone SE. I had an LG in 5th grade. The Lg was my mom’s old phone. It was mainly for emergencies. The way to get a phone is to show how responsible you are, have good grades, organize time right. And most of all, show your parents why you would need one. Start off with something simple like an Android, then if they trust you with that they will probably give you newer phones as you get older. If that doesn’t work, maybe your parents are afraid about something that has something to do with phones
Kid, 10 years old

I have a phone and I’m under 13. I get your point but I don’t fully agree.
Teen, 15 years old written by Rosalover28

Hi, I'm rosa. I'm am 15 years old, I don't have a phone, my parents rule is we are not aloud to have a phone until we drive alone!!! Yes! I now it's not fun haveing a phone but I just haft to trust my parents now what they are doing, yes I've always wanted phone most teens make fun of me becouse I don't have a phone, all the kids that do have a phone be great flu for what u have and don't want newer becouse there are kids out there who don't even have a phone! Anyway that's it.
Teen, 15 years old written by Common sense LST

well, once your kid is in elementary school, you can give them an old flip phone, or give them a regular phone, and only make it able to call and text. my phone is only able to call and text people, and that's it. but my parents say that you have to be at least in 6th grade to get a phone, and one year I wanted one for Christmas. I did not have a phone until I was in 7th grade, my parents gave me it for safety reasons.
Teen, 13 years old written by Fallout871

When I was around 10 that's when I first got my official phone (which was a Blu studio energy 2) it was a little expensive but not to expensive (like around $150). But after a year of my phone being in perefect condition my parents decided to get me a iPhone 6 plus (which was around $500 at the time) and I took good care of that to. Then around a year and a half later I got the iPhone 7 plus (which was around $860 at the time) and then now a few months ago I got the $1,000 Galaxy note 8 (I'm 13 at this time). So my point is to start little and see how responsible they are before deciding to blow $600 on a phone, because if you give a child the latest iPhone as there first phone they won't know how it's like to own a basic phone so therefore they will not appreciate the value, they might appreciate it physically but not mentally.
Teen, 13 years old written by My thoughts about it

A phone dosen't getting to do whatever the kid wants. I don't have a phone i know sad but it's hopefully my parent understand what there doing is unfair sister got her phone at 11 but she disrespectful still. Steal money and shes 16 but she still gets money for nails and hair. I have As and Bs do my chores respectful in class don't sitll clean without acting mad. PLUS see broke her phone about 3 to 4 times and its a iphone don't adding her other phone see lost i got 2 tablet they broke the first one of my sister freind broke the secaond on was slow and left on the charger all night (my bad) but my parents wont let me use thier phones to talk to my friend they wonder why am always in the house how am i going to contact my friend. It just not fair if they don't get one by my 14 birthday i don't no but my older sister is getting a iphon 8 and but this whole year see lied and steal. My parents say she will punish her but they never follow though. They don't know how i fell being blocked out by my friends at lunch cause there on their phones. I baby set and walk my brother plus do everything they want with a smile. I guess it don't enough
Kid, 11 years old

I got my phone when I was in fifth grade and my dad got it for me so I could keep in touch and I’ve had it for a year now and it’s is still in tack so about sixth grade is the right time to get a kid a cell phone
Kid, 11 years old

I still do not have a phone and I am so annoyed and mad!!!! My parents say I cannot get a phone until AT LEAST seventh grade. I feel very left out because all my friends have either a phone or an iPod touch. I have to text my friends on the family iPad, and I am barely ever allowed to, so I miss out on a lot of conversations. A phone would make me feel a lot more safe! One time I was apparently supposed to be a car rider on the way home from school, and I didn't know that my mom was emailing me because I didn't get a chance to look at my computer. I was very confused when I saw my mom's car in the parking lot as my bus drove away. Luckily, someone with a PHONE was able to call my mom and sort things out. If I had had a phone, I could have called my mom myself. Here's a suggestion: make a packet with reasons why you should have a cell phone and a cell phone contract (found on www.screenagersmovie.com). That is what I am doing, and I hope it will work. Have a great day!
Teen, 13 years old written by tabbcat248

Hiya, I can understand how it would make you feel more safe. But it's what you use it for and how you take care of it that matters. Yes, there are some great safety apps such as Life360. But if you're getting it just to be like 'all your friends', I don't think that's a very good reason to present to your parents. Also, seventh grade is only a year or two away! That's around the time I got my smartphone.
Kid, 0 years old

I am 9, and got a Samsung Galaxy Sky J3 for My 9th Birthday. I am almost 10, and getting an iPhone 8. I think it is VERY important for kids after the age of 9 that can be TRUSTED! :)
Kid, 10 years old

WHY WON'T MY PARENTS GET ME A PHONE?!?!?!?!?! I WANT A PHONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Teen, 14 years old written by Nik_

I am 13, and in eighth grade. My parents, for whatever reason feel that I'm not ready for a phone. I do believe that a phone is very important in day to day life. I'm a triathlete, and so I go on 60 mile bike rides, how am I supposed to keep in touch? I'm also into photography, and sometimes I don't have a camera on me, I do have a small little flip phone, but the camera is .3 megapixel. That quality can't capture a single thing! Anyway, I don't think a kid should get a phone when he is 10, 11 and maybe even 12! I wanted one so badly at that age and I didn't get one. I look back at this and realize if I did get one at the age, my life would be a mess! I think the correct age to earn a smartphone is around 13 years of age. This is just my opponion and I could be wrong, so sorry if you disagree! Thanks!
Adult written by Sydney C.

My child (Sarah) got one when she was 9. This may differ depending on the child. I feel as if Sarah was ready for a phone. She showed responsibility and so forth. I know other parents get phones later though and that is fine! Maybe even better!
Adult written by Katt C.

There is no real age limit on having a phone. It is about maturity and if you think your kid would be sensible using their phone. Could it wait a few more years?
Teen, 13 years old written by pinkavo

My parents say I don't need one, but how am I supposed to contact you when I hang out with friends. No, i'm not going to borrow someone else's, that's the point of owning a phone in seventh grade. I offered to pay but they're just being lazy. My father is an i.t manager, I should have had a phone since I was 2 *jokes* thanks for reading this rant bye
Kid, 11 years old

I don't have a phone and I'm in 6th grade. And the reason I NEED a phone because, in my Theater Arts class, we have to memorize lines and I won't be able to contact my friend who is in my class. How am I suppose to memorize lines if I don't get to practice with her? And her mom doesn't even let her stay after school.
Adult written by Aliya L.

should kids have a phone?the more crime and violence that is happening these days it might be smart you can also set controls on it to stop it from doing types of things
Kid, 12 years old

I don’t have a phone and i’m in seventh grade. i have a cousin in second grade that has a phone. everyone but like a few people in my school have phones aka my friends. i get made fun of for not having one. i think the right age for parents to get kids a phone is sixth grade because in middle school that’s when it’s really important because you’ll hang out with your friends after school and they will need to know when to pick you up. my brother got his phone when he was 14 because my parents rule is you have to pay for it to have it. but i’m too young to get a job except taking care of my neibors cat. there’s nothing that can help me because i get 3 bucks for allowance a month and 10 cents for any additional chores. so yeah in high school you have to have one because the teachers make you take pictures of the board instead of writing so i’m screwed. thx for reading my rant i love you
Teen, 17 years old written by Naomi1776

I am 17 and a half years old oh, I do have a phone. I got a phone when I was 16 I had wanted one since I was like 13 then I finally got one. I got one because my older brother had a cell phone but then he left to go to college so there was no one else with a phone in the family besides my parents so if they were gone one of them would have to leave their phone, a chore right? life's not fair certainly mine is not, my brother got a phone when he was like 12 it was a flip phone but this was years ago flip phones used to be more popular oh, he would bust it cuz he was a young irresponsible kid and then they would get him another one. Kids do need to use phones responsibly, in my own home there's rules about my cell phone usage even though I am 17! I have to turn in my cell phone every night before I go to bed, no my parents don't want me using it in church either. It is annoying though from time to time my dad has gotten on my phone looking at my email my text, it's like really!? They even know my phone password oh, it's the principle of the matter just because people want privacy does not mean that they have anything to hide, they just want privacy! I can attest to this, privacy for me is limited in my home. I see a lot of kids on here in the comment section not many parents, most of the kids are 13 or 11. Since when did kids so young need cell phones? Kids don't need phones till there at least a teenager, but the world's a crazy place. However I do get kids 10 to 12 feel left out and jealous because their friends have phones and they don't the truth is nobody that age does need one. Somebody here in the comments section said just lie to people and tell them that you're not allowed to bring your cell phone to school, kids do not lie lying is not a good thing it can get you in trouble and make you feel guilty and it is against one of the Ten Commandments, so just don't. If you are a young person and really want a phone make an offer to your parents to pay for a portion of the cell phone and even a portion of the cell phone bill every month, politely and respectfully calmly and quietly explain to them your situation, you are whatever age you are everyone else has one you feel left out oh, you don't fit in oh, you can't talk to anybody. Believe me been there done that all the craziness, you know when you're out somewhere and you need to contact your parents and you don't have a phone and see have to borrow one and it's embarrassing, nobody wants to feel like they owe somebody else like they are a burden! Flip a coin this is a hard one, getting your children a cell phone depends on their attitude their responsibility their maturity their reasons, your reasons. Set rules in place make a contract, like I said possibly even make them pay for a portion of it, however I do not recommend that you tell children that they have to pay for it if they have no way of getting any personal income, if you don't give your kids a suitable allowance like at least $10 a week or they don't have a job or any way of making money don't tell them you can have a phone if you pay for it because they will never be able to pay for it. As someone that still does not have a job at the age of 17 and yes I suffer for it, Christmas and birthdays can be a hardship when you have to get people presents and have no money hardly. I get a small allowance a week but it's is not enough. I could go on forever about parenting but this is a cell phone conversation. Good luck everybody on getting a phone if you don't have one, peace out
Teen, 13 years old written by Flipphones

So am 13 and everyone in my school even people 2 grades younger than me......but I don't. My parents are divorced and so my mom bought me a android phone my dad took it away like 5-7 time a day on time he took it away and dropped it (it broke and shaterd) before this happend my dad threatened me with a flipphone then he finally did it. I have all A and maybe 1-2 B in school I don't do anything bad but that's just how it is for me. My dad won't let me get a better phone even if I buy it and it's soooooooo hard because am in grade 8 with a flipphone. My friends are always complaining about how they hate their iPhone 6pluse they got foe christmas beach use it's gray and not rose gold it make me want to slap them. Buy I don't know what to do ive only told 2 people about it and haven't even told one of my best friends in the whole world. Thank you guys soooooooo much I thought I was the only one with these phone problems
Teen, 13 years old written by anonymous1234567

Hello! I am in middle school, and not allowed to get a cell phone. I would have to pay for it, but have no way of collecting money. I highly doubt that my parents would let me get one, no matter how much money I saved. I would also have to pay for monthly phone bills. Most of my friends have a cell phone. 5 have an I-Pod, and do not have a cell phone. I have no cell phone, no I-pod, and no social media. This makes me feel left out. Only 1 out of my (About) 50 friends do not have Snapchat. Some people do not respect me because of this. It also makes it harder to communicate with friends that do not go to my school. I am very responsible, have always has straight A's, and have had perfect attendance scene 5th grade. I would feel accepted with a phone. I do currently play a sport, and have had to borrow someones phone multiple times. This can be very embarrassing. Overall, I believe that if you are a parent struggling with the decision of getting your kid a cell phone, also consider how owning a cell phone will affect their behavior now, and later in life. I love my parent deeply, and am thankful for everything they have given me. Owning a cell phone would help with my homework, my social life, and my safety. Once again, If you a parent facing this big decision, test them. Give them the chance to use an used tablet. If they are responsible with it, consider getting them a cheap phone. Everyone makes mistakes, so give them a little room to make them. One final thing is to make them do extra. If they have a cell phone, it should be a privilege. Give them extra chores, or make them pay for 5-10% of the phone, and/or phone bill each month. Over all, a cell phone is a good idea for your 11-12 year old. It can help, if used in the correct ways.
Teen, 13 years old written by anonymous2236

Hi. im 13 in 7th grade and my parents won't let me have a Phone with CELLULAR. I have an old hand me down galaxy s4, and have a text app on it. It is super embarrassing when everybody is on their iPhone 6 or 7's. I have to use someone elses phone to call them They get mad when i miss calls and texts, but i go out a lot, and i cant receive texts if im not on WiFi. I feel left out. my parents also never want to talk about it, and Christmas is coming up but i know i wont get a phone. I dont understand. I have saved up for a phone, but m parents said no! I also have A's and B's in school. I dont know what to do. My sister has had a phone since December of her 6th grade. (She's 15 now.) she got an iphone 4s, and then got an iphone 6s. She is way worse of a person than me and has had her phone taken constantly. I have never had my phone taken away.
Teen, 13 years old written by CarolineM23

I believe that kids in middle school should be able to chose. Iknow, I know how hard it is to not have a phone. I am 13, and all I have is an old, crappy Samsung galaxy 4. I'm also in 8th grade, and it's hard to go around and get picked on because your old, shattered hand me down phone( which I only got at the beginning of the year because my flip phone stopped working) doesn't even have a case. At this point, I'm even ok with setting with an I phone 6, but my mom won't even let me do that. I don't have Snapchat, only instagram. And trust me, all kids out there in my situation, I feel you. When you are in middle school, most kids are mature enough to handle a phone, and I have noticed that people who don't have phones, or have bad ones are more likely to get picked on that people who do. This is even harder when you are extremely middle class, and go to a private school where you see kids getting two phones a year "just because" and see how oblivious they are to what is happening around them with people like me. Oh, and all of you parents out there who use the excuse that it "causes depression", it really doesn't. I have two friends who have been professionally diagnosed as clinically depressed, and not one reason had to do with social media or phones. I just really wish that parents would be more understanding about this, and understand that we live in a new generation, and have to deal with things completely different from what they did.
Kid, 11 years old

This depends on when the parents decide. I was one of the last kids to get a phone, there were kids in my fourth grade class with phones! At the time of writing this (11/29/17), my parents got me a phone in June 2017 (a few month prior to this).
Kid, 12 years old

Kids age 12 and up should have a cellphone. I myself leave the house quite often and occasionally take public transit. I have a 6 year old samsung galaxy tab 2 and it is bad. We have computers and tablets, these can send video chats, voice calls, messages, access internet, any website desired, download any apps, & even tell us the news. So why cant we have phones, phones do all of these just in a more compact version. I personally spend maybe 11 hours in the week on my tablet and maybe 15 on screens in total. I have also have an xbox, I dont understand parents are willing to give you tablets, computers, and consoles all bigger "phones". So you are willing to give us all of these things but now all of a sudden because of size and a name we can't have a phone wow very logical. I have seen kids in KINDERGARTEN with phones. This just proves that whenever you prove them wrong that they messed up, they ignore you and try to hide it. Figure it out im not stupid nor are the rest of the teens who dont have phones but you treat us like we dont realize. Phones arent made for evil, you see kids caught doing bad things and instantly think its social media or phones. Im in 7th grade and thats my view of phones.
Kid, 11 years old

I'm in 6th grade and everybody in my school has a phone except me. I asked my parents why they won't get me one and they just are like we haven't have time to talk about it. But I know their lying. I hear them every night talking about it. And they say I'm responsible but it's so not fair. I feel like such a loser. Everyone at school teases me and I get left out because of that. I think you should get your kid a phone when they start middle school.
Adult written by Joanne L

I know what it's like to be left out from your friends, because it happened to me. I am 11years old/5th grade and I don't have a good phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy note 4, and it is a hand-me-down gift from my mom. It doesn't have any data lines and it never did. My mom doesn't even let me play games on it or use it for studies or projects. My friends all have at least an iPhone 6 plus or higher. I feel really left out from my friends. I have been begging and wishing for an iPhone 8 plusevery night and birthday wish, but my parents say I have to wait till the end of high school or get straight As for 1 and 1 half a year. I dont really care now and I just don't want one anymore. The only reason why I wanted one us to fit in with my friends. I think a parent should get a kid a phone at least at age 11-14.Please don't be sad or depressed about not having a cell phone. I strongly urge parents to get a kid a phone when they start junior high.
Teen, 15 years old written by dhanush.03

Personally I do not have a phone with a SIM card so I am unable to make phone calls without a internet connection. It sometimes proves to be difficult to contact my parents to communicate. Age 14/15 or the freshmen year of high school is a good time to get a cell phone, and also the maturity level of the child plays a major part in whether a phone would be used appropriately. During the high school years a phone is transforming form being a want to being a need, as many schools use communications through technology. So the years of high school would be a good time to get a child a cell phone.
Teen, 13 years old written by Oragami1

Meaning even if your friends even do have a phone with social media AND EVERYTHING...doesn't mean your parents aren't punishing you, they care for you and they don't want to see you get hurt or you see something inappropriate. Yeah yeah, I know you'r thinking, "Wowwwwww....THAT is NOT true." Yes it is...your parents love you! Again...THEY'RE not punishing you-just wait, deal with embarassment! (just kidding), or confrence with them about it! --Best of luck!
Teen, 13 years old written by Oragami1

Hi! I'm 12 turning 13- I have a flipphone...*sigh* my parents haven't really told me why but I think it's because of social media news. I'm on social media but they probably think that they wouldn't be able to see what I'm doing or if I post anything inappropriate; or if I'm on it for too long, they consider me, "a noodle" if I zone into a screen for too long! I have to use their phones so they can see what I'm doing. They hardly ever let me use their phones...I'd be VERY surprised if they EVER got a phone for me on my birthday OR christmas!! My opinion, from the comments...I agree that it's mostly maturity! NOT age. Age doesn't matter or even if ALL your friends have a phone!
Teen, 13 years old written by CarolineM23

Totally agree. I too had to deal with a dreaded flip phone! And my parents are like freakin nazis when it comes to technology. The only other thing my mom has ever given me was a kindle.......when I was 8! Five years with that thing, not a single scratch, yet they still use the excuse that "I'm not responsible enough"
Teen, 13 years old written by anonymous1234567

I bought myself a kindle with my own savings when I was in 2nd grade. I currently do not have a phone, and am struggling socially because of this.
Kid, 11 years old

Hi, I definitely think that you should get one by 10. Maybe a hand me down, like a used phone that you can download an app that to text and call on, just in case.Or a cheap one that doesn't cost a lot. When you are 11 or 12, I definitely recommend getting a new phone. You start to actually NEED it. Like me. I started to be in situations where I needed to contact my parents and i couldnt. Very inconvenient for both of us. Plus, I started to have a wider group of friends, and we wanted to contact each other via phone. You also start to feel left out, because it seems everyone has it. It might not seem like a big deal, but it is to kids. I am only 11, and peer pressure was getting to me too. Even my parents thought so. They decided to get me a new one, and we ordered a new Galaxy S8 for me. I was very happy, and my parents thought I was responsible enough for one. Mind you, I am not saying to get the latest phone. ANY smartphone is good. But I think that you have to make sure your kid is responsible enough, despite their age. A 9 year old can be more ready than a 13 year old in terms of maturity. I hope I helped.
Kid, 12 years old

Ok, I have read basically every comment on this list to get an idea of what people are talking about. So as a 12 year old 6th grader, being mainly the majority of commenters on this thread, I'd like to give my opinion on the matter. But, before here's my history with any mobile device. I got my first tablet at age 8, it wasn't mich a cheap 50-ish dollar Digiland tablet, but I still loved it mostly finally having literally any touch device at all was a huge step up. Moving on adter a while due to boredom I soon moved to using the computer more often, because I was 10 and wanting something more. Then at age 11 August time, my mom had recently damaged her phone, her phone being a badly cracked cheap Alcatel Pop Star Lte 2. Me being fed up of tablets already took the phone despite the condition of it and fir the first 3 weeks it had data and calling, because after she droped she just abandoned it, I used anyway. This didn't last long, after my sister had found her lost iPod Touch, that had been missing for a year almost in a janitors closet in her high school... She started using it again.In March when she got a job she got an iPhone 5s, and I got her product red iPod ( meaning a portion of the money we paid for it was donated to cure AIDS in Africa). This is currently my main device I use, for all of my social media to interact with family and friends and to entertain myself. Now that it's out of the way, my personal future plans is a pre-paid iPhone 6 that's around $200 from Straight Talk. My reason why is so I have a phone of own to use to keep up with my school activities, friends on social media, calling people, since my parents seem to forget I can't call my sisters to see what their doing, and if I'm being honest it's the norm now to have a phone and even young teens and pre-teens need them now if there ready for it, most people at middle schools will have phones and they WILL BE ON THEM ALL THE TIME. In short if your ready for a phone and have valid reasons to have one go for it and ask your parents and prove it to them by getting chores done and setting points. Parents, sometimes if you're away a ton from the house working or their busy, it's important to keeps their needs in mind and think about getting them phone sit down and talk to them about requirements to get one. it's not just a texting machine, it can actually make it easier and safer if they had a phone.
Kid, 11 years old

Hi, I am a tween, and i am actually getting a phone next week, a S8 Galaxy. I think eleven is a good age, as you are a tween and starting middle school. I felt pretty left out, and i had new friends that I really liked that I wanted to be connected to, as before I was a shy and introverted person who didn't have a lot of close friends. I also actually needed it, as i go to a different church from my mom, so I need to have a form of communication with her. However, I have limits. I actually started my own rule: no social media. It spells trouble for kids, and if you read the news like I do (i like reading the news, it's interesting) you know what I mean. And I am only allowed to use electronics two days a week, Fridays and Sundays, which I think is a good limit for me. All that electricity and screen time is not good. And to all of you guys who desperately need a phone, I hear you. Maybe you should have a conference with your parents, talking about it. I hope this helped.
Teen, 17 years old written by JiminStan

I've read at least 20 comments and I could agree on probably a majority of them. I had my dad's iPod when I was five all the way to 10 years old. I wasn't in any grade when I got my very first phone because it was the end of fifth grade but it wasn't sixth grade either. I do believe you should at least have a device like an iPod or a cheap phone like a Samsung J3 Prime.. Your age and maturity can be key too. My recommended age to get a phone for your child is probably 5th grade, or the start of middle school like 6-7th grade. If peers are pressuring you, just lie to them and say you have a phone already and you aren't allowed to bring it to school. I bet that'll kick them off the road. If you are still unsure just make sure you do a daily check on their search history and maybe after they've gotten more mature and more respective towards the social media and technology, you can be sure they won't misuse it.
Teen, 14 years old written by TheCryptidFox

I think that you should get your child a phone at the beginning of middle school, because thats when they will most likely start getting into after school activities and will want to go off with friends.
Parent written by Sarah E.

Well I guess I will take the role of "worst mom in the world". Like Heather Land says "I ain't doin it!" I have three children, ages soon-to-be 4, an 8 year old and a 9 year old. my kids are already addicted to their Kindles as is I am not throwing a phone into the mix. My generation and this next generation has become so entitled and self absorbed, they believe that when they want something they deserve it no that is not true. When you hand a child a smartphone you're handing them over a very powerful tool. To have unfiltered internet access is insane. Do you realize how easily children can access pornography? Not just through searching for it on Google but also through Messenger and other hidden apps. The social pressure of sexting and sending lewd comments/photos to one another is so incredibly high. Do you realize that teen depression skyrockets by being on social media platforms by trying to meet up to their peers standards it's constant evaluation of whether they measure up 24 hours a day. And you don't even have to look at pornography through Google or messenger it's right there on Facebook teaching our kids what sexy is. There's the pressure right there I don't look like him I don't look like her. I'm saying maybe age 16 and that is with accountability software installed on their phone and controlled by my phone. Parents it does exist it is out there and yes your kids will be mad at you for it but better safe than sorry. look it up on Google Play apps. If you don't have the software of any sort your kids will find a way to hide things from you on their phone. I'd rather shave my legs with my husband's dull razor blade then buy my kids a smartphone before they are 16 years old and that's even pushing it because that's when they start driving and they may try to talk or text and drive. Nope. I ain't doin it.
Kid, 12 years old

I got my first phone at the end of 6th grade. It was my dad's old iphone 5 and it didn't work well. However, I am getting a Samsung Galaxy S8 (yes I'm spoiled when it comes to tech) for my birthday. I already have a tablet and 2 computers(laptop and desktop). Kids should get a phone at the end of a school year so that they aren't distracted by their new, awesome phone.
Teen, 13 years old written by Ash B.

I am 13 years old and am in 8th grade. Everyone in school and all of my older siblings have phones. Everyone teases me about not having a phone, plus I'm in Middle School and I have to ask strangers or people on my team for there phones so I can call my mom. It is really embarrassing. I've had a phone before and I had it for a long time but then my brother stole it and reset it so now I don't have a phone. I also have enough money saved up to get a really good phone but my parents say I can't buy one. I would say that the right time to get a phone is the beginning of midddle school.
Kid, 10 years old

Personally I think you should get your kid a phone before they enter middle school,as thats usually when they will start hanging out with their friends more often and going out with them (possibly without supervison). I got my first phone around 4 or 5 (it was a flip phone with my mum and dads number) and got my first smartphone at 8,im not the best example as my mum let me walk around my neighborhood since i was around 7 (she knew basicly everyone and their was a police station across the street so safty wasent a issue). so around 10/11/12 seems about right.
Adult written by Ashley L.

I'm literally a senior in high school and I don't have a phone. This is ridiculous. I am in the top of my class and never gotten a B or below in my life and I am super responsible. My parents are crazy.
Teen, 13 years old written by _amarie_

I’m 13, almost 14, and in 8 grade and still don’t have a phone. I’m almost going to be ready to have a drivers license and i only have an ipod. Almost everyone that goes to my Jr. High has a phone. There’s only 4 kids including me who don’t. When i ask to borrow someones phone after a volleyball, basketball, or track meet i feel super embarrassed because everyone just takes out their phones and i just sit there. A lot of people tease me about it and so do my parents. I’m really fed up with it and don’t know what to do. My birthdays in December and so is Christmas and if i don’t have one by the time i start high school i have no idea what i’m going to do.
Teen, 13 years old written by Bridget_Kelly

I'm in 8th grade, and it stinks not having a phone. Practically everyone in the school has one. When I'm at a party or something funny happens in class, I can't take my phone out and record it ... because I don't have a phone. My parents won't buy me one until I get my driver's license because they say I don't need one. But I have a lot of extracurricular activities, I do track and dance and clubs at school. I hate having to ask to borrow a phone. I'm saving my money, because if I buy my own phone my parents will let me keep it.
Parent of a 5 and 8 year old written by Judd C.

I'm very surprised that nobody is looking at the health implications of getting young kids a cellphone. There are some interesting and pertinent points raised about cultural, social and other implications, but the impact to kids' health and long term affects need to be addressed, as it's potentially more important and impact-full than any of the other issues. Every legitimate study ever completed on cellphones and their effects has indicated that cellphones are dangerous for developing children, especially when they are younger and their skulls are not thick enough to shield radiation. A cellphone emits EMFs, which is another term for microwave radiation. Every time you hold one to your head, you are in danger of slowly microwaving your brain. The biggest study done on this recently in the US has determined that heavy cellphone use is detrimental to brains, especially those in developing children, and heavy cellphone use is defined as 3 hours per month!!! There are numerous studies available from other countries saying the same thing. I personally have been a heavy cellphone user for about 15 years, and earlier this year developed a massive subdural hematoma (bleeding on the brain). As a result I nearly died and was rushed to hospital for emergency brain surgery. It was due to weakened blood vessels around my brain in the exact location of my cellphone ear, and heavy cellphone useage was determined to be the culprit by my team of Neurosurgeons. I have told my kids they will not be getting cellphones until their brains are developed and skulls are thick enough to shield most of the harmful radiation - ie: at 16 at the earliest! They are absolutely fine with it after seeing what I went through.
Teen, 13 years old written by Sami Q.

Alrighty, so this is a wee bit difficult topic to tackle. So I am a twelve-year-old and I am in seventh grade. Overall, I can say that 90% of the kids have a phone. I personally do not want to take the risk. The reason why is because I honestly don't want to mess with my digital footprint. Phones can lead to social issues of not used correctly. For example, most teens and around 65% of tweens have Facebook and Snapchat. These, if not used correctly can really impact their later life. For example, Caroline Knorr wrote in an article that colleges look at your digital footprint as a factor for your enrollment. This could really hurt students who want to be a part of the Ivy League. (I want to go to Princeton!) Also, having a phone could just get you into more trouble. For example, my uncle almost got divorced because of Facebook, so it really poses a risk. If I would recommend an age to get a phone, I would say 16. Also, if people peer pressure you to get a phone. Say that you're getting an iPhone X in a month. They'll forget about it by then. Also, if I would recommend a phone, get a one-plus 5. Dual cameras and a 1440p screen for 500 bucks. Yea!!!! Also, if you are an AP or Honor student (Like I am) watch your digital footprint. Youtube can play a big role in college enrollment if you make videos. (Like I do). Also, monitor your online chats. Don't chat about bad things. Remember, you are always being watched. So your phone is not as private as you think it is. So overall, my opinion on the minimum age for a phone is sixteen years. Share your thoughts!!! --- Sami
Adult written by F-gft B

I think that you should write a book. This would be very respected coming from someone your age for other teens and preteens. Consider kindle direct publishing its free . I personally would immediately pay to download your book/thoughts on cell usage for my daughter. Sometimes hearing the importance of the wait on cell phones, etc from a younger person is easier to relate to. You are very wise and you will not regret your decisions. I have never had a facebook and never will. Fortunately my 9 year old already thinks that FB is not cool. This society is hard to fight against. You will be blessed and really consider doing a small book or something.
Teen, 14 years old written by Bellagomez101

It all depends on if your kids do after school activities or not. It’s always a great idea for a good to have a phone when starting jr. High. It doesn’t need to be an expensive iPhone or Samsung. Start them off with something small and work your way up
Teen, 14 years old written by Justjayy

Honestly being a freshman in high school sucks without a phone, You have people peer pressuring you to get one, and I’m way to shy to ask my parents and I already know they will refuse due to the cost and they think if I were to have a phone I’d need a line to come with it our the phone won’t work. At the moment I have an iPad, which I can’t take places and its a bit embarrassing to me. A relative got it for me last year. I just wish I had a phone, sucks asking strangers to use their phone to make a call, sucks not keeping In touch with anyone. I honestly would buy my child a phone at the age of 12.
Teen, 13 years old written by CreeperBomb224

I just got to this website because I wanted to know when I am allowed to get a phone but apparently it's my parents decision. (RIP I have to wait till I'm 16, 3 more years)
Teen, 13 years old written by Reader Girl

I’d say late tweens but it depends on when the benefits of getting a phone start to apply to them. For older tweens and teens(like me) phones can help let parents know where you are and communicate with friends about important school projects, but for younger kids there aren’t as many advantages. Just listen to your head!
Kid, 11 years old

I personally really want a Google Pixel 2. I am quite scared and nervous to ask my parents though, as their preferred age to get a phone is 13. My birthday is at the very end of the year, though... So that's why it seems weird if they get me a phone when I'm 11, when I'm actually going to turn 12 soon. I don't think they would ever surprise me with a phone on my birthday, unless I was 13 or 14. I asked my mom these questions (without her knowing this was about smartphones) and she said yes, I'm responsible, no, I don't lose things. I didn't ask her the rest otherwise she would know about the whole phone situation. I've talked about the GP 2 only once so far to my sister... and I'm kinda losing it. I have an iPod right now, and it works very well, but I have noticed everyone else has a phone except for me. I am in a school that's around 10 minutes away from my house, so if I ever walked and there was an emergency (which will hopefully NEVER happen) I could call or text them quickly with just a tap of my finger.
Teen, 14 years old written by EmmaReviewsStuff

I don't believe there is an exact textbook age to get a phone. I'm 14, I have no phone whatsoever, and I'm okay with that. It depends on the situation. For example, I'm homeschooled, and none of my activities require me needing a device to communicate with my parents, like if I needed to text them to pick me up at a certain time. It probably also depends with the people you hang out with. I'm mostly friends with people who are younger then me and don't have phones, or don't frequently use their phones. I've noticed a lot of the comments are saying that they WANT, not NEED a phone. I wouldn't take it personally if your parents say no to giving you a phone. Your parents know best. But if you're constantly borrowing your friends phones to text your parents or something like that, you probably need a phone. I can imagine it can be a burden if you feel like you need to check your phone constantly, so your parents may want to protect you from that. And guess what? If you don't have a phone, your parents don't hate you. So please calm down and do something that doesn't require technology. Go talk to your friends face to face. You don't need to worry about checking your notifications or keeping a streak on Snapchat, you're free!
Kid, 12 years old

The right time for parents to get their kid a phone more depends on the maturity rather than the age. I got an iPod on my 9th birthday, and an iPhone 4s as my frist phone. I then got my iPhone 7 from my Grandad last Christmas. He also got me a 1gb and unlimited calls and text plan.
Teen, 14 years old written by ameliathebeaver

So, I turn 15 in about a month and I've only ever had one phone (no data or texting just a phone I could use wifi on) which was really crappy and broke after a couple months, my mother won't buy me a phone mostly because of money reasons but she won't let my dad buy me a phone who I'm pretty sure has enough money for it. I don't know why they won't get me one, I'm in all honours/accelerated classes and I've got straight A's, I do yearbook, drama, and my afterschool orchestra which you have to try out for plus regular orchestra and I take art. I think this alone shows that I'm responsible enough but I'm also in honour society and 4-h. I believe I am responsible enough but my mom thinks I'm too young even though most kids get phones in 5th grade now and I'm the only one in my grade(10 with 2 grade 11 classes) who doesn't have a phone. I believe I need one due to the amount I have to borrow my friend's phone to text her and the amount I stay after and go to events by myself and stay at friends houses. Although I try to respect her decision sometimes it's really hard and I will get into arguments with her. She never really explains why she doesn't want me to have a phone though it's always just "because I said so" and I'm curious as to why so if anyone has any ideas why please let me know.
Teen, 13 years old written by Reader Girl

I can understand how that would be frustrating. Try to find a quiet time to sit down and talk to her. Tell her you respect her decision and ask if there is any way you could work to get a phone.
Teen, 14 years old written by ameliathebeaver

UPDATE: My grandma who I don't see a lot got me a phone. She thinks that I need one due to the sheer amount of time I spend away from home and my mom. Although I do not yet have data she is thinking about getting me it. My mom says it's ok as long as I get my school work done and I'm trying my best although my classes this year are really hard. Just thought you guys might want to know I got a phone.
Kid, 12 years old

I am 12 years old and in the 7th grade, but my parents won't give me a cellphone!! I have the money to buy one, but they say that I am too young!! Everyone else in my grade has a cellphone, except me!!!! I deserve a cell phone! I have never done anything bad in my life!! THey just don't trust my brother, so they think that I can't be trusted too!
Teen, 13 years old written by Reader Girl

Hi, I’m in 7th grade too. I know not having a phone is tough but you’ll be grateful in the long run. I as well as most of my friends have a phone and people have received inappropriate messages and gotten in really big trouble. I know it’s a burden but hold out a little longer. Negotiate something with your parents, such as if you make good grades and don’t get in trouble they’ll get you one as an 8th grade graduation present.
Parent of a 17 year old written by Elizabeth H.

It is good to hear you haven't done anything bad! I am sure not having a cell phone in the 7th grade is no fun. But please believe your parents love and care about you. I respect parents that can do hard things for the benefit of their children. You keep being a good kid =) and things will work out for you.
Teen, 13 years old written by Teen7

I think that kids should get basic phones when they have valid reasons to have a phone (example, after school commitments), but when they are in high school, a smartphone, like the iPhone 6, is acceptable. This is my opinion because the world is changing, and this is a good idea, because you get children with iPhone 7's and their parents have iPhone 6's (experience).
Kid, 12 years old

Well, I personally believe it depends more on the responsibility level of the child. If the parent or guardian feels the child is responsible enough, any age over, let's say nine would be smart. I don't actually have a phone, but only because I personally asked my parents to wait until I was thirteen. Sure, I'm probably responsible enough now, however I want the rush of happiness that comes with getting a phone to be that much better. Thanks for taking the time to read this comment.
Teen, 15 years old written by hockeykid102

i am a 16 year old and i dont have a phone but i think there shouldnt be an age on when a kid should get a phone the only factor in my house is if i can pay for at least half of the bill and when i am able to do that i can get a phone and i already can pay for half the bill and i am starting to get to the point where i need one just hear me out i ref hockey and i have had a few of my ref partners not show up for the game and i didnt have a phone to allow me to call my assigner to get another ref to help me out so i had to ref a peewee tear 1 so pretty high level by MYSELF!!!! and the parents and coaches were getting mad at me for not making a call they saw but i didnt because im only one person and i cant see everything
Kid, 10 years old

My mum said that when i go to secondary school next year, that i can have a cheap smartphone (under £70) and that i cant have a sim deal over 10 pounds unless i want to pay for it my self. I think that if (unless you know that they wont look after it) that any child should get a cheap smartphone for their 11th birthday/just before high school/secondary school. If they want an upgrade they can pay for it them self.
Teen, 17 years old written by miyyyaah14

I got my first iphone when i was 12 i had a iphone 5c and. and when i turn 14 i got an iphone 6+ andnow at the age of 16 i have an red iphone 7+ but my first phone was an samsung .when i was 8 but to me you should get your kid a phone at the age of 11yrs but my little brother is 6 and has an iphone 5s and my big brother is 17 and he has an iphone 6c im my moms only daugter so im spoiled
Kid, 11 years old

Honestly I only got a phone bc I had all A's and B's but tbh you don't really need a phone unless your parents are divorced and you need a way to communicate with them, or if you are in certain grade levels that your parents get worried etc.
Parent of an infant, 3, 9, and 15 year old written by Ashley L.

Hi! I'm a mother of 4, but I got my oldest daughter a phone at age 11. She's really happy with it, and before that I got her an iPad at age 6, then an iPod touch at age 10. It's an iPhone 7 and she was waiting for it forever! She was being so good, getting good grades, working her hardest for it. She deserved it so an iPhone 7 was perfect for her! She loves taking photography and the iPhone 7 camera is perfect for her! P.S. her first phone was an iPhone 5s because tha was the newest phone at the time!
Kid, 10 years old

As a kid, I don't think us children should have a phone until we get an actual job. I don't have one, and to be honest with you I don't really want one. I don't care that everyone in my grade has one as well as social media. There are just some things some people have that others don't. And that's just life. In the old days cell phones weren't invented, and everyone lived just fine. I see 6 year olds using smartphones which is pathetic. As for social media, NO ONE UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE!!! All my friends have it, I don't have it, I don't want it. I hope my opinion is helpful.
Teen, 14 years old written by ameliathebeaver

If it wasn't for social media I don't think I would be alive tbh. I've made so many internet friends who have helped me get through my depression and other hard parts of my life. If not for some of the youtubers I watch I;m not sure I would be as happy as I am. This is just my opinion and although I disagree with yours I just wanted to share mine to give you some insight as to how social media can be good. Ps. I agree with the 6 year olds statement, you should be at least a preteen.
Kid, 12 years old

I had been wanting a phone for a while and got it a few months ago, LG G5 (since samsung note 7 explodes) . by the way kid-who-is-10, my mom got a phone when she was in high school and that was in the 90s and you are saying that kids in the 21st century should not have phones. Any kid who is allowed out of their house should have a phone.
Adult written by Aliya L.

I believe that kids should get a smartphone at 12 or 13 cause that is when there going to want to go off with friends hang out and do other stuff and they will never want to go anywhere without there cell witch means you can track them and call them if your worried
Adult written by Sally A.

I have 3 kids and believe that it is a must for your child and you for them to have a smartphone. These days phones are used for everything from being social to education and saftey.Kids get bullied for not having a phone and feel left out. Their are so many benefits of having a phone and I think it is stupid that some parents don't understand that their kids should get a phone. It is not as safe today as it was when us parents were growing up. Your child will need a phone when they get their first job, and do extra after school activities. By the age of 13 most kids are responsible enough and can benefit from a smart phone, it's better safe then sorry.
Teen, 13 years old written by theanimelover66

I am 13 years old and I have a flip phone. I do not like it very much. I have my own laptop and a Kindle Fire, but I really wish I had a smartphone. My father doesn't want me to have a smartphone because he doesn't want to pay for a data package. My older sister is 15 years old and even she doesn't have a smartphone. He says we can get smartphones when we get jobs and can pay for them ourselves. But none of my friends or classmates have to pay for their data packages or phones. I really don't think it's fair. In school we also use our phones for work and to check grades, and I can't do that with a flip phone. But then again it depends on the parent and their beliefs on what kind of phone a kid should have.
Adult written by Vaughan's Mom

First phone idea - We got our son a "gizmo" at about age 8 (through Verizon) It's worn like a watch and limits calls to four phone numbers that you choose. We love the GPS feature that tells us exactly where he or the phone/watch is. When ever we go skiing, theme park etc, we make sure this is on his wrist. He's 10 now. I don't feel the need to upgrade to a smartphone yet, knowing he has the "gizmo" to reach us if he needs to.
Teen, 15 years old written by kys_15.year.olds

hey Im 15 years old and Im turning 16 in december. I dont have a phone its ridiculous, my mother tells me its because im irresponsible. So im earning money, just get a job and you can pay it off in about a month I get 10$/h around 2000$ a month thats enough for about 2 years
Teen, 14 years old written by Love_life

I'm 12 years old and my bestie is 11 and our moms both agreed that 14 is a good age to give us phones till now her mom said if she gets a b c in school she will get one and it's so annoying now she is bragging and I HATE IT I'm the only one at my school who doesn't have a phone I have an iPod but I'm soo responsable more than my friend is but my mom still says no and it buggs me I just wish my mom would listen to me but she says you don't need a phone and it gets on my nerves
Teen, 13 years old written by funkybunch03

i’m 13 and i don’t have a phone either !! i have an ipod and i agree:,) many people make fun of me for not have having a phone lmao and my parents are telling me i have to wait till i can pay for it. but i won’t be able to get a job till 16 so i HIGHLY suggest getting a phone for your kid who is entering middle school. it’s 2017 parents!!
Kid, 11 years old

I'm 11, and DO have a iPhone 6S, I personally do think it's a great idea to get your kid a phone. #1 they can keep in contact during an emercency. #2 You don't get made fun of. I would say get them a phone at 9 1/2 or 10. I had my first phone (iPhone 4) at 9 1/2 in fourth grade. But also saying I'm kind of a tech nerd and a collector so that's just my opinion.
Adult written by johns12

I am 12 and I don't have a phone, I have an iPod. If you're not sure if you kid needs a phone try an iPod. useful site: commonsensemedia
Teen, 14 years old written by RubyCollins

I am 14 years old I have been asking my parents for a phone for about a year now. I know it seems silly to be so invested in just a phone but I feel left out around friends because I don't have one. I have been saving up for 8 months for a phone and still don't have enough money. It's hard to try and save up for something when you can't get a job. I'm going into high school this year and it seems like everyone has already had a phone forever. I feel I am mature enough to handle it and I keep trying to explain to my parents that times have change and a phone could really benefit me. I'm actually on this website to get thoughts and facts on why I should get a phone so I can write an essay explaining to my parents the reasons I want a phone. I think the fact I willing to pay and write an essay even though there is no reason I have to sort of show I am mature enough to handle my own phone.
Teen, 13 years old written by gymnastforlife

Well thats kinda a problem,but i'm just assuming your saving up for like an iphone 7 or somthing,so i dont really feel bad,cause my first phone was like $15,so dont complain
Teen, 15 years old written by DhruvBalaji

I got a phone when I was 12, in seventh grade. I actually got my first phone when I was 8 or 9, but it was just an old flip-phone. I got a smartphone at 12 because I was heavily involved in extra-curricular activities, such as orchestra practice, martial arts and I had a job working at a grocery store. I think 12-13 is a good age to receive a smartphone. Children under that age are just too immature. I remember when I was 10, I wanted a phone so badly. I asked my parents for one almost 24/7, but they refused. At the time, I was angry. But now I can clearly see why kids under 12-13 have no business owning expensive smartphones. If they need communication so badly, get them a $5 flip phone.
Teen, 13 years old written by vickcapt1989

I am 14 but my parents don't want me to us a cell phone. They think l will use my phone to watch bad stuffs, and l want use it for studies. this is really bothering me because,i use my phone to play games, and i don't use it for bad stuffs
Kid, 12 years old

I am 12 and I don't have a phone, i have a ipod. If you're not sure if you kid needs a phone try a ipod. They can text, play games, search the web, etc. I still want a phone, I feel really felt out.
Kid, 11 years old

So basically, I've been asking for a phone from the time I was 6. I know that's not the right age, but I was always tech savvy and on my birthday whenever my parents said, "Happy Birthday, make a wish", my wish was "I wish I get a phone". They always said, the right age is 12. So I agreed but my wish was always the same. And now when I ask them if I can have a phone because my birthday is in a month's time, they say no because apparently they told me the 'wrong age' all this while and the actual age to get a phone is 18. I tell them that ALL of my friends have phones, and my best friend has a Google Pixel. What they say is, "Yeah he has it because he's alone at home the whole time" And then obviously whenever I go shopping I see these 7 year old kids throwing tantrums because their Samsung S8 has only 45% battery (apparently, low battery), so "how on earth are they going to watch more Peppa Pig?" So definitely embarrassing situations are something I face daily. Someone asks me "what phone do you have?" Or "what's your Instagram?" and I feel ashamed to tell them I have no phone or Instagram so I either have to change the topic or lie to them, which either ways makes me feel extremely sad inside. So overall I feel that smartphones should be given to kids at the age of 11-13.
Kid, 10 years old

Kids don't need phones or social media!! I don't have either. I don't want them.
Teen, 13 years old written by gymnastforlife

oh my god i hate being asked about my phone (that I dont have )and then i always have those friends who are just like "just ask your parents",it makes me sooooo mad 'cause if i ask my parents one more time i think they will get ridiculasllyyyy mad,so ditto
Kid, 11 years old

Well, If you want a phone, try to ask 'em if you could do something like chores to get your phone before you are 18, because, I guess when you are a teen you need to have a phone because obviously all teens have phones and social media, and they have phones before they are 18. So probably asking them if you can do chores is the right thing to do, instead of saying what your friends have. Hope this helps!
Grandparent written by N S

I believe kids can be given a smartphone that is designed for them and not the ones we see in current market. Children between the age of 11 and 16 are vulnerable as it's an age range when most of the children doesn't understand their dangers in spite of them being given lectures on it. Social media is good for communicating and making new friends. But these new friends can be dangerous criminals too. So i am asking the question " Is your child's safety more important or making new friends in social media?" I also believe that children need a good internet connection to check their school mails and do their projects. But When it comes to school emails, they just need a school email app to access the mails. To do a school project, they just need to use a computer at home or school. Why use a phone when it's causing a strain to eyes. I have also heard mobile phones are a distraction to students in classroom. Internet is like an access to the world. It has lots of negative contents along with the positive as you all know. At school or home premises, accessing all the negative contents can be controlled to some extend. So i believe when it comes to internet connections, they should only have access to check school mails via app and also other apps that are beneficial for them but not the " internet explorer". Internet explorer should be under parent/school control at least till 16 years of age. I know most of the parents might be against this. But is your child's safety more important than them having an internet explorer ? Think !!!! Is this an age for your child to be addicted to porn. Yes!! Children should be given nice looking phones. I have a story to tell on this. One day when i was travelling on the train, a bunch of 12 or 13 year old students got in. They were taking snaps of each other and i heard one saying "wow you got the latest iphone." They were showing off each other with their phones. Is this right?. Nowadays children are asking for latest phones as gifts on their birthdays. Can all parents afford the latest iphone for their child? Is it right? Why do we have uniforms in schools? So should we have a uniformity in phones as well ? I think it's high time that children between the age of 11 and 16 should be given a smartphone/ phone that is specifically designed for them and all schools should be strict on the type of phone students should carry.
Teen, 13 years old written by Teenaaru04

Hi as a 13 year old who does not have a phone i have asked my parents for a phone since i was 11 they said no but i think it was okay then but now when i am going 8 th grade i don't think its fair not having a phone but when i go shopping i see 8 yr olds with iphones while i dont have a phone it hurts a lot but i think 13 is the age to start.
Kid, 11 years old

I'm about 11. I think this depends entirely on the parents and their conscience. But I have a phone. It's a smartphone, but it can only call, text and receive e-mails. I use it because I can call my parents, grandparents and a few close friends. The internet is very slow, so I don't bother to use it. It's a hand-me-down from my grandfather. I have a tablet for entertainment purposes, on which I typed this comment. My final decision is a child should have a phone when they need it. I don't think there's an age limit.
Teen, 13 years old written by bradmister56

as a 13 year old going into the eighth grade and doesn't have a phone, 13 - 16 would be my opinion and maturity plays a role in having a phone as well as responsibility but i see everyone a round me on there phones at school and at baseball practices for some reason but i would only use it to stay in touch with my friends and parents. Also, to tell my parents when i'm going home from school or i'm ready to be picked up from church. onother reason is to learn responsibility and maturity. Hope this helps and it also deponds on the parents dicsision and if they think there child is ready for a phone. just remember around middle school should your child have a phone.
Adult written by Alex F.

I'm 20 soon to be 21 end of next month and I got my first cellphone on my 18th birthday. I think kids should not get a cellphone until they are 18 cause of all the sexting I hear teens do and creating child pornography. I'm sure not all teens do that but alot do. At least only get 17- kids a flip phone with only texting/calling and no data so they can't send inappropriate content. At least they can stay in touch with their parents.
Kid, 12 years old

The age doesn't matter. The maturity does. Lots of kids have lots of stuff going on--some in which they don't want to talk with their family members, but rather talk about it with their friends. Not all the time will they be able to see their friends the next school day. Over breaks (winter, spring, summer) they won't always be able to see their friends--they might go on vacation or their friends might go on vacation, and they won't be able to talk with them. Another thing is: Is your kid responsible enough? Is your kid getting, or aiming to get good grades? Is your kid keeping their items in track (their water bottles, jackets, school folders, backpacks)? Are they helping around the house? If all the answers equal yes, then you should consider getting your child a phone. But if they are talking back, fighting with siblings constantly, losing their stuff constantly, then I would suggest you be wary at the idea of getting them a phone. One last question: Does your kid beg for a phone? If they do, then you should stop them right there. They shouldn't be whining about a phone. If they ask once or twice, then you should consider. But if they are asking you every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every mother of every year, then you should hold back. Don't give in. Wait until they realise that they won't get anywhere, complaining and fussing over a piece of an electronic device. Hopefully, this review was helpful enough. I hope, parents, that this review helps you decide whether or not to get your kid a phone, and kids I hope that you can be at peace with not having a phone. Have a good day--or night!!
Kid, 10 years old

I got an iPhone 7 a few days ago. I am so happy to finally get one because everyone around me has one. I was the only person in 4th grade who didn't have a phone, so I think a person 10 or older can get a phone and use it responsibly.
Teen, 13 years old written by Ro Vyas

A 4th grader doesn’t need a phone. Especially an iPhone 7! I got a iPhone 5s in 5th grade because I am (super mature) for my age. It should be 13+!
Teen, 15 years old written by jasmineisjesus

Mainly there's no age limit to get a phone it's how mature they are kids aged 8-10 have phones for emergencies, but I think bout 11 years old is a good age to get a phone, your child under 11 years old they can have a iPod but it's the parents choice on how mature and responsible they are I have a iPhone 5S but I bought it with my own money, my sister is 13 years old and got a iPhone 6s Plus, no matter what age it's the parents choice. :)
Teen, 13 years old written by Connerbru

I'm going into 8th grade and I don't have a phone. I'm not allowed to have any social media or communicate with my friends without parent supervision. I get really annoyed by not having a phone and I am very involved and our school is completely ran by phones and it's RIDICULOUS! Kids want to able to be on them at lunch, teachers post homework on instagram, and teachers allow kids to have their phones out for classwork giving them full access to the internet. My little cousins have phones and my 8 year old sister has friends with phones. It can be very embarrassing when somebody says, hey what's your instagram, Snapchat, or phone number and you have to come up with some excuse like oops I forgot it. I beg my parents for a phone and I tell them that basically everyone has a phone and they say that some don't. I get good grades and am responsible I have received citizenship awards and participate and volunteer at our school but my parents still won't budge. It now is a learning tool and I think that it is important to have a phone. think that 13 is a good age to get a smartphone if they are responsible and mature.
Kid, 10 years old

Well when I was going into middle school I am....my brother got a iPhone 7 for Christmas and he had a flip phone that had been in the family for like 4 years so when he got his iPhone I got his old flip phone so I think kids should get like a cheap flip phone or something simple and cheap when they enter middle school, that is just my opinion but parents may have other ideas. I personally think having like an iPhone really young isn't good, one of my friends younger brother had this huge expensive phone and he was only 6 I was like "are you kidding me" I obviously didn't say that but I disproved of it....anyway I think you shouldn't have a very expensive phone when you are super young.
Kid, 10 years old

If you have a child under 18, you should have a reason why you're giving them a phone. Make sure they are responsible if they break or lose their phone. And I also reccomend an app or a phone that can protect your child from predators, bad apps, and bad websites. Always check their phone too once in awhile.
Teen, 17 years old written by sugar13

I think that kids should be allowed to get at least a flip phone that can talk and text by midlle school, and get a smartphone by the time they turn 16. I got a flip phone when I was 12 because I wanted to go out and ride my bike to the mall, or to McDonald's or something like that.
Kid, 12 years old

I say ages 11-12. Really middle school, because many kids walk/bike to school on a daily basis. Some children may need to wait another year, but most can handle following the school rules on cell phones. Most middle schoolers have them now, some teachers even allow kids to use them for certain educational projects because they know most kids have a smartphone. It's never fun to feel left out. That's why I think the start of middle school a good age to consider a smartphone for your child.
Kid, 11 years old

I really think kids that are 11 should have phones,I mean when you start middle school you should have one,I face may quite embarassing situations like "hey,what is your number" or "do you wanna text later" and you kinda have to lie and say " oh,my phone is broken" or "i lost my phone",I get soo mad when i see little kids with their own phones.In 3rd grade my best friend got an iphone 5(that was the newest iphone then)it even had service,now she has an iphone 6.And litrely allllllllllllll my friends have them,i used that excuse and my parents said"oh yeah,who?" and i told them who had one,and they made an excuse foe every single person.My parents have a junk drawer with like 3 iphone 4s,an htc,a zte and a couple other phones,but they wont give me one,i am willing to pay for service,but still no
Kid, 11 years old

The only reason I want a phone is so I can have wifi all the time. But I see like 5 year olds with phones and I think. What the heck! Lots of people say 11 is the age where kids become mature enough for a phone and social. But being so small and having a phone is just wrong.
Teen, 14 years old written by dark queen

It depends on the environment and the maturity level of your child. If you think your kid knows how to use a phone responsibly and deserves to have one; I don't see why you shouldn't allow them to own one. A major reason for your child's desire to have a phone would be their friends, if most or all their friends do have phones they'd obviously want one. Most kids in middle school own phones nowadays, I had my first iPhone in sixth grade when all my friends had one. I didn't want to be the 'uncool' kid, now I realize that's a wrong mindset but that's how your children might think. You might think it's silly, but to them it's a huge deal. There are other major reasons too, like being able to connect with friends anywhere anytime, they also need it to call you for a ride or in case of an emergency. Also using the internet and social media, you might think it would isolate your kid from the 'real world' or get them addicted to it. Sure, that's possible, but the 'internet' is actually a mirror of their 'real lives'. It's the same thing as going to the mall back in the days. And to prevent harm from coming their way, you need to set rules before you give them a phone. Parental control? tell them and discuss. Certain times to have it? tell them. Total freedom? discuss the rules and listen to what they have to say and their reasoning and then settle on common ground. Most importantly respect their privacy.
Teen, 13 years old written by TheBallisticBean

I think it is extremely annoying how there are kids younger than me that have phones. I only have an iPod touch and almost all of my friends have phones. I am writing a paper on this in English and I think that there should be an age restriction to own a smart phone. Having phones at a low age can be dangerous to them. They can look up inappropriate things that can be harmful to them. Also child abusers could ask them for pictures of themselves.
Teen, 13 years old written by violet101

I know right i have ipod touch to!I like it but I cant even text without internet and I dont have internet at home so im always useing it in the stores.
Kid, 11 years old

I'm 11 and I've got a phone. It isn't the iPhone 7 or anything, but it's a Nokia which is fairly tech savvy. I got it today and I'm more than happy with it. I can call, text and use Bluetooth. I recently shifted house, and I live in a gated community. So if my parents are at home and I'm on the other side of the community, in the playground or a at a friends place, I can use it to tell them I'm coming home or they can do vice versa. I think a kid should gat a phone at ages 9-12, maybe a bit later, but it depends on maturity and responsibility. If you think your kid is ready, then go for it. But don't give them a flagship smartphone. It can be quite dangerous. It's just my opinion. Thanks for taking your precious time to read this. Bye.
Teen, 13 years old written by toxicgrounds

There is no correct age to get a kid a cell phone, you should base your decision off of maturity and circumstance. One age related rule I would give is don't give a kid a phone, the last thing you want is your 8-year-old playing tag with an iphone 7 in their pocket. I'd say at least wait for middle school. If you think your child isn't ready for a phone, you instinct is probably right. Think about how mature they are, and if they need it. As they get older, kids will go out alone, my friends and I are theater nerds, so we'd all go see musicals together. I'd always have to borrow someone's phone to call for a ride. I also work as a caddy in the summer, I have to borrow someone's phone once i'm ready to go home, which is a pain. If your kid does stuff like this frequently, I'd recommend a phone. Than again if your child does these things but you still don't think they will use it with correctly, than you are probably right. One last thing, if your kid constantly breaks their phone, don't buy them a new one. There's someone I know who breaks his phone at least once a month, I mean full on broken. One time he snapped it in half because he was angry at a teacher. He gets a new one every time, his parents are used to it now. If it happens once, yeah help your kid out, maybe split the cost to fix the screen, or replace it with them. But multiple times, they're on their own.
Teen, 16 years old written by hulet2

I think the best age for a person to have a smartphone is not an age but when the parent’s child is mature enough to understand the dangers of a smartphone and will have self-control over it. Understanding the dangers of a smartphone is very important. The child could do anything on their phone whenever they want without a parent around, like communicating with whomever they want and looking up whatever they want. Teenagers should also be responsible enough to have self-control over their smartphone, because if they let themselves become addicted, then they may not be able to pull themselves from social media or video games. Also, parents should make sure that their child actually needs a smartphone for useful purposes and not just for entertainment or because everyone else has one. It is vitally important for children and teenagers to understand the difference between being dependent on a phone and using it as a tool for extra help, and using it as a main source of connection with people and experiencing true connection through real conversation. If parents were to focus on this going forward, then instead of their children becoming more and more dependent on devices for connection with others, they might develop the ability to truly understand and learn from other human beings.
Kid, 12 years old

I'd say right before they enter middle school. It's when most kids start to be home alone and do sports and other stuff like that. Also, start out with a cheap-ish smartphone that's an android, NO IPHONES. That way the kids can be trusted with a phone before they get a fancy new one that costs $500
Educator and Parent written by Diana J.

I believe that at the age of 12 and up you should be able to trust your children to not do anything dumb on their phone and of you are not sure just go through their phone every once in a while I do that to my children and I have no problem with her the point is just your kids
Teen, 16 years old written by Steven.A

I personally think that teens at the age of thirteen should be able have their first cell phone. The reason why I say this is because through out my years in middle school, I know how it feels to not own a cell phone. I went through stages of trying to get hold of my parents, research for school, and the annoyance of asking a stranger for a call home. This is why teens at the age of thirteen and above should have cell phones to prevent the stages I went through.
Teen, 13 years old written by sparkle_tt_2

I know a 7year old who got a iPhone 7 which is crazy!! If I had a kid I would get them a flip phone when they get into high school.
Teen, 16 years old written by Alex Bravo

Kids getting their phone at a young age is a really debated topic among parents. Some parents feel their kid should get a phone at a younger age while other parents may say their kid should get their phone at an older age. I believe the right age range to get your kid a cell phone is between thirteen and sixteen because that’s when they turn into a teenager and have to become responsible. They need to learn how to take care of something really valuable. The child needs to show a high level of respect and responsibility in order to earn the phone. That’s why I believe the age range on getting a kid a cell phone should start at thirteen because at that age they’ll be old enough to understand phones and also be mature with using them. Another reason a parent should get their kid a phone is because they will have a way to communicate. Their kid should be able to have right at their fingertips a way to contact their parents in case they ever need to get a hold of them right at their fingertips. Kids at age thirteen should have a phone because the older they get the more they start going out and the more likely they are to go more places without adult supervision. My last reason I believe a parent should get their kid a phone between the ages of thirteen and sixteen is because it can be a great study tool for school. When kids are in the age of thirteen and sixteen they are either in middle school or high school. Kids could use their phones to search the internet whenever they are stuck on a specific class or need to look up tutorial videos, examples, and definitions etc. I believe the age is just right because at age thirteen and older their school work starts to become challenging and they will most likely need the internet for help. Kids can use phones to email their teachers to check for missing assignments or ask any questions they might have. Kids can use phones to use the calculator, calendar to stay organized, the note section to add important information and lastly use it to set up reminders to turn assignments in on time. A phone is great for teenagers because it’s really helpful and it can be used for a lot of things that pertains to school. Kids are better off with a smartphone. Smartphones will really enhance a kid’s knowledge in a positive way.
Teen, 15 years old written by Jennifer Z

I believe that the right age for a kid to have a cell phone is at a range of age between 14 and 17 because at that age kids are more responsible and mature. But getting them a phone doesn't mean that they have earned it. First they have to show you that they can handle a cell phone and won't get distracted when doing homework or other important things. If they do so then since you’re the parent you have the right to take it away until you see that they can handle it now responsibly and won't get to distracted easily. But on the other hands I still believe that kids that are still not that age need a phone to stay in touch with parents if they are going over to a friend’s house and or walk home or use public transportation from school home. I say that parents will think twice before giving their child a phone and also think on the reasons why it not good to give a child under age a phone. So I predict that parents will give their child a phone at age 14-17 when they’re responsible and mature enough or when they can prove they deserve it.
Teen, 15 years old written by Xanthus Rose

“There’s no connection to the dark side without the device” (Chen, page 2). The phone is used by many children, not having a phone can make children a target of criticism, bullying, and can single them out in class (during tech based activities and tests). When I give my child a smartphone he must have proved to me that he is mature, the age itself is not as relevant as the maturity of my child. The internet is huge responsibility, and I must believe that my child is ready and able to limit himself from the dark desires on the internet. Before I give my child a smartphone, I must understand that I can’t have control of my child that’s up to him. We will never have control, but we can teach our children to have control often just by being an example. Often just using educational apps, maybe even playing trivia with them. Parenting is only as hard as we make.
Teen, 16 years old written by Britney H.

Most parents have trouble deciding when they should buy their children cell phones. In my opinion, parents should buy their kids cell phones. The tricky question is how to know when a child is ready to own a smartphone. Once you give your kid their first phone, you might start wondering what they are doing with it and who they might be talking to. It’s not that you don’t trust them, its that you don’t trust other people on social media. They are exposed to online bullies and child predators. However, children from different ages show different amounts of maturity. The age of a kid does not show the level of maturity or responsibility. Giving your child a cell phone shows that you’re ready to trust them when you’re not with them. It is understandable “why people buy their kids smartphones”. One reason to buy a cell phone is for safety purposes, especially when they have to take public transportation from home to school. When you’re not around your children, you worry if they’re not fine. A cell phone allows you to contact whoever you want whenever you want. Network problems actually do limit when and where parents can contact their kids, so providing your kid with a phone may provide parents with a false sense of security. It doesn’t matter where you are, with just a click of a button you’ll be able to contact anyone. In the New York Times “article” “ What’s the Right Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?” Brian X. Chen gives a couple of reasons why cell phones can be used for other things. “ Smartphones undoubtedly bring benefits. With the devices, children gain access to powerful apps, including education tools for studying, chat apps for connecting with friends and the wealth of information on the web.”As a student, using my phone as a tool can be very beneficial. When I used to have troubles in math class, I would search up ways to solve the math equations. By watching videos, I eventually learned how to solve different equations. However, smartphones can also be a great distraction. Smartphones are not only used as a study tool. If you pay attention to the negative side of cell phones, you’ll realize that kids can become highly addicted to them. A few things that your kid can be exposed to is games, sexting apps, child predators, and cyberbullies. Most parents decide to buy their children their first smartphone in hopes that they are mature enough to avoid the dark side of these devices. Internet safety speaker Jesse Weinberger said, “The longer you keep Pandora’s box shut, the better off you are.” As I continued to read the same article, I found a study that was published last year. Common Sense Media was curious enough to poll parents and children to see how many admitted having an addiction to their cell phones. “5o percent of the children admitted that they were addicted to their smart phones. It also found that 66 percent of the parents their children used mobile devices too much, and 52 percent of the children agreed. About 36 percent of parents said they argued with their children daily about device use.” The main question here is “ How can you determine the right time?”The answer varies because it all depends on how mature the kid is. Age does not show levels of responsibility, independence and maturity. The Chief executive of Common Sense Media, James P. Steyer, said, “No two kids are the same, and there’s no magic number.” “ A kid’s age is not as important as his or her own responsibility or maturity level.” One example that shows how age does not show how mature you are is an incident that occurred at a Colorado high school. 100 student at a colorado high school were trading nudes of themselves on their mobile devices. A way to prevent kids from making mistakes while owning a smartphone is creating a contract. Ms. Weinberger came up with a family contract listing rules of smartphone use. The contract also contains consequences when breaking the rules. It “ includes promises never to take nude selfies and never to try to meet strangers from the internet in real life.” Parents state what the consequences are for breaking the rules, and the child must sign the contract before receiving a smartphone.” Overall, deciding whether to get children a phone depends on whether the kid can be trusted to send pictures or texts responsibly. If trust isn’t present between the parent and the child then buying a smartphone is probably not the best choice to make.
Teen, 16 years old written by Kaitlynn

Most people, including children, need a cellphone to keep in contact with friends and family, for entertainment and for safety. What age a child gets a phone can have a large effect on how the child grows up. I believe if a child is given a cell phone it should come with strict rules. Having a phone is a great way for children to keep in contact with the people they love. It's also a great way for bullies and child predators to reach them. However, if a parent gives their child a phone with only a few functions or a phone with parental controls, this sort of thing is less likely to happen. Cell phones can also be useful for entertainment. Playing games and browsing social media is a perfect time killer for when someone has some free time. But there is a difference between using a phone during free time and using a phone at an inappropriate time. Parents are often worried that their child will become addicted and reliant on their smartphone. Setting limits for where and how long a child can use their cell phone can help them avoid addiction and reliance. Giving a child a cell phone can help keep them safe.Some parents, however, worry that the cell phone will bring more harm than safety. Teaching the child to avoid talking to sketchy people, how to pick trustworthy apps and how to find reliable web pages can help keep them from getting in more trouble than a cell phone can get them out of. Deciding when to give a child a cell phone is not an easy task. There is no specific age that is suitable for all children. Before giving a child a cell phone a parent should have them sign a contract promising not to do certain things and browse safely. If the child breaks the rules a parent should enforce the consequences and take the phone away until the child is ready again. If they follow the rules and suffer the consequences of breaking the rules, cell phones can not only make children safer but also potentially teach them to become more responsible people.
Kid, 12 years old

Well,I recommend kids between the age 11-13 to get one or it depends how "responsible" your child is.There are 2 options for to get for them 1. A flip phone or if they are teased about it.then use plan b 2.Have them do a challenge to see if they go 30 days without doing (insert child's major flaw here) and you can get them either a iPhone 4/5 or an android phone because my parents did this to get my phone.Parents,you can set restrictions/parental controls on their phone to see if they aren't abusing it or if you kid doesn't want you "Spying" on them,trust them to see if they use their phone appropriately.
Teen, 13 years old written by kgirl9747

I am 13 years old and I have a smartphone. I don't have the newest iPhone, no iPhone at all for that matter, but I have a smartphone. This is just my opinion but I think that a child should get a phone around age 10, but have parental control over it. And it should be an older phone, but not a flip phone or the kids trackfone. Those phones should only be used for practicing and should only be given to kids ages 8-9. You can use these phones to see if your kid is responsible enough to have a phone. Once they turn 10 and are ready to have a smartphone, parents should go through the phone and see that the kid isn't doing anything he/she isn't supposed to do. Then about age 12, if they are still showing that they are still responsible, they can upgrade to a newer phone and the parent can ease up on checking the phone. I suggest instead of checking the phone, friend the child on all of their social medias, change your photo settings to where every photo your family takes, it will save into the cloud, and get a family plan on all cell phones that way the parent can see who the child has been calling and texting. You can even see what the text messages say! Then after your kid turns 13, you shouldn't have to worry about watching your child's every move on their phone. This is just my opinion.
Teen, 13 years old written by SGHaggarty

As a 13-year-old, most of my friends have cell phones (some of which are iPhone 5-7). Of course, I would like to have a cell phone but I have an agreement with my mother. This says that I am allowed to get a cell phone when I am 14. Here are the reasons why we agree with this: 1. Phones can be dangerous. You can easily be contacted by people with bad intentions on purpose or by accident. 2. It's not good for kids to constantly be connected. 3. Kids will want to constantly play on their phones instead of play outside or do something productive. 4. There are always ways for kids to get in contact with their parents. Stores have phones and most adults would be happy to lend their phone to a child who needs to call their parents.
Adult written by Brian A.

Im 22 i still dont have a phone not even a brick phone my mom does'nt even let me get my own house or go with my girlfriend.i know your thinking isnt that too old to not have a phone.yes its too old to not have a phone
Teen, 15 years old written by Itz B

Many people will be shocked by my answer to this question. I am 15 going to be 16 this summer. I am obliviously in high school currently working on my GCSE's.It is hard to communicate with other people, but at least I have a laptop. I have never ever had a smartphone in my life and it is really hard to live without a smartphone in high school/in this modern world as you are surrounded by it each and every day. Yes, I have had brick phones for the past 3-4 years(Since year 7-11). My friends will always be laughing at me and when it is break time, after having a laugh they will all get their iPhone's out and browse on it for a good 30 minutes. I would be sitting there looking at them and then I will just walk out of the room because I feel left out. They would always be talking about new apps coming out, social media that I can't upload on my laptop. When we are going out for meals or something they will go on snap chat and snap everything. Many people out there will not understand as I come from a different background ( and I wouldn't like to mention it) It is very frustrating especially when you have strict parents. My sister got her first smartphone at age of 18 and she was going to UNIVERSITY. I KNOW RIGHT!! Fortunately, I am going to be getting an iPhone 6s when I start 6th form and I am going to be having this for a couple of years. My advice to the people out there that have a similar situation is that patience is the key, be very patient and time will fly by and you wouldn't realise it. I have 7 months to go!!
Teen, 13 years old written by CSVH

I am a 13-year-old girl in seventh grade and I do not have a phone, iPod, tablet, or any electronic device that is "mine." I am allowed to use my family's computer, and I have a school-owned iPad, but I can only use it for schoolwork and I will not have it next year. On my 40 minute bus ride on which I have no friends, the youngest poeople on my bus have phones and it make me feel very left out. Last month my good friend got a new phone (iPhone 5s) and offered to let me buy her old phone, an iPhone 4. My parents wouldn't let me purchase it for $40, even though I pointed out that it was a good deal for a phone despite its age. Everyone else in my school has a phone, and I feel very left out when my friends talk about a new app they got or show off photographs they took on vacation. I am in all the advanced classes my school offers, get good grades, am responsible, and my parents won't even give me a reason not to get a phone. Next year my dad will probably get a new phone, and his current phone, an iPhone 6, will be given to either me or my mom. I will try to convince my mom that a different phone, such as the iPhone SE, would be more what she would like, but I think that I will be in high school before I get a phone. My only friend who didn't have a device of any sort moved away last year, so now I am the only one in my seventh grade class without a device. I am not even allowed to use my dad's phone unless he needs me to take a picture with it, which is not very often, and except for email or telephoning I have no way of communicating with my friends. All I am saying is that I think that in 6th grade you should consider getting your child a smartphone, and in seventh you should definitely get your child a phone. My sister's friend in kindergarten had a phone, and here I am in seventh grade without a phone.
Kid, 12 years old

I feel your pain! I don't have any social media ether and all my friend do and I feel left out beacuse everyone has Snapchat and instagram and I have nothing. When they talk about it I don't have a clue what's going on and I don't want to pretend i know exactly why they're talking about so I hang back. I get great grades too!You are not alone on the train of people who don't have any tech or social media.
Teen, 15 years old written by brandrefr4

I think once kids get into middle school they should get a smartphone because of all the things after school that people do. I just now got an iphone 4s and I am 13 (will be 14 in a month). I think the battery and camera are terrible on it, but it is still a smartphone, so it is better than nothing. I am thankful for it though because it is better than a flip-phone or another junky phone.
Kid, 10 years old

If your child is 6 years to 12 years, I suggest a Gizmo Gadget Watch. The new Ver. can hold up to 10 contacts, while the old one can only hold 4. I have one, and it's really useful!! While 13+ year old kids can have a Smart phone, or an IPhone. If you're a parent that's unsure if you should give your child a phone, I really suggest a Gizmo Gadget watch. Only the Parent/Guardian can control what contacts that their child has on their watch, and it has a tracking feature!! I highly suggest a Gizmo Gadget.
Kid, 9 years old

Ever since all my friends got a phone I've been begging my mum for one but she says I'm to young for one so she brought me a iPod touch for Christmas.i had only one friend who didn't have a phone she had a iPod then she got a phone I was soooo upset that I was the odd one out with no phone but now I feel okay!!
Teen, 14 years old written by trucksquad101

i am 14 years old now and i dont have a phone. my parents make me get a gpa of 3.5+ to get a phone but its too hard. i have trig w/ precalc as a freshman and i always get bad grades there. i wasnt able to get the 3,5 now i have to wait another 5 months without a phone to prove myself. i cant even buy my own phone because i dont get allowance
Kid, 12 years old

I just turned 12 and got a phone for Christmas. I got an iPhone 7 it's excellent. I would say kids below 11 should not have a nice iPhone like a 6 or a 7 or a new galaxy.kids from (8-10) would be good getting a smart tracfone like the ninja turtles one or just a flip fone like an lg chocolate that does have games,can text, and take pictures. I have had friends from years past that have had those phones and they are good for age. Even though I got an iPhone 7 any iPhone or galaxy or just any smartphone for a (12-16) if your son or daughters B-day is coming up soon I would suggest and iphone5c to a 6 because the newer iPhones are very Expensive. But other than that it's the parents decision.
Teen, 14 years old written by KThomp25

I'm 14 and will be 15 in June, and I still don't have a phone. My parents will not buy one for me or my older brother to teach us responsibility. If we want one we must buy one ourselves, and I still kind of resent that idea, I do admire them for it. Children under the age of 13 SHOULD NOT have a phone! By paying for your child's phone, the child then takes the phone for granted. My first introduction to my own technology was when I bought my iPad mini in 6th grade. I had won a contest and won 400 dollars, which I used to buy the iPad. I still use my iPad to this day and it is on perfect condition. What would a 4th or 5th grader possibly need a phone for? Those years are meant for playing outside with friends, not sitting inside online. I currently have an iPod touch, which I did get for Christmas last year, and not a day goes by that I'm not grateful for it. Children need to know that things aren't just given, but earned.
Teen, 14 years old written by landone

Once they are about 9, get them a flip phone, or some other cheaper phone. When they turn about 12 or 13, consider a smartphone.
Teen, 14 years old written by NEG1

As a 13 year old I have a phone and most of my friends do too.As a fellow middle school student going to soon going to high school not only to a do karate,play the guitar,is on law and debate plus I do dance class,I have also been teaching myself korean as well.All this stress plus going to a top state school I'm pretty busy.My parents gave me a phone for 2 reasons 1.To keep track where I was 2.To text my friends and family But this comes at a cost first I have to do all the chores or I get my phone taken or 2 every 2 months I have to save up 100 dollars to so my parents.They don't take this money to pay the bills but instead to try to teach me how to save my own money and to spend it well. In my mind if she not doing the following she does not need a phone. 1.Have friends and family to text and call to 2.Travel and you need to know where she is 3.Does not have enough responsibility 4.Does not act correctly(talks back,steal,act badly ate school,etc) This is my standing point as a child and I hope you keep this in mind for giving you're kid a phone.
Teen, 14 years old written by NEG1

I forgot to do this in the last post.I say the good age to get a phone is the beginning of middle school so around 11ish.I say this because middle is rely when the kid have clubs and activities. Plus it also when kids starts staying at their friends houses or traveling.This is my opinion so you can do what you want.
Teen, 14 years old written by ugotnojams

I'm 14, almost 15 years old (2 months time)- and I am not allowed a phone. My parents are pretty strict and religious parents, but they have considered getting me a phone once- I asked when I turned 14 and they said no... for no reason. But then as I pestered them again in December, they said it was because I had to buy it myself AND I had to pay the phone bills too. At that point I was like "there's no way I'm ever going to get a phone!". I mean- maybe when I'm 16! It's honestly depressing not having a phone when your friends do, because that's how ppl communicate nowadays! Like- my parents also don't want me to go out too?! I feel as if maybe it's a bit too far to have a phone at 14, bc it feels like my friends are pressuring me (I'm alright without a phone tbh, I just need it for music/texting friends sometimes). But then again, I would also say my parents are too damn strict!!
Teen, 13 years old written by Qsaleik

I am a 13 year old teen, almost 14, and i still don't have a phone. When I am allowed to get one, I will have to purchase it myself, along with paying the monthly cellular bill. I ride the bus home, and yet the only reason my parents wont let me buy one is because i don't need it. My advise would to either let your kid get a phone or buy it for them around 11+, unless there is an issue in which they need a phone beforehand. Otherwise, I see no need for a phone for kids 10 and younger. Also take into consideration how responsible your kid is. If there always getting in trouble, then maybe they don't need a phone quite yet. Hope this helps.
Educator written by Travis J.

We are in a wonderful time. There are many devices out now such as the FiLIP. The FiLIP is a smart watch that is pre-programmed with 5 numbers your child may need to call. This is usually perfect because they can put in both parents, a sibling, a family/friend, and 911. This allows you to stay in contact with your child and can usually be added onto your phone plan for next to nothing. This also allows a young child to not have unrestricted access to the internet or texts. I believe this is a good option up to about age 13. At this age you get to start looking and evaluating if your child is mature and trustworthy enough for a phone. My parents gave me the option of a cell phone or contacts at 14 and I chose contacts. At 15 I received a phone. Hope this helps. Coach J.
Teen, 13 years old written by Overheated Core

You should give kids a phone when they show that they are responsible enough for owning one, but dont wait until they are 15, probably they will be ready at 10+. Technology isnt avoidable, it is better to teach them to use them correctly than forbiding it. Dont give them an outdated phone! It should at least have Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or iPhone 5s , cause, believe me, if you give anything lower than that they will hate phones forever (bc of lags battery, no more updates, etc..) .Windows Phone isnt an option, lacking apps makes it suck.
Teen, 13 years old written by Adrian Villarreal

As a 13 year old teen I would advise to give a child a phone when they have shown they can be mature and responsible. My mom gave me my first phone in the third grade only because I rode the bus home, and wanted me to call her when I got home to make sure I was okay. Although it was a phone, it was no where near fancy. My mom gave me a flip phone, so it was really nothing to brag about. If you do give your child a phone young, do NOT get an expensive phone, as it could get lost, which happened to me. Hope this advice helps :)
Adult written by Brittani A.

It is really up to the parent to decide when their child should get a mobile phone. My first phone was something called a 'Gecko phone'. I was seven at the time and all I could do with it was call my mum and mums friends in an emergency or the emergency number. My mum was the only one who knew how to programme numbers into the phone and delete numbers from it. It only had the call, the hangup, the up and the down buttons on it. I had that phone for three years and on my tenth birthday, my mum got me a Motorolla flip phone. At the age of twelve, I was given a smartphone. I am eighteen now and now have an iPhone 7 Plus. Anyways... phones can be really costly and parents have other things to do with their money such as: buy food, pay the bills, keep a roof over their family's head etcetera, etcetera. But as I said; it is up to the parent to decide when it is the right time for their child to have a phone.
Kid, 12 years old

I don't have a phone, iPod, or anything of the sorts. I'm in my second year of middle school, and it's starting to get old when I ask my friends to use their phones. I find that a phone would be very useful because there have been numerous times where I have been stuck at school or practice or whatever. I have to wait till high school to get a phone, and my parents are adamantly against anything electronic. I think middle school is a good age, whenever that may be, because that is kind of the 'transition'. You're no longer a 'little kid' when you enter middle school.
Teen, 15 years old written by Spezkas

I didn't get my first iPhone until just a few days ago ( Christmas). Before I got my iPhone my parents started me off with a LG Cosmos 3, a simple starter phone that only texts and calls. I had gotten the LG phone in 7th grade and kept it for two years and wasn't really addicted to getting a iphone until my aunt kept bugging me about it (which was in the middle of the summer) I talked to my dad in August about it and asked him how many years you usually keep a phone for and he said 2 and I got very excited because I had kept my phone for 2 years already. When I asked him when I could get one he said Christmas..and I was like seriously? But it was worth waiting because now I am happy I have a new iPhone 6S.
Kid, 10 years old

I think when kids start middle school they should get a phone, then again it really depends on the parent
Teen, 13 years old written by Gussy.Mouse

I think that kids ages 13 and up should have phones. I have asked my parents numerous times for a phone, and although my dad does not have a problem with it, my mom refuses to give me a legitamate reason why she does not want me to have one. Every single person at my school has a phone, and I do not. I have a tablet, but this does not cut it. I do lots of sports, and numerous times nobody has picked me up from them, and I am afraid that one day I will be left alone after track with no way to call anybody. I do have a flip phone, but it is VERY embarrassing to use it in public.
Teen, 13 years old written by IWantFood90Cookies

All these things are great to consider when deciding to give your child a phone. I suggest you should give first a phone is only for calls. Then, depending on age and maturity, you can give an upgrade. Don't give a child a phone only to improve their social life. I know you think I'm crazy, but here me out. Your kid needs to learn that a real friend does not care at all whether you have a phone or not and to deal with the fact that you can still have no social life even with a phone. In fact, it could get worse. Kids, me being another kid without a phone, use this time to prove to your parents that you are a trustworthy, mature kid that can use a phone responsibly. Then, when you get your phone, you can deal any problems with your phone with ease. Also kids, think about the financial trouble it could cost your parents to get a phone. You may not know it but your parents have a lot to deal with their money. So, if you wanna ask for a phone, make sure you have a good reason.(Like, really good) Thank you parents and children for reading this comment and thinking over it.
Teen, 14 years old written by Roxy x dash x dot 15

I think kids should get a phone when they are 10 thru 12 because 1. I got my first I phone when I was 10 2. By the time you are in 4th or 5th grade it seems like everybody has a phone so you feel left out. Considering all of the above it is ultimately the parents choice because they will know how responsible the kid is and if they are willing to pay the money on the phone and data.
Teen, 13 years old written by koalak

i dont have a cell phone. LITERALLY everyone at my school does. I am constantly asking my mom for a phone but she claims i dont need one even tho i do actually need it for educational purposes. I ggot my hopes up during the holiday season but she is always saying that my older sister didnt get a phone until she was 15, but i am trying to explain to her that times have changed. All my friends have phones and i always feel really left out.
Teen, 15 years old written by brooke.marus

I think that giving a child a smartphone at a young age (like 10) is not a good move. I was given a cell phone at a young age and stumbled upon a lot of content not suitable for someone that young and impressionable. I say you should give your elementary school age child a flip phone with little functions. Texting and calling family should be the only functions, no games to distract them. Also check your child's phone often to see what they are up to (if they are mature enough to be texting friends). I think when a child grows to be in middle school it is okay to give them a smart phone if they are mature enough to handle the responsibility and are receiving good grades. Not having a smart phone in middle school is alienating and can make you seem uncool, so giving your child one can keep their social life from lacking. A child should definitely have a smart phone by high school because they will have no friends without the most recent phone. I am around this age and I can say that my peers who have phones are a lot more social and generally happier than those without. But, if the child has delinquent behaviors it is best to take away their phone and make them do specific chores or get better grades in order to earn their phone back.
Teen, 13 years old written by Feyree

I'm sorry, but I highly disagree with the first part. You may think that a kid should not have a smart phone (which in a few ways I do agree with), but it also seems like you think that just because you first got a flip phone, everyone should. Well, times have changed.
Kid, 10 years old

You should get a kid a phone at age 9 or 10.It also depends on the grades and behavior.
Parent of a 7, 12, and 13 year old written by Rachel L.

My advice to the teens on here who are frustrated because they don't have phones is to do some research on different phones, different plans, costs, etc, and present it to your parents with a proposal of how you can pay for it yourself (either actually paying for it on your own if you have a job, or making an agreement to take on extra chores or responsibilities to "earn" the money from your parents). Phones themselves can be very expensive, and the monthly costs of a phone and data plan can also add up very quickly. Especially if you get charged for going over your minutes or data. I'd suggest shopping around for used devices and look at data-only plans since teens seem to very rarely actually call people and data-only plans can be much cheaper. Also look into pre-paid phones and no contract phones. Doing this would 1) relieve some of your parents' stress about the additional financial burden you are asking them to take on, and 2) show them you are responsible and have thoroughly thought through and researched this instead of just impulsively saying "I want".
Parent of a 7, 12, and 13 year old written by Rachel L.

When my son was 6, I struggled because I felt like he was too young and immature to handle the responsibility of a cell phone (not losing it, not playing games during school, not accidentally stumbling on inappropriate content) but he rides the bus to and from school and it made me extremely uncomfortable for him not to have a way to get ahold of me if he needed to. Especially because our district has had a few issues lately with dropping little kids off at the wrong place. I settled on getting him a gizmo through Verizon. Even though it's a cell phone, it's worn and looks like a smart watch - makes it much less likely to be accidentally left somewhere. There's also no internet access, no ability to download new apps, and the few "fun" apps built in aren't distracting games, and he can only make calls to and receive calls from phone numbers that I've pre-approved. Lots of carriers have similar watch phones for kids and I think there are several you can buy independently from a carrier. I think they make great options for kids who are too young for a cell phone, but still actually kind of need one.
Teen, 13 years old written by gotide99

kids should get phones at 12. i am 13 and my parents will not let me gett one even though i am the only one in my class who doesnt have one. All my friends talk on snapchat and there is no way they can communicate with me. If you dont have one before you are 14 all your (friends if you have any)will make fun of you so you shuld say bye to your social life.
Adult written by Serena C.

I just turned 20 years old and do not have a cell phone. When I was younger I was given a track phone when I began driving, but if I wanted anything more I would have to pay for it myself. I started living on my own soon after first quarter in high school. I have been living alone ever since. It is hard to afford everything when you are paying for college, and all of the bills of living, when you are only being paid minimum wage! So currently my boyfriend and I share a phone that his parents pay for(it is cheaper to have him on their plan for them). I completely understand not having a cell phone and feeling socially inept when you do not have one, but kids do not understand how the world works! Having access to a crappy track phone is enough to contact parents, and friends, especially at a high school age. If you want anything more you should have to work for it just the same as everyone else in the adult world. If you want things that are provided by your parents you should have to pay them for it if it is more than the bare minimum. If you are already acting entitled to a phone at a young age, it will be hard for you in the real world.
Kid, 12 years old

I am a 12 year old girl who goes to a school where everyone in my grade has a smartphone. And I know that for a fact because each grade took a survey on if they had a phone and what kind, for a "study" that our principal was submitting into an article. I'm in 7th grade and I got a hand-me-down flip-phone last year only because my parents were scared because I would be taking the bus to and from school on my own. What annoys me is that I have excellent grades, one of the highest in my grade, I won student-of-the-month, I'm responsible and take care of the chromebook that I use at school (school property), while others have destroyed theirs and I see people the exact opposite of me who have iPhone 7's. I feel left out and when we are supposed to do activities on our phones in school I just kinda sit and look around at people awkwardly. At my religious school, I see 9 and 10 year olds with phones. Everyone seems to be getting a new phone except for me. I think the age to get a phone is 12-14. My sister knows someone who got a phone in 12th grade. And when she was invited to my sister's graduation party all the girls in her grade came, but the person who had just gotten a phone didn't talk to anyone and left early. Any later than 14, and you can kiss your social life good-bye.
Teen, 13 years old written by wildcat

I see the exact same issues. I am 13 years old. I too have a flip phone. It is only used for emergencies. We constantly use phones in the classroom. When we do this, I constantly have to either watch everyone else and do some extra credit, or I end up sharing with someone else phone. I really do not like this. I asked a smartphone from my parents this year for Christmas. At first, I had high hopes about this year, but then my parents keep saying stuff that discourages me and makes me feel all down and stuff. I really want a smartphone because it contributes in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Everyone that knows about my flip phone constantly make fun of me. I tend to try to keep my phone situation quiet but it is hard. It is also hard to be social. Every single person in my school have a smartphone. At this point, your social life generally fails if you don't have a smartphone. Fortunately, I play sports so people are still social with me. Over all, I think that 13 year olds should have a smartphone.
Adult written by Just my opinion .

I personally believe that until you will be going places alone, you do not need a cellphone. My first phone was when I was when I was 12 years old. It was not a smartphone, I could only call and text (slowly lol) and did not have internet access on it. I think first phones should always be strictly for calling. I think 14 or so is a good time for your child to invest in a smartphone theirselves. When I got my first phone in 2009ish it was a fairly different world and didn't start carrying a phone with me all the time until I was about 14. We are in a world now where kids feel like they need one to fit in (in some respects they do) but when I first got a phone a lot of my friends didn't carry their phones everywhere because they had limited capabilities. My rule will be 12 or older because a 10 year old does not need a snapchat or a Facebook or instagram.
Parent of a 9 year old written by Angie Y.

I haven't reached this problem yet. My son is only 9 and homeschooled, but he's asked before. My personal opinion is unless they need one to communicate with their parents, cell phones are frivolous and a constant expense, not a one time cost like a Game Boy or stereo. It's a perfect way for them to learn some financial skills by paying for and managing their own payments for data, insurance minutes etc. If they aren't willing to work for it then why should they expect their parents to.
Teen, 13 years old written by Cool Man

Im 13 i do not have a phone i think my mom and dad should get me me one but no you are to young and that is so dumb
Teen, 13 years old written by tippy_c5

im 13 and in the 7th grade I do not have a cell phone but I really want one , and its around Christmas time so im wanting my parents to get me one. I don't want to get my hopes up because im not 100% sure they will trust me with one I believe they will think im too sneaky and im to afraid to ask them for one because I had a ipod two years ago I did not take good care of I feel like I ruin every electric device I own. I just messed up my tablet a few days ago it has a really bad glitch I haven't even had it for a year! I don't want them to think im going to ask them for one I feel like they have ZERO trust in me with a phone . I feel really left out because I don't go on school field trips anymore. The only reason is because I don't have a phone to take pics or keep me busy on the bus. We do have a house phone but im to embarrassed to call anyone of it. Also my friends text and send pics I cant do that on a house phone. I want to know one how my parents feel about getting me a phone. How should I come about asking this?
Parent of a 9 year old written by Angie Y.

First, If you feel embarrassed you might question whether your friends are good for you. I'm not ashamed of not having as much as others and my true friends won't judge me for not being as "with it". If your parents don't trust you and you know they don't, I would question yourself as to why they don't and do they have good reason? If you aren't sure, one very grown up thing to do is ask them directly, if they don't trust you with a phone and why. Follow that up with asking what steps you can take to improve and build their trust in you. That alone could make them impressed with your maturity. That's a step in the right direction. Trust takes time and consistency of character
Teen, 16 years old written by Lucyg

I just turned 16 in October. I am a sophmore at a fine arts academy, therefore we do a lot of things outside of school and I am in many clubs and organizations (mostly community service), and most importantly, I will starting to take a lot of dual enrollment courses at a college campus. Still I have no phone. I don't see what is so hard for my parents to understand that I NEED A PHONE ALREADY. I think whenever your child starts doing things without a parent around and going out with friends and doing community service, going on trips (field trips far from home) would be the perfect time to get your child a phone. Since we are at the end of 2016, forget the flip phones and blackberries. If you want to get your child a phone and if they 15 or over, you should get them a good quality phone that you and your child can rely on. Don't be like my parents who are enrolling me into driving school without me even having a phone yet.
Teen, 17 years old written by laurejoy

Wow, I guess there are people my age without phones! I feel ya... My parents have not given me a phone. They don't seem to understand the relevance and usefulness of smartphones this day and age. I've never owned a flip phone or anything (trackphone idk.?) . I do very well in school, behave well and responsible, and am (I think) overall polite and reasonable with my parents. I know I live a pretty good life -we're not rich, but we're doing well- so I can't grasp why my parents won't accept that a cell phone is basically a necessity for someone my age. *Sorry, don't want to sound needy or ignorant.* Just wanted to tell you I'm with you and if you get a phone tell me. :)
Teen, 16 years old written by Tori.ann

I didn't get my phone until April last year. I'm 16 now but I never had a problem with communicating with friends and being a part of social media stuff because I had an iPod! In my opinion, you shouldn't allow your child to get an actual phone until they are responsible enough and trustworthy. Definitely not under the age of 13. But for the sake of their social lives and keeping in touch with friends, they should have an iPod for all of that, like I did. When they are older and going places, needing to call parents and people, and other circumstances like that, then it's time for a phone. It really all depends on their maturity and life style.
Teen, 13 years old written by uncle curry

I think that the appropriate time for one to get a phone is in the 6th grade. I personally got my phone in 7th grade and it has allowed me to communicate with friends better and it has made life easier in school now that technology is highly integrated into the modern school system. The type of phone doesn't really matter, but I'd say to buy an older phone at first and then to get a newer phone after one's level of responsibility has been proven. I started out with an ipod that I had to keep in tact for 5 years in order to get my first phone. Getting a phone too late can seriously hinder a teens social life, something that can be very emotionally stressful. The ultimate choice remains with the parent, but do keep in mind the needs of your child while deciding!
Teen, 13 years old written by emoor

I am 13 and i still do not have an iphone. i am the only one in 7th grade and it is sad. i have depression because i am left out of lots of conversations. my parents do not understand the concept of it. they say its too much money. i just want to keep in touch with my friends. no one believes half the stuff i say because i have NO proof. it sucks. we had to do an assignment on our phones and i didnt have one so i just sat there like ......................... everyone asks me for my number or if i have instagram or snapchat. NO !!!!!! sad life :( i cant wait till something happens and i need to contact them - they have lost me forever lol my life sucks
Kid, 11 years old

If u want to know when to get your child a phone i've got an age try from 8-9 get them a little tracphone it does not have to be touchscreen or anything it could just be a phone that were you could communacate to your parents if there is an emergency then from 10-11 on their birthday or chirstmas get your child a pre-paid phone they have iphones if your kid wants an iphone it goes far as an iphone 5c or if they want a samsung get them a samsung that's how i would do it
Parent of a 10 and 11 year old written by Beth S.

My husband and I had always said our kids wouldn't have cell phones until at least 12 years old. Our daughter ended up with one at the age of 9 but ONLY because she rides horses and started competing with her barn and I wasn't always able to go. We received the cheapest smart phone the cell company had with the minimal things needed. She is now almost 12 and last Christmas we upgraded her phone to a Samsung Galaxy because she showed she was responsible enough to have one. Our son who is almost 11 got his phone at 9 as well but only because our in-laws had been living with us and moved to another state and it was there phone and it was only $5 a month on our plan. He also got a Galaxy last Christmas and he does nothing but games on it as he is not interest in social media yet. I really think it depends on the child and the circumstances with the child as when they should have one.
Teen, 13 years old written by Brandon L.

This is 2016, a new technological age where pretty much everyone you know has a phone, whether it be a flipphone to a 800$ iPhone. I'm in 8th grade, so next year I'll be off to high school. I'd just be chill and all, sitting there watching my friends snapchating each other or texting and all and I'm just there, the only one without a phone. I've been URGING my mother, asking if I can get one. She's chill with the idea. It is 2016, and it is very dangerous out there. Sending me to high school without a phone is very unreasonable. My sister, however, does not want m with such power. I mean, I won't be addicted. I know I'm trained to resist the urge of using my phone too much. I have excellent grades in school, I do sports and I'm in clubs. What more responsibility and well-roundness would you want? I remember once in 6th grade barely made honor role and then receiving an iPhone 6 Plus... on the first semester. That stuff gets on my nerve when I work so much but others get the better. It's time to let you're child grow up, not stay as the baby anymore. You should get them a phone not to early nor late, but when you see that they can handle the privilege. Sure, I have an iPod 5 that's so slow it drives me crazy, but I'm very thankful for what I have until I get a phone. Parents, DO NOT just go buy your teen an iPod and say, "Hey, we just bought you a phone!" Carrying around an iPod is very embarrassing, like if I'm still being treated like a baby. I'm playing flappy bird on it or something and then one of my friends approach like, "Oh, you have a phone now!" It gets really nervous from there. Apple would trash those iPods in a year or two just because you can listen to music on a phone or a cheaper MP3 player. Reading all the thoughts here has inspired me to continue urging my family to see that it's time I need a phone now. After all, I turn 14 in a month, and 14 is way too late for a phone.
Teen, 14 years old written by GaZmer

I think that u should buy ur kid a phone at age 12 or 13 because they want to hang out with their friends and want to be in contact with them. I am about to be 14 in 9 days and I dint have a phone. Is unfair because my brother has a phone and I dont. With that I stay after school and walk home and sometimes is unsafe because anything can happen but if u have a phone with j then j would be able to call for help. My friends keep asking if I have a phone so we can stay in contact but I don't . So I think u should buy them at the age 12 to 13 because soon they might start feeling left out which will lead to depression
Educator and Parent of a 10 and 13 year old written by krause18

Please talk to your parents if you're feeling left out/depressed. Maybe you can work out a compromise. How is it that your brother has a phone but not you?
Teen, 17 years old written by teen124

I think the age of getting your child a phone would be 11 or 12 because at that age they are just hitting middle school and they are becoming mature teens
Teen, 17 years old written by It's Just Me...

I for one believe an 11 year old is responsible enough to get there own phone. If they work hard in school, and study enough, then they earn the right. Coming from a girl who was the youngest in the her grade all the time, I was always jealous to see how hard I worked and still never got a phone compared to the girls who got 5 phones in there lifetime without even trying to do any work whatsoever. That feeling crushed me. A few weeks later, I was the only girl in my grade without a phone. Then came my 11th birthday, I got my hopes up too high, and guess what I got, another pair of clothing and a stuffed animal. That was the day I didn't feel like moving. that was the day I cracked. I was hysterically crieng hugging my knees over a rectangular object. my point is face it people, we really shouldn't care if a kid 10 and up gets a phone because at this point face it people, we live in the 21 century, technology is what we revolve around weather we like it or not. Unless you want what happend to me to happen to your child, I think if they are hard working enough, they deserve a phone of their own.
Kid, 12 years old

So, I'm in seventh grade and EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE GRADE has a cell phone, whether it's the newest iPhone 7, or a flip phone, except for me. I came here because my friends are pushing for me to get a phone. My dad teaches at my school, so they are planning on sharing all of their reasons with him soon, but I think I am getting a phone for Christmas, so I keep telling them to hold off for another month and a half. We have run into many conflicts with me not having a phone, mainly during soccer games, to let my parent or whoever is picking me up that the game is over. Sometimes, I miss out on something that happened over the weekend because my friends couldn't contact me, even though I have an email. I have had to use my dad's iPad to FaceTime people who are in my group for a project, but it is a pain. I came here to find when a good time to get a phone for a kid is, and I'm in the middle of middle school right now, and struggling with not having this important communication tool.
Kid, 10 years old

I got my iPhone when I was 9, and I still use it. My phone helped me become more curious and understand the world better and what goes on outside my room. But not all kids are too mature. If the kid is immature, doesn't know the difference between reality and fiction, and irresponsible, you probably should reconsider.
Teen, 13 years old written by YankeeMan2

I am 13 years old and I have an iPhone 6s Plus, and I am going to upgrade to the iPhone 7 here in a few weeks. I got my first ever phone when I was 9, and it was because we were visiting New York and my mom wanted me to keep in touch. It was a Samsung Galaxy S3, and it was a really good smart phone. You could call text, access the Internet, download apps, play games, just about everything you need. I was a mature 9 year old, and my parents didn't monitor what I was doing on the phone, and they still don't , because THEY DON'T HAVE TO. If your children want phones, I saw let them have it. It's up to you if you want them to have a brand new phone, or an older phone. At the time, the phone I had when I was 9 was brand new, so that goes to show you my parents wanted me to have a good, working phone. But let me get back to the point. If your kids are over the age of 6 and they want a phone, just give it to them.
Teen, 14 years old written by jayturtle

So I'm 14 years old and I have a phone. I got an iPod for my 12th birthday (fifth grade) and in seventh grade (last year) I bought myself a Samsung Galaxy S3. My mum didn't know for about a month but after that she was pretty chill. I walk from my school to downtown often or stay after school for sports so I figured if my mum wouldn't get me a phone, I would. Now for my 15th birthday I am buying myself an iPhone 5s and my mum will be getting me the iPhone 7 in a few months. Now, I have a limit on my iPod as of now because my mum was concerned I'd constantly be on it. Which I understand. But she does not check my phone nor my iPod and she also doesn't check my history of limit what I can search for. I don't recommend putting access limits on your child's electronics because if they are allowed one that means that they should be responsible enough to do the right things on the internet. Putting a limit on the internet makes it so your child is protected from everything. Doing this can cause problems later on with social situations or can scare your child later on because it's just being thrown at them. It also tells your child you don't trust them; also brings up the possibility of your child becoming rebellious and unruly because of ignorant rules. Parents please have more trust in your children and teens, they know more than you want to believe. I would recommend getting a phone for your child in middle school. Anything after that would be considered too late. It's 2016. Remember that.
Teen, 14 years old written by Finn Hurley

I got a phone last year, just before my 13th birthday. Honestley, I think that anyone under maybe 12 years old does not need a phone. Yes, it is important for someone around that age to get a phone, as it is important to be in touch with parents and friends. Even with this in consideration, most people get the latest or most expensive phone that has just been released. Personally, I got my mum's old iPhone 4, and I don't need anything more than that. I probabbly will get a new phone soon, but my parents and I have agreed that I have to be able to save up to pay for at least half of it.
Teen, 14 years old written by janelingodfrey

Ok, so I'm 14. No phone. A freshman. It's actually really sad to me that I don't have one, mainly (being honest) because everyone else does. No really, EVERYONE. And I'm homeschooled, which makes this more of a phenomenon. Money isn't the problem. All my parents have to do is tell me I have to pay for everything and I will. I'll buy the plan, the phone, everything. I currently have an iPod Touch, which I had since I was eleven. You can text on it, which I think is the only thing keeping me from going insane. My friends from camp and I are going to meet up sometime later this month, and my only fear is that I'll be left out because I'm the only one without a phone. Which I will. I feel so left out all the time. I hate it. So the perfect age gap for a phone is 12-13. Perfect timing. Sending a kid into high school without one is honestly kind of cruel. 11 is too young, 14 is too old. Having the iPod touch that I do, it's enabled me to keep many friendships. Let's be honest here; you can convince all your friends to email you if you don't have a phone. It's kinda rude to those people, and they don't use their emails anymore anyway. It's inconvenient, and it's not gonna work. Please, PLEASE get your kid a phone in either 7th or 8th grade. Being left out is one of the worst feelings in the world - especially when you could do something about it, but the people you love most won't let you.
Teen, 13 years old written by Tinyturtle

I'm 13 and I got a phone at the beginning on 6th grade, I am a child who rides the bus and goes to the park after school. Personally tweens should get a phone at 11. As they can use it for music, chatting with family and friends and used to emergencys. I use my phone for all, but don't get a nice new phone. A phone such as a HCT evo works fine for tweens. I have that phone and it'd a lot safer. You can it do live streams and Snapchat lenses. Its not huge and its good for sound.
Teen, 13 years old written by S.L.D.

I am 12, and there is a 10yr gap between me and my closest sibling. All of my siblings got a phone at 16, my mom's rule. I think it is unfair that I have to wait another four years for a phone. Everyone at school, and I mean EVERYONE, has a phone. My friends are getting new phones and I don't have anything. I am responsible and have all A's, and I would feel safer if I had a phone. I talked to my mom about it several times, but she said, "no. " I've talked to my older siblings about it, and they think it's unfair too.
Parent of an infant and 7 year old written by Destini B.

My friend bought my daughter 6 at that time a cheap($20) phone from straight talk with an unlimited plan monthly for around $33 including tax. Although I was against it for a while since she loses EVERYTHING, we set ground rules for it. Like no answering numbers not already programed in, no phone in her room, phone is to stay in living room or my room, bad behavior=no phone. She loves to talk about any and everything to family members, and since my ex and aren't together she is still very close to his family so getting to talk to them is great for her.
Teen, 13 years old written by chicken77

im 12 and im getting a phone this christmas. all my friends got phones at 10-11 and I have been asked so many times by different people what my number was and it getts really annoying because i dont have one
Teen, 14 years old written by janelingodfrey

I know! I get asked for my number. And then I say, "Yeah, I don't have one." And there's no way I'm putting down the house phone. At camp this year, a guy who liked me asked for my number but I didn't have one. In the case that it was, I had to write down 000-000-0000. You see, his friends made him come up to me and he kept saying, "Just give me a number, any number". I tried to explain that I didn't have a phone, but he didn't believe me (naturally).
Parent of a 13 year old written by Angelica N.

My son is 13 and I got him a cell phone for his birthday last month, but here's the catch: It doesn't have a phone plan attached to it. That comes when he shows enough responsibility to have that phone. It has WiFi that's monitored by my husband and myself so I see what he's doing when he's on it. He doesn't get it when his grades are bad or when he's grounded, though. I think 12 - 13 is about the right age to have a cell phone, if they show the responsibility to have it. As for the phone plan, that will have to wait until he's 16 and helps put money toward the bill.
Teen, 13 years old written by Sweet kid

Im almost 13 and i don't have a phone its terrible! people say kids are irresponsible but i just want a phone to text and hang with friends. i think it sucks that parents restrict their kids and it makes me feel left out too. not to mention now im at the age where in one of my classes they nedded a phone for the assignment. PARENTS PLZ DONT DO THIS TOO YOUR KIDS. im obviously not getting one anytime soon so next year ill get a job and pay for my own cell phone.
Teen, 13 years old written by maddog63bigdog

I am 13 and I still don't have a phone and don't see it coming up in the future. I have an iPod and use Google Hangouts to call my mom sometimes for free, but even with that my dad still limits my internet access every night. I honestly think is is a good time to get a child a phone around the age 12-15, no later than that. Especially for safety reasons. I would say 13 is the right age because that is the age when you get a curfew and go out to friends house and stay somewhere alone with no communication access.
written by highschooler

I'm turning 15 in less than a month. A freshman in a all boys boarding school but I still don't have any device.
Kid, 12 years old

I don't have a cell phone. But nowadays kids are getting cellphones at younger ages every year. Most kids my age have one or two. They always ask what my cellphone number or email. In my opinion 11-13 is the right time. I am getting a cellphone next month. But there is no need to go out of your way to buy more than one for a kid.
Kid, 10 years old

My parents got me an iPod when I was 8 to see if I was responsible enough to take care of an iPhone. I got an iPhone 5s when I was 9 years old, but they made some rules, such as they would check who I was texting, and who I called. I think you should give your child a phone when they're around 9-12, but 12 years old should be the oldest to get you're child a phone. When you're twelve, you're just going into middle school (in the United States). I think you should get your child a phone, but some put some rules down.
Parent of a 2, 4, 8, 9, and 15 year old written by familyof6

Any age you can afford it and they can operate it. For one it can be a tracker.... My daughter had one when she was quite young because she was alone at a dance class. If for some reason there was a mix up or problem... I know she could contact me anytime on her own. Make sure you use parental controls as needed and get one that has them. And be super consistent and strict on rules. I'd get all my kids one if I could afford it -even the 5 year old. And that's family of 9 now. lol Guess I should change that!
Kid, 12 years old

I got my first phone when I was 11 years old. My first phone was an LG and my second (current) phone is a Samsung Note 3. I think it all depends on how easily your kid gets distracted. I agree that no kindergartener or 10-year old should have an IPhone 6 or 6s plus. Phones like smartphones can have a HUGE impact on a person's growth. If your kid gets good grades and focus on their studies, then sure why not? But be VERY careful. Your child could take advantage of the phone and do weird stuff to it. I extremely recommend taking back the phone if his or her studies are failing. I advise parental controls because your child could see some harmful stuff on the internet. Remember to check your child's phone at least once every 3 days.
Teen, 16 years old written by Junior.MHS11

I am a 16 year old. I will be 17 in April I will be a junior at Monterey high school (11th grade) , I have a phone but it doesn't have service so for me and my friends its hard for us to stay in contact. I got my first phone when I was in 8th grade it was a iphone 3 now I have the iphone 4 my parents want to wait to turn on my service when im able to drive by my self but I have a job right now so I could help them pay for the bill but my parents wont let me.
Adult written by josephinef

I am a mom to an 11-year-old girl and a 9-year-old girl. Many of my younger daughter's friends and many more of my older daughter's friends have iPhones, but we are not wanting our kids to have smart phones for a few more years at least. My concerns are about Internet safety, losing or breaking the (expensive) phone, and about social media and its role in cyber bullying.
Kid, 12 years old

I am 12, nearly 13 years old. I do not have a phone, and came here for help. I read over this article and thought about the questions. They are all completely in my favor. I am very responsible, I don't even usually leave the house by myself. I would go on, but basically what I'm trying to say is I'm fine for the requirements, yet my parents still will not consent. They don't even have eligible excuses anymore, they bring up safety, but I tell them about the safety features phones that can block things with the search engine. It's not money, they say it's not responsibility, than what more do parents even want? Is anybody having the same problem?
Teen, 13 years old written by emoor

I have the same problem (right now they are harping on why you don't need a phone) i don't see the big problem. My friend has a phone and she only gets credit when she needs it but she has instagram. That's all i want. They think I will talk up $1000's of dollars. Parents are sooooooooooooooooo unreasonable. :( :( :( :( bye
Teen, 13 years old written by A_girl

I am 13 too! I have the exact same problem here, everytime I bring it up my mum says that I can't have I yet even though she says she already knows I am responsible, she also trusts me and and even she says she can buy it easily but still says no! I don't understand what else is stopping her from getting me one!
Adult written by Elle M.

I'm afraid the things listed here are not "requirements", they're just opinions. And unfortunately your parents opinion is the only one that matters. If you don't usually leave the house by yourself as you've stated, they're probably wondering why you need one at all.
Teen, 15 years old written by HoganM6494

I got my first phone halfway though 8th grade for Christmas- I was 12 at the time. Personally, I think that children have been exposed to too much technology at a young age. I don't think that children should have SMART phones until they are at least 11 and in 7th grade. If, as a parent, you observe that your child is not responsible at that age, perhaps wait a year or too before getting them one. However, I live in a rural area. Perhaps in the bigger cities you need to get into contact with your child, buy them a cheap flip phone. It should work just fine for contacting them.
Teen, 13 years old written by YoungTeeeeenGirl

Hi all, I got my first phone at 10, it was an iPhone 4 and was for when I walked to the gas station or when I went up to the supermarket. I think you should get your kids a phone at the age of 8-13. I think 13 is the max age you can go without a phone, as you're in high school and you will be on your own more and more. However, my friend (extremely responsible) got a phone when she was 7, and she used it for games and texting. Getting a phone for any child will be great, but getting a SIM for that phone should come at 10-13. If you decide your child is old/responsible enough for a phone, try keeping it out of their bedroom, as dangers on the Internet are rising. I reccomend social media as something that should be earned via trust. I got Instagram when I was 11 because I have always been trustworthy, but snapchat I got when I was 8, I USED IT ONLY FOR THE FACE EFFECTS!!! I never used it for anything else. I hope this helped, and enjoy your parenthood while you have it! P.S getting a 'smart' phone for them would be best because it makes everything a lot easier for you. :)
Kid, 12 years old

I got an iPhone for my twelfth birthday. I got my dad's old iPhone 5s and it has worked well for me. I originally wasn't going to get a phone until I was 14, but then I switched schools and now I go to a school much farther away. I also play club volleyball and I play sports for my school, so getting a cell phone was almost a must. My parents made me show the responsibility by getting me an iPod touch at 11, and I was very responsible with it. Also, my parents keep my phone downstairs in the kitchen at night, and since its the summer, I don't get it until all my chores are done. I also earned an Instagram when I was 11, and they set specific rules for that. My parents read all my texts, and if I want to put someone in my contacts, they have to know them. My parents are thinking about getting me a Snapchat, but like Instagram, I will have to be very responsible. In conclusion, I think a kid should get a cell phone at 12 or 13, and if you don't think they are responsible enough, don't get them one. A good way to see if they are responsible is by getting them an iPod touch. It's just like an iPhone, except it runs on Wi-Fi instead of data, and you can still text and FaceTime.
Teen, 13 years old written by sierraharris

I have parents that are very against the whole media, and how kids and adults are becoming addicted to there phones etc... I do believe that kids under 10 should not own phones, as many people under 10 are most likely using phones to play games and such. It all depends on the child's maturity and whether s/he have came upon a situation where needing a phone would have helped, but 12 seems like a good age for a cell phone if they insist, and 13 for an iPhone.
Kid, 11 years old

I got a phone at 9 I think you should get one when you start going outside on your own I started at like I got my first smart phone at 10 it was a small one it was a LG now I have a iPhone SE. For you children like second or third phone an iPhone whould be good
Teen, 14 years old written by scholarlyleopard

Please, please, please, I cannot impress upon you enough -- do NOT get your child a *smart*phone until they're at LEAST 13. They don't know how to use it properly, time and time again I see young kids making terrible decisions on those. I think a regular phone, something designed similarly to a flip phone would be fine until that time, and that's only if YOU need to keep in touch. I think 13 would be a good age for a basic, cheap smartphone, and if you want to upgrade to something more fancy from there, such as an iPhone, I think it would be a lovely 14th birthday gift. I got mine at 13, but that is only because it was essential to contact -- my parents both had iPhones and it was something we needed for certain features. I can tell you I enjoyed it, but it wouldn't have been essential. A basic smartphone is fine for keeping up with friends, your child won't suffer socially based on what *type* of smartphone, but rather that they do or don't have one, and it won't even really come up until around 13 anyway.
Teen, 13 years old written by JeffJr

I got a phone at 7, but that was because I went on a bus to school and my parents wanted me to contact one. If your child has a tablet or computer to which they can play on, they should only really need a phone when they are about 10 so they can start texting and calling each other. A phone would be the perfect gift for a 10-year old's birthday. If your child does not have some sort of gaming device, I would suggest a phone a bit younger. A cheaper alternative is to get them an iPod. They can use apps like WhatsApp, SnapChat and Skype on that, which for the record are all child-friendly, and can text each other. I think lots of adults have the wrong idea, and if we get a very fancy phone, like the new smartphone, we are more behaved with it because it is more precious and special. And don't worry about doing anything bad because you can check their phone every week.
Parent written by anthonya

Advancements in technology have vastly improved humanity’s way of life. The convenience of the smaller size of devices, the speed of accessibility and the innovation of design has made many people’s dependency on technology increase through the years. This same dependency has now extended to children in the very same way it has affected adults. A study in 2012 showed that nearly 60 percent of parents have given cell phones to their children at ages ten and eleven. Since then, the age of children owning cell phones has dramatically gotten younger. In fact, a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics resulted in 75 percent of 4 year olds now owning cell phones. With this new craze becoming the norm, many children have moved past their wanting of a cell phone and have upgraded to now needing a cell phone. But their reasons for needing such a complex device differ from their parents seeing their need for it. Some parents are okay with giving their children cell phones because they see an increase in levels of maturity and responsibility to the point where they feel their kids will handle the phone properly. Also, the ability to contact their children in an emergency and their children’s ability to contact them put their minds at ease. And of course, cell phones have the capability to access the vast array of information that is made available through the Internet. Parents can see this as a beneficial tool in enabling their children to learn more outside of school. However, the disadvantages with kids owning cell phones cannot be overlooked. With the availability of the Internet, inappropriate websites are now easily accessed by children. Texting and playing games are huge distractions during class in school. And electromagnetic fields produced by cell phones are classified as carcinogenic by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. So, parents have many factors to consider when deciding to give their child a cell phone. In the end, regret will hopefully be the last thing on their minds.
Teen, 13 years old written by savannah17151

i got one when i was 11 i got a cheap phone for safety not a crazy iphone or any thing! i never lost it i got it for christmas i was in 6th grade most kids got one in 3rd grade - 5th grade but i was to young so i think a good age is 10-14
Teen, 13 years old written by Lexi Reed

I don't have a phone yet but this is what my parents said to do. They told me that if you want a phone you should buy it with you're own money. Start saving up. A phone I want is the iphone SE. So I joined competitions and found ways to earn money. In a year I'll probably have my phone. This way I'm responsible for my phone not my parents.
Educator and Parent of an infant year old written by Batfan7

I'd agree with the original article, but add that many phones today come equipped with instant access to the Internet and as such, a parent needs to be cautious about what trouble can be found there. Porn, predators, and much, much more.
Teen, 17 years old written by JR_71

I would say get one at about 12 or 13. I got one around then BUT don't get them a brand new iPhone or a giant phablet, get them something cheap like a zte. They look nice and they can be a fair price around $50 to $70. Teach them to take care of it before buying them a high dollar one and always invest in a good case.
Adult written by CakeOverLoad

At the age of 10~14 you should only buy them a flip phone because if your getting them a phone for reasons like calling and texting you and so you know where they are then al you need is a flip phone. Giving a kid a smartphone is not a good idea because kids think they are sneaky and will probably use there new "smartphone" for bad things. Instead a flip phone lets you call text use email and do safety controlled internet searches.
Kid, 12 years old

So the parents of 73 percent of us teens are insane? Ps you are insulting anyone from 10-14 yrs old
Teen, 15 years old written by HoganM6494

I agree partially. I think that children are getting smartphones way too early into childhood. However, not having one until after 14- being in high school- is a little excessive. By late junior high most children have a social media account and teens need the newer technology to keep up with updates from their friends from school.
Parent written by tadesign

I got my daughter an iPhone 5s on one condition that if she looses it she will pay me back and will not get a cell phone for one year. If your child tends to loose things then I suggest to buy them something that they will like and if they loose it then they will have to pay a price. My daughter also is getting good grades (I.e. 80-100) which brought the phone from a 5c to a 5s. Personally I think that this is a great method and you should try it.
Parent written by smooney2310

Although I have often wished I could contact son (8) wherever he is regardless of his access to wifi (he has an ipod). We found a great alternative, I think, when we purchased a Gizmo Gadget from Verizon a couple days ago. We can exchange phone calls at the push of a button, can exchange texts (some pre-set, or he can record a 20 second message), and best of all, I can track his GPS location within 100 yards. I control who is contacts are and if they are not on the list I provided, no contact can be exchanged. It's not perfect, but it coverall the areas we need it to in order to be comfortable with him leaving our sight and begin to gain some independence. He loves it, and I love that it only costs be $5 per month!!
Kid, 12 years old

If your worried about too much screen time or the money of it or them losing it you can wait until you can tell they are responsible for them not losing it. If you are worried about screen time/talking you can just set a time limit or something like that. If you want to make sure that they don't talk to the wrong people I would recommend just only letting them talk to people you allow and every now and then listen to what they are talking about.
Teen, 13 years old written by Snow9012

Honestly, I would say to get your child a phone around the age of 11 or 12. Unless your child is doing anything without an adult ( example: Walking to and from school alone) it would be best to get them a phone as a way of safely ( Even a flip phone could work just to make sure your child is safe). Also you have to make sure your child is reasonable as there would be no point getting them a phone if their just going to break it.
Teen, 14 years old written by imoviegoteen

I feel 12-14 is an appropriate age, your child is now in the process of growing, they wan't to text/call their friends, to stay in touch. Another reason would be if your kid goes regularly around on his/her own (movies, stores, friends house.) But one thing you got to make sure of is that your child is getting homework, and school done to their best effort. Because if they're not, it may turn out they're texting during class, and failing. So make sure your child can handle a phone responsibly like an adult. Because phones are an access into adult hood. And also because, kids; they need they're privacy, they're long-distance friendships, social media. Those are all things that should help your child grow, and a phone will help your teen grow!
Teen, 13 years old written by E.j

I think that a kid should get a cell phone when they go to places regularly by themselves. Many kids I know got their phones around 10 or 11 when they started taking public transportation without adults. I have also heard of kids with divorced parents having a cheap prepaid phone to call their parent. I got my phone when I started playing sports and was coming home after dark. I also got it because my parents want me to be more social and stay in contact with my friends because we live far away from each other. Really it all depends on the kid and what they will use their phone for.
Teen, 13 years old written by MJ tuna

I have a 7-year-old step sister and she is on her phone 24-7 and she is so spoiled it's amazing and she always has the volume at 100% at 1 or 2 O clock in the morning it drives me nuts arg and most of the time she is not even awake and she is on it and in the one having to get out of bed and turn it off and my dads so cheap he won't give me a room to my self and i still have this stupid bunk-bed from 6 years ago and we have a spare room but guess what he won't take the time to clean it out i would if i didn't have stupid 25 paged homework and my stepmom say that me and my dad were fighting about ummm about the second room that i have to much work to do to clean it stepmom on the other hand says "Michaela clean that room now!" ahem I'm working they make me all of them make me so mad arg yesterday we went camping it was Saturday we were rock climbing well i was and of course i have to bring my 7-year-old-sister with me on these huge rocks and every time i asked her if she needed help she said "i know" and t was her first time there i wanted to push her off soo bad arg and of course she falls i was trying so hard not to punch her in the face and then she eats all of the food and were stranded on this stupid camp with no food and she was screaming so hard because there were butterflies taking her and at 8:30 we leave 45 min later we went to a cafe we all have pointed all four of us when the food got here Carly didn't eat (that's her name by the way) because she ate all the food at camp then my dad starts a seen in the middle of the restaurant i tell him to stop but he says "shut up when i talk" that don't make no sense then we get into the car and Carly needs to go to bed as soon as we get home yep yay no more sister but guess what it was a fake she didn't go to bed i was so mad by the time we got home it was 10:30 it was time to put Carly to bed yay i was soo happy but then i realised it... was...yesterday:( i was so sad i just went to bed but i couldn't because of her stupid phone that's why only give a 7-year-old a phone.