• Is Your Child Ready for his Own Cell Phone? 4 Things to Check

    At what age should a child own a cell phone?
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    A mobile phone is fastly becoming a necessity in today’s society. It’s undeniably the most efficient and convenient means for everyday distant communication. So the question is, ‘At what age is it necessary for parents to let their children own a cell phone?’

    A survery conducted by Vouchercloud of almost 3,000 parents in the U.S. showed that 53% of 6-year-olds already have their own cell phone. 31% of the parents said they wanted to make sure their child could get in touch with them at any time, 25% said it was to help the child keep in touch with friends and family and 20% wanted their kid to have one because a lot of their young friends did as well.

    When should you really buy your child a mobile phone?

    “A lot depends not on chronological age but on how mature your child is,” psychotherapist and author Fran Walfish told Yahoo Parenting. “But in general, a child should be at least 10, ideally 12 or 13.”

    Founder of Proactive Parenting Sharon Silver advises to weigh in these 4 questions before making your decision:


    1. Does she really need it? If your child is young enough that she’s almost always constantly supervised by an adult, then there might not be a need for her to own a cell phone, said Silver.

    2. Does he tend to lose things? Ask yourself if your child can handle the responsibility of owning a cell phone. If your child is prone to losing belongings and misplacing things, it’s best to delay buying her a phone until she’s a little older, since gadgets don’t come cheap.

    3. Will she agree to some ground rules? “Many parents set firm terms of use: they expect the phone to be handed over in the evening, so it can’t interfere with homework and family time,” said Walfish. “They also want to be able to monitor their kids’ usage, so being up front about the fact that you’ll occasionally check in to see how they use it is important.” A tween who can abide by the house rules may be ready for the responsibility.

    4. Do his friends have phones already? “You don’t want your child to be the only one without a phone so he feels different from his peers,” said Walfish, but it still boils down to what you think is best for your child.

    Tells us, what age do you think your kids should have their own phones? Leave a comment below.


    Source:
    April 9, 2015. "Giving a Kid a Cell Phone: How Young Is Too Young?". yahoo.com

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