Most Helpful Guy
I got mine at age 15. I could have already had it earlier though. I think if I had asked my parents, they would have given me one at 12 or so. The thing is I hated modern technology and they actually kinda had to force me to get it. In the beginning I used to leave it at home in my room as a protest, until I found out how cool texting with friends can be ;-) (this was before social media existed).
I believe that these days, many kids get their phones too early. I hate to see 7- or 8-year olds play with cell phones. Even if it's not their phone. I also don't like it when parents give their ipad to the children to play with. When you're a child, you should do other stuff. I'm really glad that my mom was very strong about this. She forced my sister and me to go play outside every day, whether the sun shone or it was raining. We've got some nice nature around where we live (I still live in the same town) and so as children we got to play a lot at the river banks and in the forest. It's scientifically proven that playing out in the nature is very important for children, not only because it's physically healthy but also because it aids the psychological and social development.
I can understand that a kid wants to have a cell phone once they get into puberty and things like meeting friends and going to a party become important. This is usually around the age of 14, so that is also the age where I would be okay with giving a phone to my children.1
Most Helpful Girl
I got one at about 11, when I started going to secondary school because I was no longer being picked up and dropped off by my mother or grandparents. It was more likely something would happen to me and I'd need a way to reach my parents, e. g. getting hurt or getting run over and needing to go to the hospital. That's the age I'd give my child one too, so I know that if they need me they can contact me.0