What age is appropriate for a child to have a mobile phone??

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This topic contains 6 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Declan Harvey 2 months ago.

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  • #14082

    Jon
    Participant

    Just wondering what peoples thoughts are on this

  • #14087

    Al Ferguson
    Keymaster

    For me it’s about the restrictions you have on the phone itself. Unrestricted 4G? Any screen time limitations?

  • #14141

    Duncan
    Moderator

    I think it depends on the phone and the reason. If you have a child that needs to have a form of communication there is nothing wrong having a non smart phone with a pay as you go sim. But I would say any sort of smartphone needs usage restrictions and screen time limitations. I don’t think my boys will get phones or whatever is around when they grow up until about 11 or 12.

  • #14227

    Huw
    Moderator

    When they start making their own way too and from school then they need a phone to let you know they are home safely.

    I’d say none smart phone but we are at least 6 years away from that and I don’t believe they will exist then.

    • #14285

      Al Ferguson
      Keymaster

      I didn’t have one to go to and from school and I survived?

  • #14456

    martin
    Participant

    I’m with Al on this one, we didnt have phones growing up without a problem. I want to keep freddy away from too much screen time for as long as possible. I fully believe there should be a total ban on phones at schools apart from wry special cases.

  • #17840

    Declan Harvey
    Participant

    I think it depends on a few things. Does your child leave the house alone? Are they mature enough for a phone? What would you do as a parent regarding restrictions. With most up to date devices you can access the internet and social media. I’m in a mind of the longer my kids can go without one the better.

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