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Lauren B. Stevens
Lauren B. Stevens is a freelance writer and influential blogger. She is passionate about social media and literature
Sep 13, 2016
Perhaps the hardest technological decision parents make is when to purchase their child a smartphone. You likely see periodic calls for help from your friends on social media, asking what age everyone let their children have a cell phone. It’s a common question, but if you must have a number, consider the age of ten
If you scour the internet for assistance in making this monumental technological decision, you’ll find a bevy of contradicting studies; one study suggests that the average age a child takes ownership of a smartphone is six, while another states twelve. Then factor in a 2015 study, compiled by Influence Central, reported that in the US, the average age for first time smartphone ownership is ten years old.
The reality is that the technology studies mean next to nothing when it comes to your child; only you can accurately gauge when your child is ready for her own smartphone. When you’re trying to decide when to buy your child her first smartphone, consider some of the items, which follow.