Over the years, there has been controversy over the ‘right age’ to give a child a smartphone. Some of the reasons behind the argument include abuse of smartphone in the form of pornography, tendency of losing the phone or children falling victim of fraudsters among others. However, the truth is that telephone, whether smartphone or ordinary cell phone, remains a powerful communication tool.
Ordinarily, the right age to give children cell phone is obviously the prerogative of parents because age is not as important as a child’s maturity. Parents are in the best place to follow children up at home in order to determine their sense of responsibility.
They are the ones to consider whether their children are ready to use phones responsibly and respectfully or not with the few underlisted tips. *You should be able to know if your child displays a sense of responsibility, such as letting you know when he/she leaves the house and whether he keeps to his word as to when he promises to be back. Being responsible is key, as you think about a personal device.
*Can they adhere to limits you set for them? This is because prolonged and continous usage could lead to several health problems according to studies.