Are they old enough for Owning a smartphone (iPhone, Galaxy etc.)?

Owning a smartphone (iPhone, Galaxy etc.) Age Rating For Parents

AreTheyOldEnough Rating: Ages 10 +

soon-iphone-kids“Giving a smartphone to a child younger than sixth grade is not reasonable, sensible or developmentally appropriate” – Dr Pamela Rutledge, Director of the Media Psychology Research Center

All of us that own a smartphone such as an iPhone or a Galaxy have likely let our children play with it, either for fun, education or a moment of piece. Using an iPhone is in itself a debatable point, but with this question, Are They Old Enough wants to know when is appropriate for them own one.

Having a phone of their own comes with a great deal of responsibility. They are not cheap and they are breakable, but perhaps more importantly, they are a gateway to the Internet in all it’s wonderful glory and its scariness.

Implied with owning a smartphone is the idea that they will have unsupervised access to it. Most allow you to set content ratings to screen out the worst of things, but even innocent apps like Tumblr can lead to a minefield of corruption and pornography. Counter, having a phone with them gives them a degree of security – in an emergency they can call you, they can reach their friends and with tools like ‘Find My iPhone’, you can quietly keep an eye on their whereabouts.

So we ask you, are they old enough to own a smartphone?

1 Comment

  1. My kids live overseas occassionally and so I like them to have an iPhone for sharing photos and using iMessage without worrying about them spending a lot on text messages. They first had them when they were 10. If it wasn’t for the living situation, I likely would have waited until they were 12.

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