How Young is Too Young for a Smartphone?

Twenty five percent of children aged six and under already own a smartphone.Time magazine reported in October of 2013 that more than one-third of American children under the age of 2 have used a tablet and other smart devices.

Twenty five percent of children aged six and under already own a smartphone.Time magazine reported in October of 2013 that more than one-third of American children under the age of 2 have used a tablet and other smart devices.

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Smartphones have become a huge part of modern-day society; almost everyone you see out in public has one. Smartphones are a useful and fun piece of technology that are relatively easy to get and use. With smartphones being an easily accessible commodity, you’ll find that most kids today will have their own smartphones, even at an age younger than 13. It is potentially dangerous to be given access to a way to interact with others that they don’t even know, so that brings up a big question: what age is considered old enough to have a smartphone?

“I think at least 13-years-old. You probably have a decent amount of responsibility and should be able to take care of one,” senior Charlie Karageorges said.

According to recent research conducted by Influence Central, a consumer marketing platform, children on average receive their first smartphone at 10 years of age. 10-years-old is a fairly young age for a smartphone, considering a child’s brain isn’t developed enough yet to understand how to properly operate a smartphone and act maturely, as they are being handed a platform for communicating, kids need to demonstrate responsibility when it comes to usage of a smartphone.

The same study on the average age children receive their first smartphone revealed that by age 12, 50% of those kids already have social media accounts. Can they even be trusted to act safely and responsibly on social media, or with a smartphone in general? Parents need to know if giving their child a smartphone is beneficial for contacting them, or if it’s supposed to be a source for entertainment.These factors need to be taken into mind when determining if a child should have a smartphone.

“If they’re under the age of 15 or 16, it’s too young,” Junior Konner Ivarson said. “Flip phones and iPods are gucci, though.”

Kids should be at least 13 years of age and demonstrate responsibility, and act maturely in order to be given a smartphone.There are many fine examples across the internet showing why there needs to be a set standard for having smartphones: Bullying, inappropriate behavior, lack of respect for others, communicating with strangers, etc.

Fifty Six percent of children, age 8 to 12, have a smartphone, according to the National Consumers League.

At 13-years-old, children become teenagers and are usually developed enough to understand and know what should and should not be done on smartphones. Even if a child is deemed old enough to have a phone, a child can still be immature and irresponsible. Ultimately, the privilege to have a smartphone is up to their parents, as “too young” will be in different places for most families.