When Should You Buy Your Kid a Cell Phone? – HuffPost

However, in the interest of providing a succinct answer, be advised: Many parents first introduce a cell phone to kids around age 13. While some households lean a little younger, you’ll find it a fairly reasonable starting point if you’re looking for an opening guideline. That said, as we point out in new book The Modern Parent’s Guide to Facebook and Social Networks, it may help to remember as follows from a practical standpoint. When you really should introduce a mobile device to kids’ lives is when there’s actually a meaningful, pressing need to do so. For example, when your child starts after-school activities and will be outside of easy reach and you absolutely, positively need to keep in contact with them.

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