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Common Sense Media: Parents' Guide to Kids and Cell Phones

What's the right age to get my kid a cell phone?

Age isn't as important as responsibility and maturity. If your kid can demonstrate both -- by checking in with you at appointed times, following your rules, adhering to school guidelines, and handling the phone sensibly -- then he or she may be ready. Here are a few questions to help you decide:

  • Do your children need to be in touch for safety reasons?
  • Would having easy access to friends benefit them for social reasons?
  • Can they adhere to limits you set for minutes talked and apps downloaded?
  • Will they use the text, photo, and video functions responsibly and not to embarrass or harass others?
— Common Sense Media

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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