When are kids old enough to have a mobile?

What do you think the youngest is that a kid should have a mobile?

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JanSt / MOD  Apr. 30, 2012 at 12:19

I beginning to think at around 70, but I have no proof.
I don't think you can generalise that, seriously.

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 30, 2012 at 17:03

When they are able to afford one.

Alternatively, mobile can be used as an incentive. Good grades = iPhone, bad grades = piano.

matt101101 / MOD  Apr. 30, 2012 at 17:26

CTPAHHIK, Good grades = iPhone?! A £500 (or possible more), phone for doing something they're meant to be doing anyway? That's how to raise spoilt kids who think they're gods gift to the Earth, in one easy step.

Rant over, I think when a child leaves primary school (or possibly in their last year of primary school, so they're used to having the phone before they go to "big school") is around the right time to get your child their own mobile phone. Nothing to expensive though, they don't need an iPhone or an SGS2, something that costs ~£20 will serve them just fine. Remember, expensive phones make for an easy robbery target (not to mention breaking the damn thing, kids are usually pretty clumsy).

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 30, 2012 at 17:43

I have 3GS lying around doing absolutely nothing. Would go to a kid, if I had one.

Everyone has a extra phone lying around that they used before. Unless you are clumsy and manged to break it or loose it. I know, Matt, you sell yours, but not everyone is eBay savvy.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 30, 2012 at 18:11

I'm not buying the incentive angle.
'We' say phones aren't exactly good for them, but they are good for emergencies yada yada... so, hey, kid, f*ck the emergency; you had a C- in PE....

AhmadCentral  Apr. 30, 2012 at 19:06

It depends on how mature they are. I had my first phone when i was 12. (nokia) and it was only used for emergencies and playing snake. Kept it for at least 5 years without losing it because that was when i knew how expensive it was and that i had to take care of it.

If i had it when i was 8 maybe it would have been lost or broken before i was 9. So it really depends. Obviously today kids grow up around phones and tablets and are able to use them from a very young age as demonstrated by my 6 year old cousin who was showing me how to download angry birds on an iPad yesterday :P

But even though they can use the phone, it doesn't mean they are mature enough to own one for themselves. Obviously a old backup phone for the odd emergency is fine. But a smartphone or feature phone for a kid has to be decided on an individual basis.

-Whether they are mature enough to understand how much it cost
-Whether they are mature enough to understand they have to look after it
-Whether they are likely to break it straight away.

I'd agreee with Matt and say secondary school would be the right time to introduce a personal phone. But the parent has to have semi strict rules with the child as to when they can use it and where. (e.g not flashing it about in front of kids at school who might steal it)


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