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How Old Should A Kid Be When They Get A Phone?

by Abby
I didn't get a cell phone until I was 15 years old, and it was only to be used when I got to a party to call my parents and say we got there safe. (I have a late summer birthday, so all of my friends were 16 and driving at this point) If a text message would should up on the bill, I was grounded. Surveys today show that some kids get a smartphone by the time they're 5...not just any old phone, a SMARTphone! The average age is 11 and most parents spend $194 on their child's first smartphone! I just can't justify spending that kind of money on a smartphone for a young child, whether I have the money for it or not!