Cell phones… At what age should you let your child carry one?
What’s the right age for your child to carry a cell phone? In this era of advanced technology, you must be asking yourself this question; as you want to know the effects of this device on your little one’s mental, psychological and even physical growth.
When is your little one ready to carry a cell phone?
Your child wants a cell phone… What should you do?
Before you think of the right age to give your child a cell phone, ask yourself these two questions: Do they need it? And are they mature enough to use it?
If the answer is “no”, ask them to wait longer before they get it. However, explain to them why you said “no”.
Don’t feel guilty, you can’t give your child everything they ask for. It’s better if they know from the beginning that life doesn’t give them everything they want. It’s important that they learn to be patient and wait.
What’s the right age?
– When your child asks for a cell phone, always remember that the right age for that is 12. It’s even better to wait till the age of 15.
– Before this, they’re not mature enough to carry this responsibility and handle the phone with caution and attention.
– When they turn 12, they start to be independent. They also form friendships that are important for them and for their social growth.
– This is why giving them a cell phone becomes possible and useful.
Don’t forget these rules
– If you decide to give your child their first cell phone, it’s best if you make them comply with some rules.
– If that doesn’t work, you should reconsider the subject of the phone.
– Try to use these rules as a requirement for keeping this device.
– To feel reassured while your little one is using their first cell phone, choose a phone with features and technologies that are not complex.
– Make sure also not to let them have the password needed to download applications.
– Determine times for your child to use the phone, like the weekend. If you let them use it daily, make sure they only do this for a specific time too.
– On the other hand, determine the times when they’re not allowed to use the phone: Before a specific hour in the morning and after a specific hour at night, while eating, in school, during different activities,…
– Be careful, but there’s no need to keep asking them “what are you doing?” when they’re using the phone. Don’t forget to deal with them through honesty and discussion.