When should I give my child their first smartphone?
It’s always a tricky decision to decide when kids should be given their first smartphone. Most children would have already been using a device like an iPad or tablet, but the first smartphone always feels like a big move for parents. So, when is the right time to take the plunge?
Our advice is that around 11 to 12 is the place to start. This is due to the soon-to-happen transition into secondary school. Most kids will pester their parents for a device, and we see this as a prime opportunity to set up positive structure and boundaries around technology. When kids are 13 to 14, they enter into a developmental stage where they are driven to push boundaries and be more autonomous. So capturing kids just prior to this helps us set our rules when kids are more receptive and willing to comply with them.
When giving kids their first device, we have some major do’s and don’ts. Here are our Top 4 tips on giving your child their first smartphone.