What Is a Good Age to Allow Your Child to Have a Cell Phone?

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We have shaped our society so that cell phones are almost as important as food and water. There are apps that can do this, there are apps that can do that, and we've become slaves to them.

In the event that you have been living underneath a massive rock, I’m going to let you in on a little secret: cell phones are right on par with being just as necessary as food and water.

That may or may not be a little exaggerated, but I’m sure it's easier to forego a meal than to forget to check Facebook or Twitter on your smart phone.

Am I right?

Of course I'm right! I do the exact same thing.

In addition to that observation, have you noticed that owners of phones keep on getting younger and younger? I lived in Chicago for a few years, and I can still remember, I kid you not, that there were 11-year-olds walking around with iPhones. In my mind, that is absolutely ridiculous, more so because I was walking around with one of those indestructible brick phones that had zero internet and one cool game—Snake. 

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Who on earth does an 11-year-old need to call?

I was 16 when I first got custody of the “kid cell phone,” but I had only 250 incoming and outgoing texts at my disposal, and I was highly encouraged to call people that were on the same service as me. Yeah, back in the day, minutes were free if you called someone that were on the same service or if you waited until after 9 p.m.

But alas. We have shaped our society so that cell phones are almost as important as food and water. There are apps that can do this, there are apps that can do that, and we've become slaves to them.

So, how young are we willing to go with our children regarding when they step into the quicksand of cell phone use?

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I have my own opinion, but I did a little looking around online and found some relatively reputable sources that had a little bit to say about the matter.

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