Closings and delays

When to give your child their first smartphone

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These days, it seems like everyone has a smartphone. But for parents, it can be hard to know the right time to get one for their children.

In 2016, 10 is the average age children receive a phone.

Smartphone pros and cons:

  • Pros: educational games, study apps, access to information
  • Cons: distracting games, social media, sexting

FOX8's Cindy Farmer and Melissa Painter gave several tips to help parents who are purchasing a basic phone or smartphone for their children:

  • Start off with a basic mobile phone
  • Limit texts or phone calls
  • Upgrade to smartphone when child is ready
  • For iPhone: use internet restrictions and blocking adult content
  • Android: add restrictions within apps