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How old should kids be to have their own phone?

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I think the minimum age should be at least 12 years old or the 6th grade. They are more mature and responsible enough to handle it.
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It's not a matter of age. You give them one when they need it.
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I disagree with these two lovely ladies! I am a pediatrician and I do not recommend giving kids who are younger than 12 at least any screen time at all. I know it's not possible but try to minimize it so giving a phone is definitely a no-no!
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I think the minimum age should be at least 12 years old or the 6th grade. They are more mature and responsible enough to handle it.
I think it varies from one kid to another. I know of some 12-year-olds who are still irresponsible to be given this privilege.
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I think 15 years old can better handle a mobile phone. What do you think?
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Why would kids need phones? Protect them for the horrors of the internet! Cyber bullies and sexual predators!
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I think it varies from one kid to another. I know of some 12-year-olds who are still irresponsible to be given this privilege.
I agree! I am a parent and I gave my 7-year-old daughter because she has proven to be responsible enough.
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10 maybe? They should be able to understand what the phone is for before they can be given one.
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Why would kids need phones? Protect them for the horrors of the internet! Cyber bullies and sexual predators!
I agree! Kids should only have phones once they start earning their own money! My parents never bought me anything that's not necessary and kids don't need phones!
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Phones are a necessity now. I gave my son a phone when he turned 8. I did explain to him what the phone was for and so far, he's stuck to the rules of having one.
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Once they reach the teenage years, they'll pester for a phone anyway. 13 seems a good age. They'd understand the rules for having a cellphone.
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