Remember what it was like to get your first car?
These days, that’s exactly how kids feel when they get their first kids phone. To many kids, a phone represents freedom. Like a car, it’s a private space, a status symbol, and a ticket to adulthood. Also like a car, it can be dangerous. Reckless phone usage can crack the door to online predators, cyberbullying, and misinformation.
Unlike a car, however, there are no rules around how old someone must be before they can use a cell phone. There’s no test they need to pass before getting their first phone, no course equivalent to driver’s ed, and no police officers around to make sure they follow the rules.
Choices around your kids first phone rest solely with you, their parent.
When they get a phone, what type of phone they get, and how and when they can use that phone are big, life-changing decisions.
To help you make them wisely, we’ve put together this guide about buying a kids phone. Let’s get started with the big kahuna: age.