What is the right age to give a child their first phone?

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Words by
Stephen Dalby

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We get asked this question a lot, and the truth is, it’s not one we can answer—it’s different for every family and for every child.

Bill Gates didn’t allow his kids to have phones until 14, but he was an anomaly—the average age for kids to receive their first phone in the United States is now 10.3. This age continues to decrease as more and more families cut the cord with landlines and as parents seek increased connection with their children amid schedules that seem to get busier and busier.

We encourage parents to thoughtfully consider the needs of their families and the personality of each child. Whether that age for your family is 8, 10, 12 or 14, we believe that a child’s first phone should be a phone first. The Gabb Phone and Gabb network are designed to provide parents with peace of mind while giving kids the freedom to enjoy unlimited talk and text without the distraction or dangers of browsing, apps, games and social media.