Depends on the person's schedule. I got mine when I was 9 because my mom had to keep dropping me off at the ice rink to practice so she could watch my little brother. She didn't want to be out of touch. But if you aren't busy, i dunno...
When I was 9, my mom bought me a cell phone because I was in so many activities in and out of school. She usually held onto it, but gave it to me when I had to be dropped off somewhere in case she was late to pick me up or something. I think that's a really good idea :) I started holding onto my own phone when I was 11 i think
i didnt get one until i was 13 but it was constantly getting shut off cuz my parents couldnt pay for it. i have one now and im 17 and i also have a job, so honestly when you can pay for it yourself. then you have no worries and its your phone.
My first answer would be 16, when they are driving. I can understand it is nice for parents to be able to get ahold of their kids for certain events, and if that is the case I think they should have a prepaid phone and no text messaging option (if thats possible?). My little 12 year old brother sits on his phone and texts his girlfriend non stop. I don't think thats necessary.
It would be wrong to quote a number rather I would say the age at which a person becomes responsible enough, starts traveling alone, or gets away from home in a hostel where he needs a frequent talk with parents and such similar situations where the use of mobile phones would ease up things
I got mine at age 11 because I was going to sleep-over camp and me and my parents wanted to talk. I think the best time is when you start doing stuff without an adult. Although you should probably get a cell phone before you turn 15.
It depends like MUHAHAHAHAHAHA said it also may depend on your neighborhood got my phone when i was 9 because a wild dog kept chasing me so in case something else happened they gave me a phone (eventually) i also agree with kitty kate
I would say 4 year is the perfect age. See, cell is not a cell anymore. Like my little one 4 can do almost everything on my Samsung Galaxy Mimi. He uses my smart phone more than I do. Ages like 3 onwards are learning ages and based on my experience I would say that kids should be handed over smart phones even when they are turning to be 3.
i think 12 is a good age but get a phone that's for kids because it limit how many people and who they can call..just for emergencys..and 14 they can have a real cell phone if they are responsible ..but make it limited no picture mail or anything like that
If you're a parent asking this question, you need to assess your child carefully and determine the way he/she looks at the world. Do they take more interest in the opposite sex over their schoolwork? Do they care more about popularity than most other things? What is their overall outlook on life? Are they showoffs? Do they respond negatively to peer pressure? Are they naive? Normally, one would think of a cell phone as not being THAT big a deal, but it is. For instance, if your child (let's say it's a girl) meets a mystery online friend who she one day decides to give her phone number, and that same person texts her and tells her to meet them somewhere, and she goes there without your knowing... What if the next day your daughter doesn't come home? What if you can't find her? What if you call the police? What if the police find her? What if the police told you she was dead? That's why a cell phone can be a big deal. And I know it might sound crazy, but things like that happen more often than you might think. Make sure your child is responsible enough AND mature enough to have a cell phone. There is no actual proper age since it all depends on the child's maturity level.
i think that 12 or 13 is a good age but u have to be responsible and be able to pay for at least some of it. i was looking at some of the other answers and 2 and 5 is just ridiculous even if they did have a ''situation''
it totally depends on the schedule, maturity, etc.for someone that has to come home from school on the bus without anyone at your house, it's probably a good idea to get a phone. But for someone that wants a cell phone just for the fun of it, 16.
Cell phone etiquette dictates that you should get your own cell phone as soon as you are old enough to pay for your own bill with the money you earned. Otherwise, the family land line is perfectly fine.
it depends on your parents,if your getting in trouble you may not get one,and if your behavior is good than your going to get a phone.i still don't have mine,but well i can still buy one or beg my dad.B-)
I think it depends on the child and parents should chose an appropriate phone for the age. They make phones for young ages that only have 4 buttons and the parent programs each button to call say Mom's cell , Dad's cell, grandma 1, grandma 2. At age 11-15 I would suggest a phone like the KIN One it has features without being too much for the age. My 13 & 14 year old daughters both have this phone and love it! When my kids can pay for their own phone by all means then they can get a smart phone.
About seeing young kids with a smartphone...my old Droid became the kids game machine after I upgraded. The phone is disabled but why get rid of it when they can play a ton of games for free and it keeps them entertained on the go!! =)
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I got mine when I "graduated" sixth grade. So I'd probably say around the age of 12. (Middle school is the age where most people get a lot more privileges, so it's nice to be able to keep in touch with your family while you are out with your friends) (if you REALLY want a phone maybe ask your parents if you could get one if you payed for your phone (they just payed for the monthly fee) That is what I do when I get a new phone. If it isn't free I have to pay for it)
The earliest I would say is whenever a child leaves (8-12) the house to go play. If your kid is down the street playing, you might want to stay in contact just to see what they're up to. It would also be good for a child to have a phone at a theme park, fair, or somewhere where they could get lost.
my child is turning three in the summer. i very seriously considered getting her a simple cell that could only call certain numbers because her father and i are separated and i hate leaving her unable to reach me. she is very smart and knows how to answer/hang up but she doesnt remember phone numbers. i dont think kids should have phones of their own to call whoever whenever but when kids are old enough to dial and call they should be allowed access to one if they need it. if parents give children access to cell phones they wont think its such a big deal and it wont be as big of a distraction. it teaches them responsibility in that its their own privilege they are losing when they lose the phone. my daughter uses apps and is learning a second language and learns fine motor skills through child aimed games so i know first hand that phones can be a learning tool for children. on her fourth birthday i am 100% sure she will be getting a phone if she hasnt by this coming christmas. and depending on how well she can get around on my iphone by then she may get her own iphone. every child is different. it just depends on your childs needs and how responsible/mature they are.