16. They are old enough to get a job and pay for it themselves. Too many kids now-a-days think their parents owe them things like this. I didn't have my first cell phone until I was 21 years old, and I got by just fine. You want it, you pay for it.
I think young 8 0r ten if they responsible, you never know what happens just in case of an emergency if you dont want him/her something expensive get one of those called a "ladybug' where you can just call home and a police, untill him/her can get a newer model, you never know what happens you know cause of tbe shooting and other stuff that has happen
My rule gas always been, when they can pay for the phone and service themselves. When my kids start college, I get them a new phone and put them in my plan for the first time. Until then, they are in their own if they want a phone.
No younger than twelve. Preferably old enough to be responsible for an expensive piece of equipment which would be closer to 16. My niece and nephews got their first phones as they each entered seventh grade. Of course each one promptly lost ir broke phones and didnt get a second one for a good long time.
when they become responsible enough for one they don't need one of them newer phones in-tell they get to middle school because that's when it starts getting hard and they start to get judged get him or her a flip phone at about 8-12 then when all his or her friends starting getting newer phones then get him or her one
honestly my daughters friends have cell phones and they are 12 yrs of age, they are on them during school and are on them when at home, completely ignoring the person they are with at all times! I will not get my daughter a cell phone until she is at least 15-16 because then she'd not only have the latest thing, but would also have learned responsibility!
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I think it depends in what kind of neighborhood you live in and what your child's responsibilities are. Ex. Lets say you live in a bad neighborhood lots of thefts, shootings, etc., then about 10, 11. Or another Ex.- Good neighborhood, but let's say you child is 12 or 13 and babysits other kids or their siblings, then about 12, 13. Or if its a good neighborhood and they don't babysit or anything like that, then whenever they get a job. (In MI they can get a job at 14, other states might be different.) I'm 13 and got my first phone at about 10 because I'm mature and responsible.