What Is the Best Age to Buy Your Child a Cell Phone?

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    According to a study conducted for the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center (MARC), one-fifth of 8-year-old 3rd graders already own their own cell phones.

    There is not a set age that has been deemed “the right age” for children to own phones. But there are a lot of things to take into perspective before purchasing your child a phone, such as the uses for the cell phone.

    Ruth Peters, a child psychologist in Clearwater, Florida suggested that parents avoid buying children younger than 13 a phone with a camera and Internet access. “If they don’t have access to it, it’s just cleaner,” she said.

    So, when is the right time?

    Before buying your child a cellphone and throwing them into the world of social media, take some things into consideration such as how responsible is your child and can they handle keeping up with a physical phone as well as abiding by the restrictions set in place to keep them out of texting scandals and social media disputes.

    FULL ARTICLES:

    http://www.parenting.com/blogs/children-and-technology-blog/jeana-lee-tahnk/what-best-age-get-your-kid-cell-phone

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/10/technology/personaltech/10basics.html?_r=0

    http://www.pbs.org/parents/childrenandmedia/article-when-should-you-get-kid-cell-phone.html

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