What age should kids be allowed to get a phone? Take part in our debate – Derbyshire Live

Science & Technology

More and more children have a mobile phone these days, but when are kids old enough to have them?
It feels like virtually everyone has a smartphone these days including children. Kids will often use social media, play games or browse the internet to pass time.
However, not everyone thinks this is a good thing. Some will say that children can become addicted to them and may struggle to concentrate at school.
They are also expensive and can cost a lot of money to replace if a child does not look after them properly. There is also the issue of them potentially being a safety hazard when crossing the road for example.
READ MORE: Letters: People become MPs because they are 'attention seekers'
But there are some advantages such as being able to stay in touch with friends or the ability to call someone in an emergency. They could also use it for educational purposes.
According to YouGov, by the age of seven, 53% of the children in the UK own a mobile phone. The study was conducted by Childwise on 2,167 children aged between five to 16.
What do you think is the right age for a child to own their first phone, and why? Let us know in the comments below or click here
READ NEXT:

source