With the increasing need for children to keep up with technology, we are beginning to discuss the inevitable moment our children will get a mobile phone. We are thinking around maybe 11 or 12 and I’m sure it varies based on each child and their individual family circumstance, but out of curiosity what age would you let your child get a mobile phone?


Posted by Kidsquad3, 23rd September 2019


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  • If I could it would be 18. I fear there is so much negativity out there in cyberspace for young impressionable tweens/teens who are still learning to just be themselves without having so many online influences jammed down their throat. In saying that I would never want my daughter to feel like she is left out of the norm. I think maybe 13/14 for a smart phone with internet access. Perhaps a basic calls/text phone for emergencies at 10/11. I guess time will tell when she gets there….fingers crossed times have changed by then ????



  • I agree 11 or 12. For safety



  • My kids are only 1 and 2 atm so they won’t be getting one for a LONNNGGG time. But I was in year 8 when I first got my phone, I caught public transport to and from school and an incident happened to me so my mum got me a phone. So I think between 11 and 13 is a perfect age.



  • I do have to admit I am loving the mom responses here to this. Yes at first no need for internet etc. Just call and text.



  • We gave our eldest 2 a mobile phone when they started high school.



  • Don’t feel pressured. While mobile phones are extremely handy to have, they also come with issues and problems. Access to the internet is a minefield for kids. My daughter was 12 when she first got a mobile. It was only for texting and phone calls. Often she had no credit, but it was still good for us to be able to contact her if needed. My son was 15. He just wasn’t all that interested. Same deal as daughters phone, no internet connection, limited credit etc



  • My son was 14 before we allowed him to have a mobile but we also had restrictions regarding what he could do on it and we discussed social media, uploading photos etc.



  • Children need to be responsible with the use of technology and maturity should be developing in the teenage years.



  • My daughter was 10 years old when she got her first mobile. She is pretty mature and responsible for her age and since she’s had it we’ve had no problems.



  • With our older children it was 16 years old or if they were working. With our younger ones there is a loaner phone that has pre selected numbers for when they are out and need to call us as phone booths really do not exist. They can also call emergency services if needed.



  • I’m with you I am waiting to see but I was thinking 12



  • At the start of high school.



  • My daughter had her first mobile when she started high school. She was 12 years old.


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