Breakfast Buzz: When is a child old enough for a smartphone?

There’s no question smartphones are becoming an important part of our society, but at what age should your child join the smartphone club?

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    Jesse Weinberger is an Ohio-based internet safety instructor and says that between a child’s lack of maturity and impulse control and all of the mature content available, kids aren’t typically ready for a smartphone until high school.

    “When you give your child a smartphone, you are giving them the keys to the kingdom. You’re giving them the keys to reach anything that exists in the internet,” Weinberger said.

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    Weinberger recommends when a child does have a smartphone, parents look into parental controls, limiting screen time and keeping phones out of bedrooms at night. She also stresses the need to lay out expectations with a contract.

    What do you think? Do you agree that 14 is the right age, or do you think kids should be allowed smartphones sooner?

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    With files from Laurel Gregory