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Q: “Is My Child Old Enough for a Smartphone?”

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Q: “How do I know if my child, who’s 10, is ready for a smartphone? Are there benefits or downsides to holding off when it seems like all my child’s classmates have access to one?

Should I be concerned about potentially early exposure to social media?”Many parents are unsure when to give their child a smartphone.

Ultimately, the decision is a personal and nuanced one, but we do know that most children today get their first smartphone by age 11.1 Also, many tweens are on social media platforms, even though virtually all these platforms require registered users to be at least 13 years old.1That said, your child’s maturity level is the most important factor to consider when deciding when to give them a smartphone.

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