When Should a Child Get a Cell Phone?

When is the right time to give a child a cell phone?

This is a question that more and more families are trying to answer. For our generation, it feels a bit like uncharted territory; after all, most of us didn't get cell phones until we were adults. But things have changed. Children are getting cell phones at younger and younger ages.

According to a 2010 report from Mediamark Research and Intelligence, in 2009 6.5% of 6- to 7-year-olds, 17.7% of 8- to 9-year-olds, and 36% of 10- to 11-year-olds have cell phones. The numbers go up as kids get older. A study from the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2010 found that 69% of 11- to 14-year-olds and 85% of 15- to 18-year-olds have them.

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