What's The Right Age to Give Kids a Cellphone?
A recent study showed cell phone use has gone up 68 percent over the past five years for American children
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When did you get your child a cellphone? Is there an age that's too young for a child to have a phone? Or does it depend on the reason the child is given the phone--to reach parents who are at work, to check in when out with friends, etc.?
According to the MRI American Kids Study, for children age six to 11, cell phone ownership increased 68 percent from 2005 to 2009. More than 88 percent of kids age 6 to 11 said they used their phones to call their parents and 68 percent said they also called their friends. Forty-nine percent said they used theirs to play games and nearly 48 percent said they like to take pictures with them.
So tell us in the comments what you think, Teaneck, about children and cell phones.