I believe the best time for a kid to have a mobile phone should be when he or she is matured enough to know the proper uses of mobile phone.
When we give phones to kids who don't even know how to make use of it effectively or productively, they end up using the phone as a disadvantage which may cause great problems. This means such kids may end up watching or viewing immoral activities via their phones such as porn or other immoral activities.
Most people may want to give a specific age which is mostly from 15 - 18 years, but the fact is age doesn't determines your maturity sometimes.
I know of kids who behave like adult due to the kind of exposure and training they have undergone. This kind of kids are able to make use of mobile phones accordingly and they use it as a positive advantage.
I conclude by ensuring every parents or guardian to be very careful about the type of mobile phones they give their kids to avoid negative impact in the kids life. It is recommended to teach the kids about how he or she can be successful making use of his gadgets and explain or ban such kids from immoral activities the kids may want to involve or delve in.
Thanks for reading and I hope this helps.
Kids shouldnt even have cell phones! Cell phones are getting more and more advanced now and the ammount of information (information overload), is to much for children. They should be busy being children - running around, playing in the park etc etc, not stuck behind screens.
Screens are addicitve, and childrens minds are more likely to become addicted to screens as their brains arent fully developed yet. I remember when I was a child (20 years ago), and how addictive basic games were (Sega, PS1). Now imagine 20 years later, and we have phones with games and apps who have development teams behind them whos job is to keep people engaged and using their app - seems like a battle we will never win.
Some people argue that they need them for 'safety' but 20 years ago children didnt all have cellphones and they were safe! On top of this there is many ways in which children can actually be less safe on phones - sharing to much information, and apps tracking their data.
In reality I see children younger and younger with cell phones - some as young as 5 or 6 and makes me sad, and that we have failed as a society. I think in the perfect world we should allow children to own a phone at all, and limit their usage of sceens. However once children get to a certain age (10 or 11) it becomes harder to stop them and cell phones are a way of fitting in - it seems those who dont have a phone will be seen as 'outcasts'
there are some questions that you should ask yourself first, before giving your child a handphone.
1. Does your child really need?
Reconsider things like if the age of a child is often accompanied by an adult, or a child who does not spend much time apart from school or at home.
2. Do many of his friends already have cellphones?
"You certainly don't want your child to be the only one who doesn't have a cellphone and feels different from his friend, At the same time, you feel your child is too young to have a cellphone. Try to reconsider by looking at the atmosphere of your child's relationship.
3. Will the Child agree if he is given a regulation using a cellphone?
Many parents apply rules so that children can divide their time between homework, and time with you as a parent.
if the child has begun to understand the objects in their hands, holding your cellphone for example, maybe it's time the child is introduced to the gadget. But for sure, children under the age of two years should not be introduced to gadgets. Although toddlers are having fun exploring pressing buttons and watching videos, does not mean they are ready to use the gadget. Experts recommend waiting until your child is at least pre-school.
At the age of three years, many children have begun to become active media users to access educational content from electronic media. Educational content is presented in the form of interesting images and the voice of children's characters to capture attention.