As globalisation continues its spread round the world, a certain group of persons might disagree with the spread of technological know-hows as regards age limits.
The right age to give kids their first cell phones is really up to parents, but handing them a smartphone should really be put into thorough scrutiny. Age isn’t as important as a kid’s maturity level, ability to follow home (and their schools’) rules, and their sense of responsibility is considering negative influence from the internet the kid will be exposed to . But when you give your kids smartphones, you’re giving them a powerful communication and media-production tools.
They can create text, images, and videos that can be widely distributed and uploaded to websites instantly. Parents really need to consider whether their kids are ready to use their phones responsibly and respectfully.
If you think your kids’ technological savvy is greater than their ability to use it wisely, pay attention to the gap. You may need to say, “No, not yet.”
Here are some questions you could consider before giving your kid a smartphone :
- Can your kid separate negative knowledge from positives on the internet?
- Would having easy access to smartphones benefit them for social reasons?
- Do you think they’ll use smartphones responsibly — for example, not texting during class or disturbing others with their phone conversations?
- Can they adhere to limits you set for minutes talked and apps downloaded?
- Will they use text, photo, and video functions responsibly and not to embarrass or harass others?
In conclusion, age shouldn’t be the only factor to consider in the topic of kids owning smartphones.