The topic is being increasingly debated as children get smartphones at an ever younger age. On average, children are getting their first smartphones around age 10, according to the research firm Influence Central, down from age 12 in 2012. For some children, smartphone ownership starts even sooner -- including second graders as young as 7, according to internet safety experts.
I'd think it would depend a lot on the kid and on the environment and subject to significant parental monitoring. A smart phone can be a great resource a well as a safety item, but it can also be a major distraction and a serious annoyance. I don't think one can set an age and that's it for all kids in all circumstances.
A colleague of mine took his 9- and 11-year old kids to Istanbul. In their first night he took them to see the Bosphorus bridge at night, and he told me it was a wonderful sight with all the lights and the market signs in the distance and illuminated cruise ships sailing by. Plus there was a band playing tadtitional songs in the street, and people were actually dancing.His kids barely looked at it all, They were completely lost in their phones and iPads, browsing or playing facebook games.So yeah. I'm not buying my daughter anything until she's a teenager.
10???I had the tin cans and string model when I was 5 or 6.
Quote from: ravenscape on July 25, 2016, 08:57:39 PM10???I had the tin cans and string model when I was 5 or 6.Spoiler (click to show/hide)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKHFZBUTA4k