What age should children be allowed their own smartphone?

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Children nowadays are given their first smartphone at the age of 11, according to new research.

It is often at around this age because this is when many children start secondary school.

Having a smartphone is often one of the first devices on which you might you have independent access to the internet.

The survey done by money services company OneFamily found that around one in three parents worry about the age at which their children should be allowed to use the internet unsupervised.

So we want to know what you think. Is 11 too young, too old or the right age to be given your first smartphone? Let us know below.

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A lot of parents debate at what age you should be allowed to do certain things, and everybody has different opinions.

In some families, younger siblings are allowed to do things for the first time at a younger age than their older brothers and sisters.

The research said that, on average, a second child is allowed to get a computer or laptop a year earlier than their older sibling.

Have you experienced this? What do you think about what you've read in this article? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Ragnar

    24 Mar 2019 19:00
    i think the goverment should stop gaming addiction
  • Comment number 9. Posted by Hope

    22 Mar 2019 17:48

    OMG... wish u luck! :)

    From Chloe
  • Comment number 8. Posted by Hope

    22 Mar 2019 17:46
    I say that 11 yrs old is the right age.

    I currently have a phone which is also known as a ' ßrick Phone ' So when I am in Secondary school I will be able to have An Apple Phone! :)

    -Chloe 🔆
  • Comment number 7. Posted by CuteBlackCat

    20 Mar 2019 19:25
    I think 0-9 years is WAY too young for a phone. You should get one when you start going home from school by yourself so your parents know that you are safe.
  • Comment number 6. Posted by BrownieQueen

    20 Mar 2019 18:24
    I think you should get one when you need one, which, to be fair is usually about 11 because most people need one when they start secondary school. I'm 11 and I'm getting my first phone in September, before I turn 12 (though it's my mum's old phone), but I know some people in my year that have had phones since they were 5.
  • Comment number 5. Posted by U17497637

    20 Mar 2019 18:13
    I think 10/11 years old is a good age
    I am 10 and I got my first phone at Christmas
  • Comment number 4. Posted by U17433506

    20 Mar 2019 16:02
    I think it depends on maturity if you are 11 but not mature no but reverse yes.
  • Comment number 3. Posted by happytrampoliningchocolatewaffle

    20 Mar 2019 15:35
    I think it depends on what the parents think and if you are ready for ut
  • Comment number 2. Posted by WildcatPower

    20 Mar 2019 15:25
    My younger sister alway gets things earlier than me. I’m only just 12 but she gets to watch the same films as me.
  • Comment number 1. Posted by U17407940

    20 Mar 2019 11:52
    My mum said I cannot have a smartphone until I am 18!!! I am 11 now so 7 years left until I can have one