I don't even know what is normal these days. People in this topic are going to say some wild shit like "I'm never buying them a smartphone, my child will learn to use an abacus" or whatever, but I suspect these people might not appreciate the pressure parents face to keep up with the joneses' kids.
It's tough to say. I'd imagine that parents would be interested in the "find my phone" or "find my kid" style apps. I wouldn't waste money by getting them a flagship phone, but something fairly contemporary should provide modern conveniences.
I remember my kid sister had a dumbphone when she like 10. Would my parents have gotten her a smartphone had those been available at the time? You betcha.
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On the very very off-chance I do end up having children, they're getting dumbphones from me. If they want a smartphone, that's on them to deal with. (I'd probably become more flexible on that once they're closer to adulthood but, at 13? Nah. You don't need that.)
Seeing worthless parents pushing strollers around while the toddler inside has its eyes glued to an iPhone is just awful to me. I wish it were a societal norm that people who do that get berated in public.
Lol. I give all the kids in my family a smartphone when they're about 6 months old. Their parents don't like it but I obviously tell them to use it sparsely as a distraction tool here and there. It has no service outside WiFi and 911, unless the parents want to.
I give it away because I have like 50 sealed smartphones laying around of various flagship models from 2016+. I know the parents are not gonna get the kid one that soon, so I just donate it and make it easy for everybody.
I also think of my tech geek self and how I would have died at the thought of something like smartphones existing when I was a kid. I remember flipping out when I saw someone using Windows CE on a mini PDA type laptop back in the 90s.
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As early as possible. I'm not some fearmongering idiot pining for "the old days", rambling on about how they're terrified of new things.
Get your kid prepared for the future.
This. People here talk a big game, but when their kids are getting picked on because they don't have a phone, or getting pressure from friends and they're crying about not having a phone all the time, they'll change their tune.
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Not until they are responsible enough to handle it. My kid didn't get one till a couple years ago. She's 14 going on 15 now. Would start with one of those cheap little preloads. Some kids are more responsible at different ages then others. A kid who was essentially Syd from Toy Story, or under the age of 10 is probably not a good idea.
I'm sixteen, still have never owned my own phone. Not a landline in my house either. If I need to make a call, I have to go to somebody else. So I'd probably get my kid a phone at sixteen, because if I've made it this far, so can they.
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