I am planning on upgrading to the new iPhone once it is (allegedly) available next month. So the question arises, “Do I give the old iPhone to our 5 1/2 year-old daughter?”
According to this NY Times article and a respected pediatrician in Seattle, the answer is no. The doctor suggests there is a growing consensus that the 11- to 13-year-old range is an acceptable time to equip a child with a phone. A 2009 survey showed that the majority of children who have a cellphone get one by the time they turn 13.
I’m of two minds on this one. My daughter can navigate the phone’s apps and functions with ease. Also, it’s not like the actual phone or text functions will be operational. However, think about how addicted grown men and women can be when it comes to their phones and consider how much more powerful that urge can be with a child. Studies have shown that children’s brains are not developed enough to always exercise self-restraint.
What do you think?