Amy Iverson: How to know if your child is ready for that first phone


If you have a tween in your home, no doubt they are begging for a phone for Christmas. Or maybe you have been able to hold off and have an actual teenager under your roof without a mobile device right now. I have no doubt a phone is on the top of their wish list, too.

You’re not even immune from this if your children are all still in elementary school. In its 2016 Digital Trends Study, research firm Influence Central figured out that age 10 is the average age a child now gets that first phone. Just for comparison, the most popular Christmas gift when I was 10 was a Cabbage Patch Kid…


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