Parents' Corner

When Should You Get Your Child a Smartphone?

Posted by David Smith on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

smartphone childToday's world of technology-driven gadgets begs the question, what is the appropriate age for a child to get their first smartphone?

The answer to the question runs the gamut from "when they can afford to buy it themselves" to "when they're mature enough to use a smartphone responsibly."

Pros for Children with Smartphones

• For older children, it provides them with the opportunity to show their parents they know how to take care of an advanced gadget.

• Some parents note that it gives them "peace of mind" knowing their child has a phone. Of course, a prepaid cell phone would serve the same purpose.

• GPS tracking is a positive point but the opposing view is where a toddler is going to be with a Smartphone other than with their parents. For older kids in their teens and driving, a Smartphone makes sense.

Cons for Children with Smartphones

• Smartphones should not replace family time.

• Young children need to learn how to socialize, interact, and communicate face-to-face with others to support growth.

• They can be too distracting.

• Young children don't need the advanced technology of a Smartphone. When they're older with computer knowledge, a Smartphone is more appropriate.

Our team at Horizon Education Centers is focused on helping and supporting your child from toddlers to preteens. Our highly trained staff keep our programs fun, entertaining, and educational so your child gets the most from time spent at one of our convenient locations.

From summer camp to after school care, let us make each day one of excitement and socialization for your child. Contact us at the center nearest you and let us help you choose the perfect program.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Tech Tips

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