I have finally joined the league of moms with children in school. Having a school-aged child in this era is scary, and as we have seen, a lot can happen in a school day, which can make a parent consider getting their child a mobile device.  Even with a five-year-old, I have been faced with the decision of whether or not – for safety and emergencies – she should have some sort of mobile device while at school, but then I came to my senses. I mean, she’s five, and definitely not responsible enough to have one, and she doesn’t have a job to pay the bill. But, when is a good time to purchase a mobile phone for your kid? Sprint has the answer with Kid’s First Phone website.

Katie Hurley, psychotherapist, speaker, and author of The Happy Kid Handbook

On the Kid’s First Phone website, Sprint offers third-party expert advice from Katie Hurley, psychotherapist, speaker, and author of The Happy Kid Handbook.  There is an online quiz for parents to take to check their child’s readiness for having a cellphone. And for those parents who have decided on getting their child a phone, there is a customizable parent-child mobile contract for the parent to set rules and limits for phone use.

Did you know? According to Influence Central, in 2016:

  • The average age a child gets their first smartphone is 10.3 years old
  • 64 percent of kids already have internet access via personal tablets/laptops.
  • 1 in 2 kids will have a social media account by age 12.

I wish the Kids First Phone website existed when I was 16 years old, which was when I was able to get my first cellphone. Maybe then, my mom would have seen that I was mature and responsible enough to own a cellphone, and would have allowed me to get one sooner.  Call it hating, but, I was not allowed to have a cellphone until I 1. Had a job and 2. Able to pay the bill myself; however, these days the age of children having a mobile device gets younger and younger.  Sometimes when I am out, I am surprised to see children as young as 9 or 10 having a cell phone. My nephew who is 12 has a cellphone. Can you believe that? I hope his mom made him sign a contract .:hint hint:.

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Below I am sharing Three Reasons You Should Get a Cellphone for your Child.

  1. Safety and Security – Cell phones can provide a level of safety and security if your child tends to travel to and from school alone. Most phones have GPS tracking, which is helpful in keeping track of your child’s location if lost or late coming home from school or an after school activity.
  2. Your child is mature – Having a cellphone is a huge responsibility. Your child should be mature enough, and smart enough to know not to use their mobile device in a negative manner. Explain the parameters, and set rules, especially since sexting and bullying on social media is rampant. Your child should know to stay away from engaging in those behaviors.
  3. Your child is responsible – Your child may be ready for a cellphone if he/she show that they can take care of their own belongings, do their homework, and not become distracted by mobile games and texting.

If you are still on the fence about whether or not this is the time to get a mobile device for your child, peruse the Kids First Phone website and take the quiz. By any chance, you think your child is ready, and will feel safe with them having cellphone this school year, enter to win the Sprint Samsung Galaxy 6 Edge (Service Not Included).

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  • John H.

    I don’t remember like 20.

  • Jennifer Herman

    I was 25.

  • BreanneT

    I was 14

  • ken

    i got my first when i started middle school and would need to be picked up after school.

  • Debbie Campbell

    I was in my 30s when cell phones become more popular

  • PhancyPheet

    I was an adult – like 20-22 before I got my cell phone.

  • cassandra

    I got my first cell phone when i was 14.

  • Allyson Becker

    I was 21, when I got mine!

  • Kelley powers

    I was 16. I had to have a job to pay for it

  • MichelleS

    I didn’t get my first cellphone until…first year of college because I went away to another state. Ok I’m not THAT old, but I grew up in a small town and there really was no “need” and cell phones weren’t really a “thing” back at that time.

  • Aaron Reck

    I was 18 when I got my first cell phone. I remember it very well. I was so happy.

  • Wendi Watson

    well hmmm i was about 22 they were just coming out lol

  • Elizabeth E

    I got a cell phone at age 28. They weren’t really available before then!

  • kminer1

    I was in my 30’s and my sister gave me the first gen. Droid Kim m

  • Candice N

    I got a cell phone when I was about 17.

  • Deborah Gardner

    I didn’t get a phone until I was 17.

  • Tammy Shelton

    35 or so, I think.. A flip phone.

  • Lori

    I was 17 when I got my first phone. The old flip phone haha and to think how cool they were looking back. My daughter was 15 but now has nothing because it broke. Being a single mom I can’t afford everything. Thanks so much for the chance

  • Jenny Watson

    I got my first cell phone at 25

  • Rachel Marie Travis

    I was 16 when I got my first cellphone!

  • chrissiemz

    I got my first cell phone when I was probably 28 🙂

  • melissa t

    I was older and it was a different time. I was 18 when I got my 1st cell phone

  • bittripfan

    16

  • Ashley S

    I received my first cell phone when I was 18.

  • tiffany dayton

    Whe I was young there were no cell phones.

  • Deanna

    I got my first cellphone when I was in my 20s.

  • I got my first cellphone on my 18th birthday.

  • HJ

    I was 15 when I got my first phone.

  • al

    at 60.

  • Tiffany Seybold

    My sister and I shared one when I was 12 for emergencies. I got one of my own when I started high school.

  • Lissa C.

    I was 17 graduating high school. I had an LG flip phone.

  • Kalyani N

    I got my first phone when I was 20

  • kaseylwilliams

    I was a junior or senior in high school so 17 I believe

  • Birdiebee

    I was in my late 30’s when I got my first cell phone.

  • Linda

    Around 25 😉

  • Karrie Millheim

    At the age of 12

  • Ellie W

    I was in my late 30’s.

  • Shirley Smith

    I was in College when I purchased my first cell phone. I just remember it was huge, No picture taking and no texting either. Lol We’ve come a long way.

  • Amy Hall

    I was 15, right before I started driving. And had the same company for 12 years before switching.

  • Rhonda Grisham

    I was grown..lol I think I was 29? But I’m old so…..

  • natasha

    I was 17 when I got my first phone but It did not have the capabilities of the phones now a days. I think my daughter was 11 when she got her first phone. She is now 17 and we still set limits for her.

  • twenteries

    I think I was about 18 or 19 – I started working for a cell phone company!

  • paula

    I was 25 when got my first phone.

  • Miguel Mendez

    I was 25 before when I got my first flip phone, lol.

  • Ashley Bree Perez

    I did not get a phone until I was 18.

  • harvester5905

    Seventeen. Thanks.

  • Rachel

    I honestly can’t remember when i got my first cell phone.

  • Justin Sparks

    I got my first cellphone when I was 15..had to get a job and still go to school…no handouts for me.

  • Candace Miller

    I was 16 with a job when I got my first phone.

  • Karen Behrman

    I was an adult in my 30s when I got my first phone my kids were also adults. my grandkids were 13 and 14

  • Gena Eve Viggiani

    I WAS THIRTY YEARS OLD!

  • Darlene Carbajal

    I think I got my first cell phone when I was 13.

  • Bee Mayes

    I was an adult, for quite some time before I had one. I was in my thirties.

  • Jeff K

    I got my first cell phone at 27 but that was the late 90’s

  • bkkihega

    I was about 13 or 14 years old when I got my first phone.

  • kimmye

    I got my first cellphone when I was 19!

  • shannon fowler

    I got my first phone when i was 16 and started driving. back then the cool thing was to change the cover. i disn’t get a smart phone until well after they were out.

  • Carol S

    I got my first cell phone at the age of 15. I never really used it so I ended up telling my parents I don’t need it. I got another phone at 18 and it stuck that time and I kept it lol.

  • Carol Roberts clark

    i was like 20 something o my it was a big deal back in the day to have one

  • Bayou Runners (HD)

    34

  • Saegan Michelle Anderson

    i got my first cell phone when i was 12

  • VP22

    I was in my 20s when I got my first one.

  • debbie wilson

    4yrs ago old school
    love it

  • Brittany Marie Thompson

    I got my first cell phone around age 14.

  • sarah cool

    I was 17 when I got my first cell phone
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  • john dallas

    15 years old…

  • Angela W

    I was 18 years old when I got my first cell phone.

  • Will Griesmer

    I got my first one when I was 16, but I paid for it.

  • Paul Gardner

    I was 18 when I got my first cell phone back in the 90’s!

  • Meghan Malicoat

    I got my first cell phone when I was 21 years old.

  • rowellreviews

    I was 23 I think when I got a cellphone and I actually had protested in mildly prior. I thought it was the world’s biggest dog leash. I still do to an extent, but I love mine for playing games, etc. kekagel@yahoo.com

  • I didn’t get a cell phone until I was 18.

  • Kristin McCall

    I got my first cell phone at the age of 16.

  • Angel

    I got my first cell phone when I was 18. Had to get my own with my own plan, so I couldn’t before then.

  • Brianna Wertman

    Just turned 36 and got my first cell 10 years ago at 26.

  • Jeff summers

    I did not have a cell phone when I was a child

  • maria j

    22! super late to technology.. I was a broke single mom/student and I when I put my daughter in daycare I finally got a pay as you go cell phone so the daycare could call me in an emergency

  • angelhart

    I was 31 when I got my first cell phone. Cell phones had just come out and they were the size of a TV remote and there were no free minutes, no texting or Internet. We had to pay for both incoming and outgoing calls, and the bill was outrageous!

  • steve weber

    I think I got my first cell phone when I was 19 or 20

  • Douglas Gerard

    I was 37 in 2000 when I GOT MINE

  • Chris Harris

    Probably was 20 or 21 when I got my first cell phone

  • Arielle

    I got my first cellphone as a freshman in college, it was an easy way for my parents to get in contact with me away from home.

  • Emily Ann

    I think I got my first phone at the age of 14-15! I went through so many until now

  • 1froglegs

    I don’t use a cellular phone, so I am at 36 and counting. My wife has had one since she was 18 or so, which is when they starting gaining in popularity in the late 90’s.

  • James Doyle

    14 🙂

  • annalisak

    I got my fist cell phone 20 years ago

  • Lisa b

    I was 14 years old so I was in the 9th grade . It came in handy when I miss my bus and needed someone to pick me up from school

  • I think I was around 20 when I got my first phone.

  • Melissa Velazquez

    I was in college when I got my first cell phone! I am not looking forward to having to decide when Misa gets one. I remember working at an after school program and second graders had phones!

  • Char

    I was a freshman at a private school, and my parents were so worried about me being in constant communication. I was very lucky to have one. Now I have a blackberry and I could really use an upgrade! Thank you 🙂

  • Aiwanei

    The first time I got a cellphone I was 17 years old. Was one of those old Nokia ones that probably could survive the end of the world. My daughter does not have a cellphone yet, and I’m not sure what age I would be truly comfortable with her having access to one except for special situations.

  • I was a senior in HS when I got my first cell phone from a BF… back then it was a prepaid and the size of a remote..haha. My daughter was about 11 or 12 when she got her phone because she was coming home from school before anyone was at the house to supervise. My son got his phone at 11 for the same reason.