Dear Amy: My parents say I am too young to have a cellphone. What is a good age to get one? — Brenda T., Seattle, Washington
Dear Brenda: Having a cellphone is a big responsibility. There is not really a specific age that is universally agreed on as appropriate for a kid to have a phone of his or her own. It’s important to consider the reasons you would like to have a cellphone, and to recognize whether it is a “need” or a “want.”
Some points to consider are the expense to your parents for the phone’s purchase and its monthly fee; whether your classroom has a phone available during the school day in case you need to contact your parents; and whether you are going to be away from your parents outside of the school day and might need to call them for a ride home or to let them know where you are.
It is also important to acknowledge that with all the apps and software available on smartphones, you will have a responsibility to use them wisely. Common Sense Media suggests some questions that you might want to discuss with your parents to help decide if you’re ready for a cellphone at tinyurl.com/gu3geb3.
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