How Young Is too Young for Cell Phones?
The age of expectation has been decreasing.
How often have you seen a parent hand a child — even a toddler — a cell phone to keep them occupied in a store, on a plane or in a restaurant?
The ever-absorbing devices are now a prime gift for young children, who also expect to be able to call and text their friends at ever-younger ages.
Parenting.com cited a study this year that said about 19 percent of third-graders have a cell phone. By middle school, that number is about 83 percent.
And there are of course inherent dangers, such as the case in Port Washington where an 11-year-old girl was sent inappropriate pictures on her phone.
Assuming that by cell phone we're talking about a smart phone that can connect to the internet and serve as a platform for games and movies, what age is too young for kids to have that access and that responsibility?
Take our poll and tell us in the comments.