How old is old enough for a smartphone?

Smartphone

I have a child of ‘not quite old enough for a smartphone yet’ age. The time is ticking away towards decisions needing to be made and agreements worked through. I recently came across this positive article upon the topic that I thought I would share:

Common Sense Media – Why Getting My 11-Year-Old a Phone Was One of the Best Parenting Decisions I’ve Ever Made [7th May 2018]

I found the article and a lot of the resources it links to really useful when thinking about this parenting step.

Thoughts for parents and educators

  • How can a smartphone and what it connects to be used as a link between parents/educators and children/students?
  • How can we model to our children appropriate use of smartphones?
  • How do you frame conversations about checking through a child’s digital messages and browsing history?