Phones & Kids
Technology plays a big part in our daily lives. You can order your groceries right from your phone, use it as a GPS, you can watch movies and even use your phone as a form of entertainment through a variety of internet games and apps. But when is it appropriate for a kid to get their first cellphone?
The Journalism X Team took this debate to the streets and asked our local Winter Garden community their opinions.
Taylor, an employee at a local restaurant on Plant Street thinks parents should wait to give kids their first phone.
‘’When they can drive a car, maybe 16? It makes sense that when they are driving places as a teenager, kids can use the phone to call their parents.’’
“Deciding the appropriate age to have a cell phone is and should be a case by case situation, and should be left up to the parents.”
Deciding the appropriate age for kids to have a cell phone is certainly a difficult one, a decision that requires a lot of thought and consideration.
Tourist and father, Jonathan thinks “As long as their mature enough, it’s important to have a talk with your parents, regarding certain websites, I’d probably say, maybe 4th, 5th, 6th grade depending on their maturity”.
Local mom, Dawn, tells us it’s important for kids to get a hold of their parents for safety reasons and believes restrictions should be in place regarding websites kids can access. She also thinks the accessibility outweighs the detriment of having a phone.
Deciding the appropriate age to have a cell phone is and should be a case by case situation, and should be left up to the parents.