What age do you think is “right” to get your kids a cellphone? Last year, the research firm Influence Central found that the average age for children after surveying 500 families was 10.3 years old.
So what is the right age?
Different experts have offered their opinion but of course, there’s no one answer.
Bill Gates has spoken out in an interview saying he doesn’t think children should be allowed to own a smartphone until they’re 14.
The move has been highlighted by technology and parenting experts, who have argued that parents should resist the urge to indulge children in tech for as long as possible.
Yes, the world’s richest man for the fourth year running has said he and wife Melinda banned their three children from owning phones until they were 14.
Bill and Melinda also set limits on screen time, so as to allow more time talking with family.
Speaking to a British newspaper, the billionaire touched on their set of rules and the discipline enforced.
“We don’t have cell phones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cell phones until they were 14, and they complained other kids got them earlier,” he said.
“We often set a time after which there is no screen time and, in their case, that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour.
“You’re always looking at how it can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess.”
Despite marketing things at young people, its revealing what tech creators actually think of their wares when it comes to their own children.
Before he passed away, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs famously answered a question from a New York Times reporter, asking him ‘What do your children think about the new iPad?’
By saying that they wouldn’t know, because they’re banned in his house