Unless you want to live under a rock, you cannot escape the invasion of smartphones in our world today. You could see smartphones being used by adults falling in line while waiting for their coffee, by teenagers hanging out in the classroom or in public spaces, by adults walking down the street, and just about anyone in the train or a bus.
Increasingly, bored children are also staring down at a smartphone or tablet screen when they are at a restaurant, or when their parents want to have some peace and quiet in the house or in a public space.
It’s one thing for a child to borrow his or her parent’s phone. It’s an entirely different thing for a child to own a smartphone. What is the right age for a child to get a smartphone?
Here are several facts from Influence Central about smartphones and kids that you might want to know:
- On average, kids get their first smartphones when they are 10.3 years old
- Families text each other even when they are home
- Kids are using tablet computers and smartphones for entertainment when they travel with family
- 50% of kids have social media accounts by age 12, Facebook and Instagram lead the way in kids’ usage