Should I Give My Child A Smartphone? Some Pros and Cons

In this age of technology, many of us consider buying our young children smartphones. There are many pros and cons when it comes to doing this.

One advantage of getting your child a smartphone is the fact that smartphones are generally very compact and easy to fit in pockets and bags. Of course, it really depends on how big the pocket or bag is, as well as how big the smartphone is. Some smartphones can get surprisingly large to the point where they are called “phablets.”However, there are a variety of different sized models to choose from.

Even though there is a large selection of different sized phones, there seems to be a trend where the most compact smartphones with good features are the most expensive. So, if you want your child to have a smartphone with great features that he or she can easily fit into a pocket, you may have to shell out somewhere around $700 or $800, as opposed to the cheaper models of smartphones. Seven or eight hundred dollars is pretty steep, especially when you are spending that much on leisure items for children. If price is an issue for you, you may want to consider getting something a little bigger—like a tablet—that has a larger screen and has a fuller appearance.

Another thing to consider is the fact that if you are planning to buy a cheap smartphone model for your child, it may be tough, if not impossible to sniff out a good quality case. On the other hand, if you get something like the Ipad Pro, there will be a better selection of cases.

A smartphone is handy because it is hand-held, can fit in pockets and bags many times, and is capable of making phone calls. It is crucial for your child to have a phone for his or her safety. A phone can really be a child’s lifeline. The convenience and smallness of smartphones makes it easier and more enjoyable to carry them around everywhere—rather than a ten-inch tablet. So, as a lifeline, smartphones are the better choice. Not to mention that there are lots of handy apps and resources that they can access anywhere with it.

Of course, you’ll need to make sure that your teenager understands safe use of electronics. They shouldn’t be on their smartphone while crossing the street, for example, and they definitely shouldn’t be texting while driving. These things may seem like common sense to people accustomed to technology, but a surprising number of teenagers forget about basic safety when they’re distracted by a smartphone.

Many parents seek to keep their kids entertained for a few hours a day and if this is a reason you’re considering an iPhone perhaps just think about getting an Ipad. They are very hand for having around the house, or taking on errands. There are also many options to choose from, thanks to Apple, and you can pick one that would best suit your child’s needs. Just be sure to have clear limits and uses for it, so as to avoid having a tech obsessed child in the future.


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