At what age should kids be given their own mobile?

At what age should kids be given their own mobile?

Times are a-changing and what was once a novelty is now commonplace.

Of course it depends on the child, but we want to know what age you think is acceptable for a child to have their first mobile phone.

Perhaps you think they're a tool that allows kids more freedom. Or are they just another digital distraction?

So how old do you think they should be before they get one?

Results

Parents of under-18s (8255 votes)
Five or under 33 votes (0%)
6 28 votes (0%)
7 54 votes (1%)
8 181 votes (2%)
9 260 votes (3%)
10 1514 votes (18%)
11 3468 votes (42%)
12 1471 votes (18%)
13 614 votes (7%)
14 270 votes (3%)
15 119 votes (1%)
16 174 votes (2%)
17+ 69 votes (1%)
Parents of now grown-up children (3321 votes)
Five or under 20 votes (1%)
6 10 votes (0%)
7 19 votes (1%)
8 40 votes (1%)
9 46 votes (1%)
10 385 votes (12%)
11 1168 votes (35%)
12 720 votes (22%)
13 303 votes (9%)
14 223 votes (7%)
15 95 votes (3%)
16 152 votes (5%)
17+ 140 votes (4%)
Not had kids (3415 votes)
Five or under 45 votes (1%)
6 10 votes (0%)
7 19 votes (1%)
8 63 votes (2%)
9 47 votes (1%)
10 369 votes (11%)
11 784 votes (23%)
12 699 votes (20%)
13 495 votes (14%)
14 296 votes (9%)
15 186 votes (5%)
16 229 votes (7%)
17+ 173 votes (5%)

                   14,991 votes received.

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