Most of us parents can’t survive a day without our smartphones (let’s be honest), so it’s no wonder our kids want what we've got. But the question of at what age should a kid get a phone is a bit complicated, which is why we asked a family therapist, a parenting expert, a digital safety expert and a handful of parents to weigh in. Read on—no mindless scrolling, please—for the consensus. (Spoiler: The correct decision has more to do with maturity and necessity than it does the age of your child.)
- Cassandra Fallon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Regional Clinic Director at Thriveworks, a nationwide in-person and online therapy service. Cassandra specializes in parenting and behavioral problems.
- Katie Greer is a digital safety expert who travels the globe educating students, parents, and global corporations about technology and all things digital safety.
- Jillian Amodio is a licensed social worker (LCSW), parenting expert and founder of Moms for Mental Health.