The other day I came across an article in the New York Times, “What’s the Right Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?” While reading it I thought about one of my first articles here on Be Web Smart, and thought it might be a good idea to revisit the question.
I first wrote this post back 2011. At the time, I had a 5th grader, and I thought she’d probably get a cell phone in 7th or 8th grade. Now she’s almost 16. She got her first basic cell phone (not a smartphone, just calling and texting) in 6th grade. We gave her a smartphone after 8th grade graduation (one of the last in her class, or so she told us at the time!)
So what has changed in the last four years?