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How old was your child when they had their first mobile?

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Winterc00kie Fri 11-Aug-17 10:19:12

Its my DD's 10th birthday coming up and she really wants a mbole which is no problem as it will be monitored closely, no social media...just whatsap and games.

How old was your child when they had their first mobile and was it too soon etc?

(I have very cheap contract and its capped so no bill shock...)

Sparklingbrook Fri 11-Aug-17 10:22:25

Probably about that age. They were walking home from school at the time so I felt happier they had one. Nothing posh though just a normal phone at that point, no internet or anything.

They quite liked sending texts.

Mychildcouldnotbreaatfeed Fri 11-Aug-17 10:23:54


But the world was young then and it was only for calls and texts. Since she couldn't spell she only used it to phone me and her dad or her grandparents.

Fork2fork Fri 11-Aug-17 10:24:50

Most of ds year group has them, going into yr 6. I am just worried how to keep it closely monitored but can see I will have to give into soon as he will start walking home after school

Winterc00kie Fri 11-Aug-17 10:26:37

Ye, I've got her a samsung J5 - the same as her step-dad but she wanted an iphone, her stepsis has an iphone and its proven unreliable (and Expensive!)

Winterc00kie Fri 11-Aug-17 10:29:13

@Fork2fork we will look after the phone at bed times so thats a way you could keep an eye on things?

AuntieStella Fri 11-Aug-17 10:29:35

All of mine got them the summer before they went to secondary.

And they all had to have a basic brick (we had PAYG) for a year before moving on to a smartphone.

When DC1 was that age, that was the norm. For DC2 it was still common enough. But DC3 was a bit of an outlier though not the only one (as most had had basic phones when primary age and were being upgraded for secondary, or went straight to smartphone)

Lucked Fri 11-Aug-17 10:30:26

Bill Gates said earlier this year that his kids couldn't get a smartphone before 14, I think that is an ideal but will be difficult to achieve. I would not give a smart phone to a 10 year old but I think a non smart phone from a young age is probably necessary.

OSETmum Fri 11-Aug-17 10:31:16


maddiemookins16mum Fri 11-Aug-17 10:31:29

11 (an old one of mine with no internet ha ha).

Roundandroundtheapartment Fri 11-Aug-17 10:31:34

I've said dS can have one when he goes to year 6 and will probably be walking home from school/going to the park with friends.

Op can you specify that if she can look after the J5 for a certain amount of time that you will consider buying an iPhone for a birthday/xmas

SumThucker Fri 11-Aug-17 10:32:26

The summer she left primary school, so almost 11.

stitchglitched Fri 11-Aug-17 10:32:51

7, for playing Pokemon Go.

coldcanary Fri 11-Aug-17 10:34:23

Same as others, the summer before high school. DD has actually just got my old iPhone on a PAYG sim, if she can prove she can look after it over the holidays and be sensible we'll put her on our contract.

Winterc00kie Fri 11-Aug-17 10:36:16

@Roundandroundtheapartment thats kind of the deal, she looks after her stuff well but i'm just still cautious. its the 2016 model so is worth around £120. her bday is september so will prob move up to iphone next year. xx

That1950sMum Fri 11-Aug-17 10:36:57

11th birthday and then only because they were beginning to walk to their friends and to school by themselves. They have no internet and are never allowed their phones in their rooms. Also no phones after 5pm.

IfYouGoDownToTheWoodsToday Fri 11-Aug-17 10:36:58

I agree with Bill Gates!

A basic phone and text phine at 11, but a smart phone at 13/14.

ShatnersWig Fri 11-Aug-17 10:37:17

I didn't have one until I was 34. And I'm 43 now. Amazing what children can't live without now.

Winterc00kie Fri 11-Aug-17 10:40:12

and i have it on a capped monthly - £12.00, 500 mins, 5000 texts 1g data.

RockyBird Fri 11-Aug-17 10:41:18


Winterc00kie Fri 11-Aug-17 10:41:44

@ShatnersWig hahah I lost my phone for a few days and I didnt miss it actually!

Brighteyes27 Fri 11-Aug-17 10:42:12

10 they are very popular in year 5 and 6. Especially if walking to school walking to friends houses.
Our rule was from day one to leave them on charge in the living room within sight of us (where the main charging point is) at meal times and about 30 mins before they go to bed.

KingscoteStaff Fri 11-Aug-17 10:45:32

Both had basic brick phones from the summer of Year 5, as that was when they started travelling home alone (bus and short walk).

Smart phones from Year 7, charged downstairs overnoght.

implantsandaDyson Fri 11-Aug-17 11:43:57

9 - usually for their 9th birthday or Christmas around then. I'm happy enough for them to have them from then - it's worked out well for us. They're used to them, they are not novelties, my kids go out from around that age. From about 10 they are swimming, going to the cinema, heading out with their friends so a phone has been important. My kids are 11 when they start secondary and they get buses there and back so I like them to have the phones for a good bit before that. The two older ones have contract phones- one has a Samsung and the younger one (10 in a few months) has an old iPhone.

JacquesHammer Fri 11-Aug-17 11:49:11

She was 8. And old iPhone 4 of mine.

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