I had them at 13, LOVED them, but didn't actually look after them properly and as a result now have burst blood vessels in my eyes - dailies solve this problem, as probably would monthlies (it is 26 years since I was 13 and I just had ones that you kept for a couple of years and had to clean daily and de-scale monthly)
DD (13) got daily disposable a couple of months ago but only wears them for sport or special days out, have taken DS (11) today for first trial and he will do the same (he actually quite likes his glasses but I am worried about them getting broken playing sports and he does have a tendancy to break them when angry/frustrated). Best advice would be to speak to your optician and have a free trial.
My DS is 11 and has just been 'fitted' for contact lenses. He had to prove he had good hygiene, could put them in/take then out properly - basically be responsible with them. He was given enough to last a week (he had to wear them every day) and he then had another appointment to check how he was getting on with them.
He has the daily disposables and loves them. He doesn't wear them every day but uses them for sports (swimming/rugby/martial arts etc) and we are going out (and he wants to wear them).
He loves them.
The Contact Lens optician he saw said to me that I was doing a wonderful thing for him by giving him contact lenses - they enable him to see with no restriction. My concern was that 11 was too young but apparently not.
depends entirely on how good he is at keeping his nails clean and trimmed. If you see raggedy nails with black stuff under them, no way. If they are kept trim, and healthy looking, neat, moisturised etc, but above all, CLEAN, then go for it. Eyesight is too precious to allow a young child to mess around with. Bad hygiene can lead to blood vessels growing into the lens, and blindness. Not really worth the hating glasses hassle. I got mine at 16, yet at 27 still managed to mess my eyes up from wearing them 18plus hours a day. I had to stop wearing them for two years to allow the vessels to drain. I'm okie now, but wont be letting my dc wear contacts until they can show me that they can keep their hands clean