We cannot rely on previous generations’ experience and wisdom to figure out the right or best age to offer children smartphones. This topic is routinely brought up in my home and the homes of the families I work with. My opinion is not very popular. It’s not a judgment—it’s just what I see as best for children and their families: Eighth grade or even freshman year in high school is the best time to offer a child a smartphone.
What?! you may be thinking. That’s totally ridiculous!
Is it, though?