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Rahul Thadani
What is the Best Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone?
April 7, 2014

The official reason why parents give their children smartphones is for their safety and security. However, most parents may well know that the unofficial reason is the nagging they are subjected to. Children often see their friends who own smartphones and declare that they too want the same. Moreover, most of the teenagers today only want smartphones which are pretty expensive to boot. So is buying them a smartphone a wise decision after all?

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The first question that comes to mind here is at what age must a child be considered old enough to own a smartphone? There is no universal answer to this, and it depends entirely on several external factors. The next question to ask is, what kind of a cellphone is it best to provide your child with; a smartphone or a regular feature phone?

The security risks of smartphones

As parents, it is necessary to know the risks and dangers of putting smartphones in the hands of someone too young, before doing so. After all, the Internet is a minefield of dangers for even the most experienced minds. So teenagers and young children are even more at risk.

The following threats can potentially harm your child online, so you need to ask yourself if you are willing to subject them to these risks.

  • Giving out personal and private information
  • Falling prey to online predators
  • Being a victim of cyberbullying
  • Carrying out excessive financial transactions
  • Developing an incessant Internet addiction
  • Losing interest in social activities that involve interacting with other kids
  • Facing sleep deprivation and reduced eyesight
  • Getting distracted from academics and school work

While some of these risks may seem exaggerated, the fact is that such incidents do occur. Children have a way of overusing gadgets and technology when they get their hands on it and it is the responsibility of their parents to educate them about the same. For more info on related threats, do visit our Rotary Cyber Safety Initiative page on Facebook.

While smartphones are great tools to possess, especially with regards to knowing your child’s whereabouts and for keeping in contact with them, it is necessary to be aware of the possible repercussions of owning them as well.

If you are a parent and have bought your child a smartphone, or are planning to get one soon, we would like to hear from you. Do take a minute to fill out the poll below and let us know what you think is the suitable age for getting your child a smartphone. Also, do ensure that your child’s smartphone has an effective antivirus solution running on it at all times.

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Rahul Thadani
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Rahul is a web enthusiast and blogger, and has been writing about the computer security industry for the last three years. Following the latest technology trends,...
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  1. Manish KumarApril 7, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Good article but needed some more insight.

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  2. Nandish KumarApril 7, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I will agree with this point

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  3. at the age of 18

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  4. age 18

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  5. anchal soniApril 7, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    My quickhael will be started plz

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    • Ishant sharmaApril 7, 2014 at 11:15 PM

      please stop mindwashing…. people give their child a smartphone or not… it’s their decision… and yes , if they will give their child a smartphone they will ensure to put a anitivirus in it… yes, of course it will be Quick Heal… πŸ˜€

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  6. subhas mondalApril 7, 2014 at 7:39 PM

    there is no particular age. it depends upon ur child. as a gurdian , u have to decide the right time for a smartphone after screening all the aspects and yours child resposibility and maturity. nobody knows better than u – about ur child. you know what she/he can do or not. so, estimate the risk and offer it.

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  7. k k kapadiaApril 7, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    my grandson is so much attached to all this games on phones – I phones – I pads – PC – that even on sport ground school bus on road – he keeps on playing with the same .there is no progress in sports – education social activities all are nil – smart phone is a danger to youth at a age below 16 .

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  8. Parameswar DasApril 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    IS there any Antivirus for Windows phone. Please let me in my mail ID if any.

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    • Hi Parameswar,

      Sorry but right now we don’t have an antivirus product for Windows Phone. When we do come up with this product, you will be one of the first to know.

      Thanks and regards.

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  9. Padmanabh BhagwatApril 7, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Could be around 15. More importantly the social quotient should be considered while giving such exposure. Parents should tell dos and don’t on smart phone and consequences

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  10. above 16 year

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  11. jitu sonejaApril 7, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    perfect age 16

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  12. nikhil gausvamiApril 8, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    11 years old child but his/her parents have to check always that the child is not miss use the smartphone/its internet.

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  13. Kamal MustafaApril 8, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    Quick heal is the best antivirus i live Very much bcoz repair 100% setup.exe file other anti virus c`not repair but they delete file. tht coz i live it.

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  14. suddenly my virus protection is off

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  15. I’ve seen it all. I don’t have a smart phone nor should children. Smart phones are very vulnerable to Malware/Spyware with the internet. Children only need a generic phone without internet. Parents need to be firm and stop allowing children to run the household.

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  16. Smart phones are very vulnerable to Malware/Spyware with the internet. Children only need a generic phone without internet. Parents need to be firm and stop allowing their children to run the household.

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  17. Manish RanaApril 8, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    quick heal …its nice antivirus it works so good.I like it.

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  18. Jehangir ChinoyApril 8, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Could you throw some light on the hazards of cell phone ‘radiation’ and children’s growth – specially the effect on their central nervous system and brain.
    Thank you in advance,
    Jehangir.

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  19. Manish RanaApril 8, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    it work so good.

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  20. Ravi KumarApril 8, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Good apps I am very happy

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  21. Pradeep VermaApril 8, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Smart Phone after 18 years, in India, may full fill academic usage, with cautious assessment, should be the only rationale.

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  22. just 5 years ! my child if expert enough to explore it

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  23. deepak sharmaApril 8, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Above 16 is the best age to understand everything now the time. So this is best age to giving smartphone to a child.

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  24. vinod patelApril 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    in todays time 16 is the time

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  25. Daulat KhataleApril 8, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    On the basis of operating system, i.e. Windows, Linux, Android etc, Which smartphones have more risk of getting virus and which are not? what solution you have to protect smartphones from viruses?
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

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  26. I think After 18 is suitable age to use smartphone by child. It would be helpful to know world, to understand what happening in around, to solve problems etc.

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  27. deepaklvora@gmail.comApril 8, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Smart Phones Are Marketing Tool For Easy Targets.

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  28. Don’t should to any phone in any age.

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  29. KARMODAY CHHOTARAYApril 8, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Parents should not provide the children smart phones. They should be counseled to buy one once they start earning themselves.

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  30. Lion ElangovanApril 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    All the parent want to update their children so early so that even the children exhaust so early with all the unwanted things.

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  31. RITURAJ BONTHApril 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    there is no particular age. it depends upon ur child. as a gurdian , u have to decide the right time for a smartphone after screening all the aspects and yours child

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  32. Why it require age bar? Smartphones are nothing but PC+phone.As its price are decreasing day by day,smartphones will not be different than toys.Such a orthodox question!!

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