At what age should a child get a smartphone ?

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Found 3rd Nov 2017Edited by:"Ana10"
I was having this discussion with a friend and I think a child can have a normal phone at around the age of 10 but not a smartphone.

I think Smartphones should be allowed at the age of 15/16years. However nowadays most 10 years old have an iphone 6 at least and because of that older children want to have something better so like Iphone7...

I think that a smartphone can be useful to socialise and all that however i think it can also affect their learning.

If a child that age can actually afford it or has worked for it thats fine.However, most under 15 don't have the money to afford the latest smartphone. This is another debate.

Until the age of 15 do you really need a smartphone ? Smartphones can be a dangerous technology especially if handed to children.

Would you give the latest smartphone to your child? Does a child under 15 need a smartphone ?
What do you think ? Would like to hear different views on this

P.S: It is the parents choice to give a smartphone I completely understand that. Just want to know what are peoples views on it.

What are the benefits of having a smartphone rather than a simple phone if you are under the age of 15?

If a child under 15 is allowed a smartphone, are they allowed to have social media such as instagram, snapchat, facebook and twitter ?
Are they allowed to have access to mobile internet Or is it just Wi-Fi mode only ?
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We got our eldest on her 10th birthday, she sleeps out at her real dad's and friends sometimes so it's nice to keep in touch, we can block anything we wouldn't want her going on and it's helping her with her education tbh...
I agree.
At least not an iPhone... A normal reasonably priced Android should do if the kid wants to chat with friends and so on.
When they can work for it then they can buy themselves the latest iPhone (excited).
The best thing about giving a child a smartphone is taking it away from them as a form of punishment.
Snakeyes64614 m ago

We got our eldest on her 10th birthday, she sleeps out at her real dad's …We got our eldest on her 10th birthday, she sleeps out at her real dad's and friends sometimes so it's nice to keep in touch, we can block anything we wouldn't want her going on and it's helping her with her education tbh...



Ok so it helps to keep in touch and with education. Thats the positive.
By keeping in touch do you mean like Video calling/Face timing?

Do she have access to internet outside (mobile data) ? Or is it only with Wi-Fi?

Are you not worried that she might get distracted during school ?
Can she use it during the night ? After bed time? Do you have like a time limit?
If no, are you not worried about her not having enough sleep and affecting her eyes also are you not worried of what she could be exposed to as she is just a child?
hearts2216 m ago

I agree.At least not an iPhone... A normal reasonably priced Android …I agree.At least not an iPhone... A normal reasonably priced Android should do if the kid wants to chat with friends and so on.When they can work for it then they can buy themselves the latest iPhone (excited).


Even an android is a smartphone, I understand that nowadays most under 15 have a smartphone but is it really necessary ? Rather than a smartphone get a normal phone so can still keep in touch. Also they probably have access to a computer, laptop so can keep in touch with their friends over that and not on a hand held phone that has access to the internet ?

What i am worried mostly about is the use of social media for under 15. Most believe what they see on it and what to have the same thing and can become depressed just by comparing "Fake Lifes".
Is it really necessary ?

Under 15 can be a bit too young to under appreciate what they actually have and start to behave like celebrities that are portrayed on social media.

If a child under 15 is allowed a smartphone, are they allowed to have social media such as instagram, snapchat, facebook and twitter ?
Are they allowed to have access to mobile internet Or is it just Wi-Fi mode only ?
Faz108 m ago

Even an android is a smartphone, I understand that nowadays most under 15 …Even an android is a smartphone, I understand that nowadays most under 15 have a smartphone but is it really necessary ? Rather than a smartphone get a normal phone so can still keep in touch. Also they probably have access to a computer, laptop so can keep in touch with their friends over that and not on a hand held phone that has access to the internet ? What i am worried mostly about is the use of social media for under 15. Most believe what they see on it and what to have the same thing and can become depressed just by comparing "Fake Lifes". Is it really necessary ? Under 15 can be a bit too young to under appreciate what they actually have and start to behave like celebrities that are portrayed on social media.If a child under 15 is allowed a smartphone, are they allowed to have social media such as instagram, snapchat, facebook and twitter ? Are they allowed to have access to mobile internet Or is it just Wi-Fi mode only ?


Oh I agree and I wouldn't want them becoming little selfie-obsessed attention-seekers... I was thinking about those who say that the kids want to stay in contact with their friends. Most do through chat apps rather than texts these days.
Rather than spending hundreds on an iPhone, I'd get an Android that's not the latest Samsung Galaxy but something cheap.

As for my own kids (if I had any), no smartphone until they're independent!


I got the Internet in 2008 only because my dad wouldn't pay for it! I survived just fine. I was like 22 when I was able to pay for it with a job. I also had no phone until 2010 as I didn't need one before then.
Edited by: "hearts22" 3rd Nov 2017
hearts2219 m ago

Oh I agree and I wouldn't want them becoming little selfie-obsessed …Oh I agree and I wouldn't want them becoming little selfie-obsessed attention-seekers... I was thinking about those who say that the kids want to stay in contact with their friends. Most do through chat apps rather than texts these days. Rather than spending hundreds on an iPhone, I'd get an Android that's not the latest Samsung Galaxy but something cheap.As for my own kids (if I had any), no smartphone until they're independent!I got the Internet in 2008 only because my dad wouldn't pay for it! I survived just fine. I was like 22 when I was able to pay for it with a job. I also had no phone until 2010 as I didn't need one before then.


True I dont really use my texts anymore although I have unlimited texts Most children are not on contract so they usually get a sim card which has more than enough for texts for the month.

I have 2 cousins (13 & 15) they both don't have a phone and they are completely fine with it (although the 15 years old one is starting to ask for one and she doesn't one an Iphone 4/5 because its too old and slow.... )They keep in contact with their friends either via school email or they use their parents phone to chat to friends that have a phone. But again they spend the whole 5 days with their friends (6/7 hours).They only really need to talk to them during the weekend.

They need to concentrate on school and achieve their full potential and not really worry about everything else...
They don't have a phone because my aunt doesn't want them to be on social media before they turn 16 at least.
She knows that even if she gives them a smartphone and they will go on social media and post things. So it a no for now.

Same I got the internet around 2007/2008 for a school project I needed to do.:)
I got a smartphone only at the age of 17 and that was the Samsung Galaxy Y while everyone else was on blackberry.
I paid for my first used phone all by myself (Samsung S2) at the age of 18 .

I guess that made me want to work and do my best during school to afford what I wanted and to relying less on my parents who have always done their best and provided everything for us.
There was a discussion on this on LBC radio yesterday, the balance of opinion seemed to be to delay having a smartphone as long as possible, then having strict limits (negotiated between the child and parent) on usage time. I think this is fighting a rearguard action as the Smartphone seems to push all the 'happiness' buttons in our minds, so addiction becomes a real possibility.
I was lucky, we only had the internet to contend with and that got disconnected at 10pm. Trickier to do with 4g connectivity.
Faz1018 m ago

True I dont really use my texts anymore although I have unlimited texts True I dont really use my texts anymore although I have unlimited texts Most children are not on contract so they usually get a sim card which has more than enough for texts for the month.I have 2 cousins (13 & 15) they both don't have a phone and they are completely fine with it (although the 15 years old one is starting to ask for one and she doesn't one an Iphone 4/5 because its too old and slow.... )They keep in contact with their friends either via school email or they use their parents phone to chat to friends that have a phone. But again they spend the whole 5 days with their friends (6/7 hours).They only really need to talk to them during the weekend.They need to concentrate on school and achieve their full potential and not really worry about everything else... They don't have a phone because my aunt doesn't want them to be on social media before they turn 16 at least.She knows that even if she gives them a smartphone and they will go on social media and post things. So it a no for now.Same I got the internet around 2007/2008 for a school project I needed to do.:) I got a smartphone only at the age of 17 and that was the Samsung Galaxy Y while everyone else was on blackberry.I paid for my first used phone all by myself (Samsung S2) at the age of 18 . I guess that made me want to work and do my best during school to afford what I wanted and to relying less on my parents who have always done their best and provided everything for us.



firstly just because they get a phone doesn't mean they wont concentrate on their schooling that's quite a ridiculous thing to say. Many kids before they even get to 10 have phones now sadly, kids in primary have the latest phones, its quite unbelievable. We gave ours their as they went into senior school, to keep track of them and make them more comfortable as they started to use public transport and move out of their comfort zone. Son got his the summer before so we could call him in the summer holidays when he went to pay at his friends.

Social media is a big thing, but we don't do facebook ourselves and have went through the likes of snapchat and instagram discussions with ours and only allowed them to have it once they reached 15, youngest has asked but its the same answer as we gave our eldest.

Now I am not your age group, I grew up when there was just landlines and we didn't even have a phone in the house in my teenage years and I got my first phone at 30 so everyone will be different, we don't allow ours social media until they reach the age that the site allows them but others who have known nothing else will allow their kids well before that. Do draw the line though no facebook in our house. and the like of instagram is only for the messenging service.
airbus33016 m ago

There was a discussion on this on LBC radio yesterday, the balance of …There was a discussion on this on LBC radio yesterday, the balance of opinion seemed to be to delay having a smartphone as long as possible, then having strict limits (negotiated between the child and parent) on usage time. I think this is fighting a rearguard action as the Smartphone seems to push all the 'happiness' buttons in our minds, so addiction becomes a real possibility.I was lucky, we only had the internet to contend with and that got disconnected at 10pm. Trickier to do with 4g connectivity.


I agree with that. If I had kids right now I would delay it as long as possible. If they get a phone during secondary school I would set a limit and they would need to give me their smartphone at bed time and No access to the internet after that time aswell (10/11pm). With only Friday night, Saturday night and holidays being an exception.

Once they start 6th form/college and work then they can do whatever as after 16 years old I think they are responsible enough to know the rights and wrongs and control their life. They should also be able to pay their monthly allowance once they start doing their part time job.
So getting their first smartphone on their 16th will be a big step.
At 18, If they want the latest phone and are willing to be on contract it would be their own decision and hopefully they would have saved enough.Thats how I see it if I had kids today might change in 10 years though.
I hope kids wont get hand held devices by the age of 5.
eslick23 m ago

firstly just because they get a phone doesn't mean they wont concentrate …firstly just because they get a phone doesn't mean they wont concentrate on their schooling that's quite a ridiculous thing to say. Many kids before they even get to 10 have phones now sadly, kids in primary have the latest phones, its quite unbelievable. We gave ours their as they went into senior school, to keep track of them and make them more comfortable as they started to use public transport and move out of their comfort zone. Son got his the summer before so we could call him in the summer holidays when he went to pay at his friends. Social media is a big thing, but we don't do facebook ourselves and have went through the likes of snapchat and instagram discussions with ours and only allowed them to have it once they reached 15, youngest has asked but its the same answer as we gave our eldest.Now I am not your age group, I grew up when there was just landlines and we didn't even have a phone in the house in my teenage years and I got my first phone at 30 so everyone will be different, we don't allow ours social media until they reach the age that the site allows them but others who have known nothing else will allow their kids well before that. Do draw the line though no facebook in our house. and the like of instagram is only for the messenging service.


During my time in High school/College, everyone one had a smartphone (Blackberry/Iphone 4/5 were really popular) The wifi in school was only for staff member I believe so students that had mobile data could use the internet during class discreetly and they would be on social media (FB and Insta ) or watch youtube videos (Until the teacher caught them).
This is what I mean by distraction.

I am talking as I experienced it myself. I think it also depends on the child, their friends ,the school, the teacher and the parents.

At 6th form, there was wifi so it was easier to get connected to the internet for everyone and depending on the teacher it would be easier to use your phone and not concentrating on what the teacher used to say (Although at 6th form everyone that attends the class are they to actually learn not like secondary school)

This is what I mean by distraction for under 15. Im sure your kids are doing fine but maybe have games on their phone and play on it if the lesson gets boring or just not interesting.

I think children shouldn't be on any social media until they are 15 however, I am pretty sure most children in Secondary school now has got an social media account on one of the networks (FB, insta, Snap...)

Do they really need to have the latest phone ? Can't they actually work for it, save it and buy it themselves ?

Also do your kids have mobile data or do you only allow wifi ?
Do they have a limit on the usage ?
Can they use it at night time ?
30 mins old.

Explain to them how to use it. If they can't remember after that, it's too bad
Faz1026 m ago

During my time in High school/College, everyone one had a smartphone …During my time in High school/College, everyone one had a smartphone (Blackberry/Iphone 4/5 were really popular) The wifi in school was only for staff member I believe so students that had mobile data could use the internet during class discreetly and they would be on social media (FB and Insta ) or watch youtube videos (Until the teacher caught them).This is what I mean by distraction. I am talking as I experienced it myself. I think it also depends on the child, their friends ,the school, the teacher and the parents.At 6th form, there was wifi so it was easier to get connected to the internet for everyone and depending on the teacher it would be easier to use your phone and not concentrating on what the teacher used to say (Although at 6th form everyone that attends the class are they to actually learn not like secondary school) This is what I mean by distraction for under 15. Im sure your kids are doing fine but maybe have games on their phone and play on it if the lesson gets boring or just not interesting. I think children shouldn't be on any social media until they are 15 however, I am pretty sure most children in Secondary school now has got an social media account on one of the networks (FB, insta, Snap...) Do they really need to have the latest phone ? Can't they actually work for it, save it and buy it themselves ? Also do your kids have mobile data or do you only allow wifi ? Do they have a limit on the usage ? Can they use it at night time ?



you are totally right its depends on the kids youngest has 12 hardly on his but 15 on it more into it, school has wifi but students cant use it and it annoys me slightly as the kids need to use data and google classroom for much of their lessons and can do their home work in school on them. daughter uses 3 or 4GB of data a month, they don't need the latest phones but its like anything peer pressure. We got ours SE recently but only paid £120 for them and sold one 5S for £130 and 4 and 4S, but daughter had to explain to one of her friends last year, twins when her parents bought them both contracts for the 7 and they couldn't understand how much it costs its like anything teach them well and you wont have issues.
eslick20 m ago

you are totally right its depends on the kids youngest has 12 hardly on …you are totally right its depends on the kids youngest has 12 hardly on his but 15 on it more into it, school has wifi but students cant use it and it annoys me slightly as the kids need to use data and google classroom for much of their lessons and can do their home work in school on them. daughter uses 3 or 4GB of data a month, they don't need the latest phones but its like anything peer pressure. We got ours SE recently but only paid £120 for them and sold one 5S for £130 and 4 and 4S, but daughter had to explain to one of her friends last year, twins when her parents bought them both contracts for the 7 and they couldn't understand how much it costs its like anything teach them well and you wont have issues.


Secondary school there will be a lot of peer pressure however if the child knows and has been though the right things they will accept it and work hard in the future. Young people start to smoke mostly because of peer pressure however if they have they right friends and have been thought well they wont do it.
Most children can actually google the cost of a phone and see how much money it is. It is just the job of the parent to teach/explain to them why they wont get it for their children.

I personally don't think its healthy to actually give the latest smartphone to a child. They need to be thought that they need to work hard to have what they want not get handed on a plate just like that even if the parents can afford it.
That's for an other discussion really.

As you said your 12 years old one doesn't seem too bother about it compared to your 15 years old one.
This is why I think at 15/16 it is alright to have a smartphone (Not the latest one unless you can afford it).

My concern is for under 15 as I said before with social media as well as the time limit they should be able to use it.
Does a primary school really need a phone at all ? They need to be picked up by a parent/guardian until they get to year 4 ? If they need a phone just to for the walk from home to school/ school to home a basic phone will do. Also less problems about it getting stolen or lost.
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As soon as they can afford to pay the bill.
I just want to show my appreciation to those above who, in the majority, seem to be responsible, caring parents (or have the potential to be )

I just wish there were more of you

Lots of respect to you all
Why would a child of 10 need a mobile phone, but not a smartphone?

I would argue the case if they are able to go to/from school by themself, go out to friends house(s) alone and they need a phone for emergency situations, they are capable/mature enough to be allowed a smartphone.


My eldest, now 17, got his first phone at around 11/12 yrs, we got him a second hand iPhone4, once he proved he could look after it he got it upgraded on his next birthday/christmas (not sure exactly), normally gets a new one every other year, and is now on an iPhone7.

My youngest, now 10, has his brothers old iPhone5, same scenario, prove you can look after it, not use it in school etc and we will look to upgrade.

They are invaluable in todays society IMO, teachers allow there use at certain times, this actually helps the teacher/school, as there school owned computers/iPads are limited, so when pupils use there own smartphone when allowed it means all pupils will have access, they use the schools WiFi, and certain projects are geared around using smartphones/google/social media etc.

Teachers especially recognise that a smartphones/iPad etc are powerful tools and when most have access to them then it would be folly to not utilise them.
Some homework assignments specifically need a smartphone/iPad to complete (the school loans out iPads if any pupils should need it).


Whilst I would love my child to go out and play in the 'real world' its not the same world it was 30 years ago when I was 10, to be able to search FindmyiPhone and see within 30 seconds or so where my son is is very important to me in this day and age.
Aside from actual voice calls/messaging, add in the ability to make photos of a decent standard and facetime, in the case of an emergency these tools are valuable indeed.

Every parent will know when there own child is mature enough to look after a smartphone, when there as young as 10 though its important to factor in there safety, the latest iPhone in the hands of a 10 yr old would be a temptation to a 14/15 yr old and could put them in harms way.
They need to be aware not to use it walking around etc, aside from the above, near roads is a particular danger, again parents will know when there old enough.

My youngest phone is kept in sitting room overnight, on charge, thats where its goes when its bedtime, no ifs or buts, that way no temptation during the night.


To echo what an earlier poster said, its a powerful, powerful ally when it comes to discipline, first warning when he misbehaves is to turn off access to the internet, which removes his access to games/facetime/iPlayer etc, then next would be removal of the phone altogether.

Its never got past that first stage yet.
Edited by: "andynicol" 3rd Nov 2017
Push as long as you can. Mine are 10 and 11 year old boys and its been 2/3 years they claim every single child has one in class. Yes they do but we have ipad, laptop and smart tv. I think thats enough. I do let them go on my mobile however.
I wouldn't give a child an expensive phone as it's just asking for trouble. Either taken off them or doesn't really teach them responsibility giving them a £600+ phone. (Trust me seen kids with iPhones 7 with broken screens).

I would say a cheaper device at a fairly young age (10+), as technology is the way forward so teaching them how to accept it can help with carer choices, or keep them in the loop.

But then there's the other end of the scale. Technology is also becoming dangerous and very intrusive that's it's starting to make me worry with all the apps that are now broadcasting your GPS as a new feature...

Last thing I want is my own kids unwillingly sharing their location on snap chat or what ever is the next big thing for strangers to take advantage off it.
i don't have children but if i did, i would give the kid a smart phone as soon as he or she understands how phone works. i would get a contract with a cap so the kid won't be racking up thousands of pounds in bills!
If you look at the t&c of many social media websites, it will state a child has to be at least 13 years old to have their own account. So there's that.

But I don't think the distraction argument holds any water. Isn't it better they learn to manage their concentration and time earlier rather than later? It's something they will have to deal with all the time in normal life.
MSK.3 h, 7 m ago

If you look at the t&c of many social media websites, it will state a …If you look at the t&c of many social media websites, it will state a child has to be at least 13 years old to have their own account. So there's that.But I don't think the distraction argument holds any water. Isn't it better they learn to manage their concentration and time earlier rather than later? It's something they will have to deal with all the time in normal life.


Sadly to few parents consider the t&c they simply sign up to the sites and let them have access the sites though say they care but don’t police it. Many parents think it’s simply ok and I suspect don’t appreciate the things that are out there or what could happen to the child or at least they put the blinkers on over it.

Companies should take more responsibility Recently even minecraft which most would consider a kids gamechanged their system and said that it was up to parents to ensure the game was set up so you know who your kids are playing with. rather than making it something you needed to switch on they expect parents to do the policing which is all well and good if parents would do it and if it’s easy to do but that’s not the Minecraft way.
andynicol5 h, 57 m ago

Why would a child of 10 need a mobile phone, but not a smartphone?I would …Why would a child of 10 need a mobile phone, but not a smartphone?I would argue the case if they are able to go to/from school by themself, go out to friends house(s) alone and they need a phone for emergency situations, they are capable/mature enough to be allowed a smartphone.My eldest, now 17, got his first phone at around 11/12 yrs, we got him a second hand iPhone4, once he proved he could look after it he got it upgraded on his next birthday/christmas (not sure exactly), normally gets a new one every other year, and is now on an iPhone7.My youngest, now 10, has his brothers old iPhone5, same scenario, prove you can look after it, not use it in school etc and we will look to upgrade.They are invaluable in todays society IMO, teachers allow there use at certain times, this actually helps the teacher/school, as there school owned computers/iPads are limited, so when pupils use there own smartphone when allowed it means all pupils will have access, they use the schools WiFi, and certain projects are geared around using smartphones/google/social media etc.Teachers especially recognise that a smartphones/iPad etc are powerful tools and when most have access to them then it would be folly to not utilise them.Some homework assignments specifically need a smartphone/iPad to complete (the school loans out iPads if any pupils should need it).Whilst I would love my child to go out and play in the 'real world' its not the same world it was 30 years ago when I was 10, to be able to search FindmyiPhone and see within 30 seconds or so where my son is is very important to me in this day and age.Aside from actual voice calls/messaging, add in the ability to make photos of a decent standard and facetime, in the case of an emergency these tools are valuable indeed.Every parent will know when there own child is mature enough to look after a smartphone, when there as young as 10 though its important to factor in there safety, the latest iPhone in the hands of a 10 yr old would be a temptation to a 14/15 yr old and could put them in harms way.They need to be aware not to use it walking around etc, aside from the above, near roads is a particular danger, again parents will know when there old enough.My youngest phone is kept in sitting room overnight, on charge, thats where its goes when its bedtime, no ifs or buts, that way no temptation during the night.To echo what an earlier poster said, its a powerful, powerful ally when it comes to discipline, first warning when he misbehaves is to turn off access to the internet, which removes his access to games/facetime/iPlayer etc, then next would be removal of the phone altogether.Its never got past that first stage yet.


I can see your points.
I guess your sons got their phone when they started Secondary School. They didn't/wont be getting the latest phone until they proved/prove they can look after it.
Your eldest had a year to prove that and then the following year got the latest phone on contract ? Is it really worth getting the latest phone though ? Why not get an Android phone (Cheaper) ?

At what age will you stop paying your sons mobile bills ?

Why not get a sim free phone and get a cheap sim and wait until it breaks (Max 2.5/3yrs) and then get a new one ?
Besides all the iffy things they can find surfing the net I find the biggest problem is the hours and hours they spend on YouTube looking at stupid videos of people doing stupid things - on a 5inch screen.
i would delay as long as you can, I am sure you have other options keeping in touch while your child is away...
Faz1010 h, 53 m ago

I can see your points.I guess your sons got their phone when they started …I can see your points.I guess your sons got their phone when they started Secondary School. They didn't/wont be getting the latest phone until they proved/prove they can look after it.Your eldest had a year to prove that and then the following year got the latest phone on contract ? Is it really worth getting the latest phone though ? Why not get an Android phone (Cheaper) ?At what age will you stop paying your sons mobile bills ?Why not get a sim free phone and get a cheap sim and wait until it breaks (Max 2.5/3yrs) and then get a new one ?



No contract handsets in my household, always sim free, this allows for flexibility when it comes to choosing a sim deal.

I've probably been lucky in that I've bought a couple of handsets from either friends who have upgraded or from local sellers, Facebook/Gumtree, my eldest and my partner are the only 2 in the household who have brand new handsets, mines and my youngest are secondhand, if your patient and are willing to put the time in searching VGC handsets are out there, especially just after a new handset launch, i.e. Ive seen the following for sale locally in past few weeks, iPhone6 £150, iPhone6s £200, iPhone7 for £350, all unlocked and pristine condition.

Doesnt have to be the latest release for me/us, as long as its in VG/pristine condition.

Android> <iPhone, unfortunately its difficult to change a kid (or anyone probably) on this, the game,music and app collection they've built up on IOS is hard to change to Android, my eldest' first iPhone 4 was around £100 if I recall, the 'in' thing at the time with the kids was either iPhone or Blackberry, peer pressure does come into play.

One thing to remember, all well and good saving money on a cheaper, albeit equivalent spec wise, Android over an iPhone, BUT if the child doesn't like it and/or there friends don't have similar then they will likely not use it, so that saving you've made is for nothing.

I think as parents we'd all love our kids to be rocking a MotoG, saving us all a fortune, sadly this isn't the case though.
andynicol1 h, 21 m ago

No contract handsets in my household, always sim free, this allows for …No contract handsets in my household, always sim free, this allows for flexibility when it comes to choosing a sim deal.I've probably been lucky in that I've bought a couple of handsets from either friends who have upgraded or from local sellers, Facebook/Gumtree, my eldest and my partner are the only 2 in the household who have brand new handsets, mines and my youngest are secondhand, if your patient and are willing to put the time in searching VGC handsets are out there, especially just after a new handset launch, i.e. Ive seen the following for sale locally in past few weeks, iPhone6 £150, iPhone6s £200, iPhone7 for £350, all unlocked and pristine condition.Doesnt have to be the latest release for me/us, as long as its in VG/pristine condition.Android> <iPhone, unfortunately its difficult to change a kid (or anyone probably) on this, the game,music and app collection they've built up on IOS is hard to change to Android, my eldest' first iPhone 4 was around £100 if I recall, the 'in' thing at the time with the kids was either iPhone or Blackberry, peer pressure does come into play.One thing to remember, all well and good saving money on a cheaper, albeit equivalent spec wise, Android over an iPhone, BUT if the child doesn't like it and/or there friends don't have similar then they will likely not use it, so that saving you've made is for nothing.I think as parents we'd all love our kids to be rocking a MotoG, saving us all a fortune, sadly this isn't the case though.


Completely understand.
Were you not too worried about social media when you children were under 15 ?
The danger of cyberbullying ?
Predators online ?
Has with hand held devices its easier for all this too happen and affect the child.
My ten year old has had one a few years but only just started to use it as a phone really. When she goes to her friends or if they are playing out we can ring or text her. It’s only topped up every 3 months or so because it’s more about us getting in touch with her. She can use messenger and iMessage with her friends when she’s got WiFi.
12, just before they start comp. No need for one in junior school.
Faz1023 h, 42 m ago

Ok so it helps to keep in touch and with education. Thats the positive. By …Ok so it helps to keep in touch and with education. Thats the positive. By keeping in touch do you mean like Video calling/Face timing? Do she have access to internet outside (mobile data) ? Or is it only with Wi-Fi? Are you not worried that she might get distracted during school ? Can she use it during the night ? After bed time? Do you have like a time limit?If no, are you not worried about her not having enough sleep and affecting her eyes also are you not worried of what she could be exposed to as she is just a child?

She doesn't take her phone to school... its basically for keeping in touch when she is at her dad's or friends... the education thing is more with the apps that help her with language and maths etc...dunno why I put that tbh but she does use it to assist her homework.

Also the mobile data is always off, she has WiFi allowed at ours and her dad's. We are quite strict but we do live in a not so great neighbourhood

The phone is set on our bedside table at her bedtime, no phone in bed as she watched 30 mins of now TV (kids) until 8pm then all off.

She doesn't even use it much to be honest... she has temple run and youtube kids for the rather boring or ott blind bag opening videos
Edited by: "Snakeyes646" 4th Nov 2017
My daughter has a 5c she’s 7
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