How to know when to give a child a smartphone, what are the alternatives?

For most parents, figuring out whether to give your child a smartphone can be a challenging task.

With many kids now adept at navigating games on their parents’ phones from infancy, the question of receiving their own can quickly become a matter of when and not if.

Indeed, according to a 2021 study, more than two-fifths (42%) of children now own their own phone by age 10. By age 12, that figure is 71%; by age 14, it’s 91%.

That doesn’t mean you need to relinquish control as a parent, however. In fact, by having the conversation early, both