Your child shouldn't have a smartphone until they're in high school, recommends author and Common Sense Media founder James P. Steyer. Learn the risks-from compulsive texting to cheating on tests-and Steyer's tips about when kids are truly ready for a smartphone. From Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age.
Teens are under huge pressure to have smartphones with unlimited texting and data plans. Most of their friends probably do, and texting is the only way many of them seem to communicate. Actually talking on the phone is so old school. Thirteen-to seventeen-year-olds text more than any other age group. And kids text everywhere-at school, in the mall, on the bus, at home, and in bed when they're supposed to be sleeping. According to a 2010 study, nearly half of all teens who take their phones to school send a text while they're in class at least once a day.
Texting can be both impulsive and compulsive. It's easy for kids to loseRead More »from Should You Get Your Child a Smartphone?