Is Your Child Ready for a Smartphone?

We often get asked this question by parents and smartphones can often be a source of tension and family conflict. However, we realize this day and age there are also lots of pros. This article outlines such pros/cons as well as detailing where to begin. Be Prepared! Be Clear with Rules and Restrictions! And Stay Engaged!

Free Spirit Publishing Blog

By Eric Braun, coauthor ofThe Survival Guide for Money Smarts: Earn, Save, Spend, Give

Is Your Child Ready for a Smartphone?Probably the one thing I wanted more than anything else as a kid was the Millennium Falcon. That toy, a Star Wars spaceship the size of my torso, was the coolest thing I could imagine. To this day, I can’t think of anything I’ve ever coveted as badly as I did Han Solo’s “fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.”

Today, of course, our kids want smartphones—more than toys, more than bikes, more than anything. And while I’m sure my parents had some consternation over whether to buy me the toy I wanted, I’m also sure that the decision whether—and when—to get my kids their first smartphones was way harder. The Falcon was expensive, sure, and like the ever-present screens of today, it did threaten to keep me indoors instead of playing outside. But…

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