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2/19/2019

When should kids get a smartphone?

8%
In elementary school

4

92%
In middle school WINNER

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8%
In elementary school

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judith corey
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judith corey

we gave the grandson one very early...and used the parental controls to the full extent

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Carolyn Morris
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Carolyn Morris

The sooner, the better

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Kylie Schmuecker
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Kylie Schmuecker

It depends on their transportation and maturity

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Barry Rashford
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Barry Rashford

it depends on how mature they are

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92%
In middle school

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Carolyn Hess Hammons
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Carolyn Hess Hammons

I Just Think Kids In Elementary School Are A Bit Too Young For A Smart Phone A Number Of Reasons

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Anne Wells
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Anne Wells

Because it was the lesser of the two evils. I don't think that children need phones while at school at all. Let them buy their first phone when they start working.

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Carol L. Gonzalez
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Carol L. Gonzalez

They are at an age when hopefully they can be responsible enough-but if they receive an allowance or money gifts some of that should go towards the phone bill and parental access allowed

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Kay Wilson Seiler
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Kay Wilson Seiler

When there is a NEED, not just a want.

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Katie Wehmann
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Katie Wehmann

Heck I say wait for High school until then I should know where they are anyways.

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Kim Wyatt
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Kim Wyatt

I know my kids were not responsible enough till middle school. But my husband and I felt better knowing they could call us if they needed too. We did not use GPS tracking apps. But we did require they repobd to texts/calls right away

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Kim Wyatt
Kim Wyatt

To clairify, the eldest got a flip phone when he started high school. The younger when he started middle school. He was tiny and dealt bullies. They had cheap pay as you go phones in case of whatever

Kristi Guentzel Gauthier
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Kristi Guentzel Gauthier

They really shouldn't get them until they can pay for them but that wasn't an option

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Mykal White
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Mykal White

Flip phone until they are 18.

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Lᵉᵃʰ Sⁱᵐᵖˢᵒⁿ

I think many middle school students are too young and immature to handle the constant access that smartphones allow, however, if they are often away from parents (school, after school activities, and social time with friends) they need the ability to get in touch with a caregiver.

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Carole Strunk
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Carole Strunk

I have heard of parents getting smart phones for their 7 year olds. I understand the reasons for having a phone, but why a smart phone. Why not an old school phone that can be used just for the purpose of picking kids up from school, etc. Not a good idea. If I could say high school I would.

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Jason Bertalotto
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Jason Bertalotto

Older and wiser are the ones who should use the phone

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Tami Hanna Doiron
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Tami Hanna Doiron

Preferably, NEVER! If my kids want one, they work, they buy their own and pay their own phone bill. Makes them more responsible in the end!

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Greg Stewart
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Greg Stewart

When they can pay for them. Lazy kids.

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soccerdog11
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soccerdog11

Becuase kids in elementary school are way to young and middle school is the time where kids go out with they’re friends so you need a method of communication.

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Julie Brantley
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Julie Brantley

I would say High School IF my children were still in the home. Why keep their brains so occupied - let them be young + carefree!

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Darlene Fuller Wolfe
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Darlene Fuller Wolfe

No reason even a middler schooler needs a smartphone. I'm an adult and I barely need one.

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Patty Ann Robertson Harris
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Patty Ann Robertson Harris

Small children getting hooked on their smartphone is not a good idea. Let them be children who interact with their peers in an active way outdoors.

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Robert J. Van Zile
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Robert J. Van Zile

there are many afterschool activities that require parent pick up and I would want to make sure I am there to pick up my child if practice is cancelled or ends early so she is not waiting for me.

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Courtney Haller
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Courtney Haller

I think Jr High even! Not middle school

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Jokie X Wilson
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Jokie X Wilson

By middle school, kids are developing a sense of independence that parents can nurture. Prior to that, I just don't see how that would be helpful. All young kids need is a phone for emergencies.

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