If you have a smartphone, you’re not alone. A recent study found that more than one-third of all 10-year-olds in the U.S. have their own phones. But not everyone thinks allowing kids to have phones is such a smart idea.
Some experts suggest that parents avoid giving phones to their kids until they turn 14. One concern is that kids will get addicted. Many parents worry that too much screen time will affect kids’ ability to make friends or develop new interests.
But others argue that smartphones can help kids stay connected to friends and family. They also point out that the educational apps on phones can be helpful with schoolwork.
Psychologist Jerry Bubrick says kids need to understand a basic rule.
“It’s about balance,” Bubrick explains. “It’s important to understand that your phone is a part of your life, but it’s not your whole life.”