When Is It Okay for Kids to Own a Smartphone?

October 19, 2020

There’s no “magical age” that your tween is ready to own a smartphone, but these signs can help you know when the time is right.

The Dangers of Smartphones in Tweens and Teens


Inappropriate content

Screen time dependency and addiction

The Benefits of a Smartphone

Indications Your Tween or Teen is Ready for a Smartphone

  • Enable search engine tools like SafeSearch and Restricted Search
  • Block certain apps to prevent your kids from using them altogether
  • Set time limits for particular apps or sites
  • Block online video games
  • Filter web browsers for inappropriate content