Deciding when to give your child a mobile phone

As a human being I understand the importance of communication and keeping in contact but as a parent, I feel very strongly about the topic and, in my opinion, I believe children should not have their own mobile phone until they’re at least 12 or 13 years old.

Technology is taking its toll in all aspects of life and we understand that time has changed, technology has changed and children often use iPads before they can even learn to walk and talk. But there has to be a reason behind everything and there is no reason that a child under the age of 12 or 13 needs a mobile phone.
The reasons i think why are given below

Not having a cell phone is not the end of the world; my opinion as a parent that kids is not supposed to be on social media so there goes that argument. Moreover, why would someone under that age need to be posted on social media and opening themselves up to another avenue of bullying? We are supposed to protect our children, not expose them.

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I believe once a child begins to grown-up and can be given a little bit of freedom and independence to, let’s say, they visit a mall with friends or go to the nearby park without their parents, then I think it’s fair play to give them a mobile phone message or call mum or dad if need be. But before that? Forget it!

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I seriously understand the importance, but what I really want my kids to enjoy their childhood without the need of a mobile phone so that they can leave it up to its fullest I also understand that there will be pressure from friends, For now, they can play with their toys, read their books and just enjoy being kids and having fun.

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