Samsung officer states he would not offer a smart device to his child till she was 11

Samsung exec says he wouldn't give a smartphone to his daughter until she was 11

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More than two-fifths (42%) of kids have their own phone by age 10.

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A leading officer at South Korean tech giant Samsung stated he did not offer his child her own mobile phone prior to she turned 11 years of ages.

“From my personal perspective, my daughter got a smartphone when she was 11,” James Kitto, vice president head of the MX Division for the U.K. and Ireland, informed the BBC’s “Today” radio programFriday

“I personally wouldn’t have given her one early, but it is a parental decision as to when you should get your child a phone,” he stated.

Plenty of moms and dads are offering their kids phones prior to then, according to a 2021 research study by evaluation website Common Sense Media, which reported more than two-fifths (42%) of kids have their own phone by age 10.

That figure then increases to 71% by age 12 and by 14, it’s 91%.

“Whatever choice you make, and whatever age you make that choice for your child, it is important to ensure that, if they are accessing the internet, they are accessing it in a safe way,” Kitto included.

All cellphone companies have complimentary adult control functions which can restrict the content kids can access through the web on their handsets, however these are not constantly immediately turned on, according to interactions guard dog Ofcom.

Ready for a phone?

Deciding whether a kid is prepared to own a smart device needs to be based upon their own advancement instead of a particular age, according to Megan Morena, a pediatrics teacher at the University ofWisconsin

“The current evidence doesn’t support a specific age at which a smartphone is or is not recommended,” Morena informed CNBC.

“Using a milestone approach is likely a better way to assess a child’s interest and readiness for a phone,” she stated.

— CNBC’s Karen Gilchrist added to this report.