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The average age for a child to get his or her first cell phone in the UK is 8.

Is age 8 too young for a child to have a cell phone?
90% Yes 10% No
Yes
They are minors, and should be regarded as such. They should be with their parents or some other guardian at all times.

No
8 is not too young. I added my 7-year-old to my plan. Not that she goes anywhere alone or stays alone ... but she uses it to keep in contact with her 14-year-old half brother. We have rules regarding usage and time limits, but the main thing is that it's available in case of emergency, as we don't have a home phone like many families these days!

Yes
Kids need to be kids. They shouldn't have to worry about the care and feeding of a cell phone. They just need to worry about playing and homework.

Yes
I also see no need for an 8-year-old to have a cell phone. Maybe my kids will get one when they are old enough to drive. (I don't even own one, and have no need for one. Might be handy every once in a great while, but not often enough to justify the cost.)

Yes
Except in extreme extenuating circumstances, 8 is too young for a cell phone.

Yes
An 8-year-old should not have a NEED for a cell phone. In today's times, parental supervision at all times is still required at this age. Just because a child has a cell phone, doesn't mean they are safe without an adult.

Yes
Who do you need to call when you are 8?

Yes
Why would they need one in the first place?

Yes
I think that unless your child is going to be places that you would be unable to reach him/her, which they really shouldn't be doing at 8, there is no need for it. I know things are different from when we grew up, but I just don't see the need.

Yes
Everyone my children play with has one, why can't they?? That's a weekly discussion - my answer - Walkie Talkie's work just fine around the neighborhood. We'll think about it when you are 10 - you have to give them something to look forward to, to work toward. I believe in good old-fashioned goals.