"Introducing your child to mobile technology at a young age will provide them with the kind of solid foundation they need to function in the increasing digital world," Dr. Pamela Rutledge, director of the Media Psychology Research Center, told Yahoo! News. But at what age is your child ready for a smartphone?
A recent survey indicates 56 percent of children ages 10 to 13 have a smartphone, and 25 percent of children ages 2 to 5 have one. But it may not always be a good idea to give your child a phone, depending on your child's emotional and physical maturity. Smartphones can take away from the kind of face-to-face interaction children need to develop emotionally, says Dr. Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Sociology of Science. And excessive screen time also can be detrimental.