Survey discovers 6-years-old is the average age of kids when they first receive a cell phone

ABC7 Chicago

A new survey discovers most kids receive their first cell phone when they are 6-years-old.

The survey was conducted by and asked 2,290 American parents what kind of everyday technology items they’d purchased for their children, and what age did their child receive the devices.  The results revealed that most children get their first cell phone by the age of six.

Majority of parents, 31%, said they allow their child to have a cell phone for “security reasons, so my child could always contact me.”  The study also found that 25% of parents said their child’s cell phone helps them keep in touch with friends and family. Only 20% said their child’s cell phone helped them “keep up with friends at school.”

“The fact that most six year old kids have cell phones in their pockets while out on their bikes or playing with their friends shows just how much technology is part of our lives at a young age,” Matthew Wood of told 8News affiliate ABC7 Chicago. “It’s not necessarily the bad thing it’s often made out to be; children learn about taking responsibility for things, looking after their possessions and they are much easier to contact if needed, but it’s crucial that they use this technology in a way that doesn’t affect their normal social skills and growth.”

The study showed that cell phones is not the only form of technology in a child’s life.  Parents were asked to name other technology they’ve bought for their kids:

  • 96% have a cell phone
  • 83% have a TV or sound system
  • 75% have a tablet
  • 71% have a handheld gaming console
  • 65% have an eBook reader
  • 51% have an Xbox or Playstation

These form of technologies aren’t cheap either.  Parents surveyed said they’ve spent $462.00 per child making sure they have the latest technologies.


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