When Should Your Child Get a Phone? | Advice From a Doctor

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What’s the right age for your child to get a cell phone? In this video, Dr. Katherine Rivera of St. Louis Children’s Hospital discusses some of the factors to consider when answering this question for your child. There’s no set rule when it comes to the best age. The answer may vary from family to family, and even child to child. But there are some important factors to weigh when deciding whether to get your child a cell phone. Learn how to make this decision, plus other tips for parents on children’s cell phone use.

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