It seems kids are asking for a phone at a younger and younger age. And while it is entirely up to you, as their mum, to get them one or not, there are a few things youu might want to ask yourself before you do.


If you can’t decide whether your little one is ready, before you head to the phone shop, answer these questions:


Do they really need it?

Decide if your child actually needs it or if they only want it because their friends have one. Ask yourself if it would put your mind at ease knowing they have one when out or if it would just make you worry more. 


Can they be trusted?

If you think you can trust your little one not to be on their phone when they’re not meant to be or to use it inappropriately, they you know your good to go. However, if you are in any way worried, you should always go with your gut instinct. 


Are they mature enough?

Is your little one mature enough to be able to handle the responsibility that comes with owning a phone? If you know they are just going to be messing on it you might want to wait a little while longer.


Do they understand the dangers of the web?

Nowadays, it’s hard to get a phone that is not connected to the Internet. And while there are ways to turn it off, kids are pretty smart and are sure to figure it out. With this in mind, it is vital your child is aware of online dangers  - particularly social media.


Can you afford it?

Phones are expensive and we don’t just mean the initial purchase. Whether you go for a bill pay or a pay-as-you-go, there is always the risk of your little one running up an expensive bill or wasting credit. You need to know that you can afford the upkeep before you buy it.


If you do decide that you want to give them their own mobile, it is a good idea to set some ground rules first.