At what age should kids in NJ get their first cell phone?

Think back to when you got your first phone as a kid. Or maybe I should say, your own landline. Finally, having the freedom to have your own phone was such a magical moment growing up.

Of course, some of us may never have had that opportunity and were forced to wait until adulthood. Maybe we had a designated time to call our friends. Or maybe we only used the phone when we needed it?

Either way for you, that may not be the case anymore. Things have certainly changed with the evolution from landlines to cellphones. Parents no longer purchased an extra line for the home where their children had to be present to use it. Now kids have their own phone to take wherever they go.

I still remember my first phone. It was an old rotary phone that my parents no longer used. Being the eldest of my brothers and sisters, I was able to have priority on the line. Granted, it was also used as a dial-up line (who remembers that?), but it was still amazing to have a phone of my own.

close-up of old telephone


Over time, however, that line quickly turned into a shared number for the rest of my siblings, but honestly, it wasn’t a big deal. This scenario seems highly unlikely these days.

Some of you I know may relate to this, while to others it may seem odd because you grew up in the era of cellphone dominance. Either way, having her own bloodline was like another step towards freedom away from her parents.

That said, are kids getting their first phones at a younger age now that cellphones are mainstream? Again, I seem like I’m dated there, but not too long ago cell phones took over as the primary form of communication from landlines (in the grand scheme general of things, that is).

Ciaran Griffin, Getty Images

Ciaran Griffin, Getty Images

I bring this up because my son recently asked me if he could have a cell phone. As he is still six years old, my automatic thought was no. I originally thought he wanted a phone for himself and his twin brother so they could play calling each other. But that’s not what he said when I asked him why he wanted it.

He said it was so he could talk to his friend from school. A very reasonable request, in fact. But it got me thinking even more about when is the right time for my kids to get their first cell phones. And the fact that New Jersey is so unique with its fast-paced lifestyle compared to other states, should our kids have cell phones at a younger age?

For one thing, it’s much safer in an emergency. If something serious happened, they would have the possibility to contact us immediately if we were not with them. It can be anything from being at school or at their friends’ house.



Cell phones can also be tracked which would give us as parents a bit more peace of mind that they are safe and where they should be. Now full disclosure, I wouldn’t follow them as I believe in giving them their personal space from us (I mean, did you want your parents to know where you were at all times?). But if need be, it’s good to know that I could find out where they are if I had to check in and they weren’t responding.

Cell phones can also be configured so that they are limited in what they can do. Content control to prevent them from browsing sites they shouldn’t be or set it up so they can only call or text certain numbers.

In terms of safety, it can help your children find their way back home if they venture out to explore, for example, in the woods. Now obviously I’m talking about older kids in this scenario (maybe twelve or thirteen), but you get the idea.

child on the phone

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And then there’s the fact that we live in New Jersey, where there’s so much more going on than in many other states. So much so that we might feel safer knowing that our children have a way to contact us if there is a problem.

This brings us to the question. When do you think our kids in New Jersey should get their first phone? And thinking about it, when did you get your first phone line?

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