American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian Bill Gates has detailed when is it safe to give a kid a cellphone.
“We often set a time after which there is no screen time, and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour,” Bill Gate said.
Gates explained further that children, now 20, 17 and 14, are all above the minimum age requirement to own a phone, but they are still banned from having any Apple products in the house—thanks to Gates’ longtime rivalry with Apple founder Steve Jobs.
While the parenting choice may seem harsh, the Gates may be onto something with delaying childhood smartphone ownership.
According to the 2016 “Kids & Tech: The Evolution of Today’s Digital Natives” report, the average age that a child gets their first smartphone is now 10.3 years.
“I think that age is going to trend even younger, because parents are getting tired of handing their smartphones to their kids,” Stacy DeBroff, chief executive of Influence Central, told The New York Times.
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