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Bill Gates Details The 'Safest' Age To Give A Kid A Cellphone

American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian Bill Gates has detailed when is it safe to give a kid a cellphone.

In an interview with the Mirrow as observed by, the technological mogul explained that his kids were not allowed to have their own cellphone until the age of 14.

“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.

Bill Gates Details The 'Safest' Age To Give A Kid A Cellphone
Bill Gates

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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