Children are getting their first smartphones at an increasingly younger age.
The research firm Influence Central revealed that children are now getting their first smartphones at around 10, a decrease from the average age of 12 in 2012, The New York Times reported.
According to data from Jesse Weinberger's book "The Boogeyman Exists: and He's in Your Child's Back Pocket," it may be better for parents to hold off giving smartphones, and letting their children use computers and tablets without the distractions of games, sexting apps and online bullies and predators, said The New York Times.
Parents can test their children's readiness with standard mobile phones, phones with locked-down contact lists, smartwatches and parental controls, The New York Times reported.
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