At what age should kids get cell phones?

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By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist
By Chloe Nordquist By Chloe Nordquist

Recent studies show that 60 percent of kids have cell phones by the time they are in junior high.

Nelson and Kim Lapham gave their 10-year-old daughter Kalee their old phone with no service as a trial to see if she could handle it.

The Laphams put rules in place for how their kids use cell phones, such as when they can play games on their devices.

"We really do have to examine why we think our children need these devices," Brad Snyder, ASU researcher and Child Psychologist, said.

Snyder said parents should take it a step further by writing the rules down and putting them up somewhere.

"The real question is are you, as the caregiver of your child, ready for him to have one. If you're a parent and you can't completely guarantee you can monitor and control what your child is doing on the mobile phone, your child shouldn't have a mobile telephone," Snyder said.