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“A sur­vey by a lead­ing coupon brand has re­vealed that the av­er­age age of a first time cell phone owner is six years old.” So says a sur­vey of al­most 2,300 par­ents from Voucher­, an on­line dis­count coupon de­pot. Three-fourths of the re­spon­dents were con­cerned about such early “dig­i­tal in­de­pen­dence,” how­ever. A third of the par­ents cited “se­cu­rity rea­sons” as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion to sup­ply a phone to a first-grader, a quar­ter wanted their off­spring to “keep in touch” and 20 per­cent bought the phone so their child could “keep up with their friends at school,” the sur­vey found.

“Hav­ing a turn-off time for fam­ily bond­ing is a good idea,” coun­sels Matthew Wood, a spokesman for the com­pany. He also sug­gests a good cell­phone in­sur­ance pol­icy.

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