“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 VoucherCloud.net, 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.