The Average Kid Gets Their First Smartphone at Age 10

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, but nearly six in 10 (59%) parents say they often text their kids to come downstairs for dinner instead of actually talking to them. A survey of 2,000 parents of school-age children found the average kid will receive their first smartphone at 10 years-old.

While tech continues to evolve, some things stay the same, as the average parent says they were 11 years-old when they got their first piece of personal tech, such as a desktop computer or laptop.

Seven in 10 (70%) parents say they trust their kids with tech, even though two-thirds (66%) have put parental controls on all their children’s devices for security.

Six in 10 (62%) also believe tech is beneficial for kids’ social skills. Parents say they decided to give their youngsters a smartphone to use for emergency purposes (55%), to help them gain tech skills for their future work (47%), and because they showed the maturity to own one (46%).