5 questions to ask before giving your kid their first phone:
Do they obey screen time rules for TV/video games?
If your kid consistently follows rules for existing screens, they may be mature enough to demonstrate the self-control required for a phone.
Are they frequently losing or misplacing things?
Phones are expensive! If your kid can’t seem to quite keep up with their Nintendo Switch or iPad (which are big by comparison!), a phone may fall through the cracks.
Do they keep up with their schoolwork?
Studying comes first when it comes to a kid’s priorities, and phones can represent a huge distraction. Make sure your kid is ready to balance homework and screen time.
Can they understand what a serious responsibility it is?
Getting a phone isn’t like getting another tablet. A phone has the power to communicate, look up information, and so much more. It’s not a toy — it’s a tool.
Have you talked to them about online dangers?
If you haven’t had the chat about online predators, bullying, or porn, you may want to hold off on a phone until you’ve had the chance to educate your kid about what they may run into.
The Bark Phone: The best first phone for kids — period
Our powerful parental controls come built in to the Bark Phone, allowing you to customize nearly everything on it to help protect your kids. Control who they talk to, what apps they can download, and so much more.
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We have this and are very grateful for it. It’s alerted us to bullying that was taking place in a group chat. It has alerted us as well to topics my son searched on YouTube. Topics that we felt should be discussed as a family. I’ve never paid for an app before, but this one is definitely worth it.
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Try our first phone quiz!
Need a little more help deciding if your kiddo is ready for their first phone? We’ve created a quiz with questions to guide your decision.