According to the clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Osit, author of “Generation Text — Raising Well Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything,” parents should ask themselves the following questions to determine the best age at which to get their kids a cellphone:
• How responsible is your child?
• Does he follow the rules, particularly with other electronics (computer, Internet, video games)?
• How adept is your child at social decision making?
• Is your child easily influenced by peer pressure?