The Sun Asked: “What is an appropriate age for a child to have a cell phone?”

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“It’s kind of a slippery slope. Depends on a situation of the family and their routine. I’d say about 12 years old.” Ryan Tatarian, Sonoma

“I’d say around 12 because you’re walking around with your friends and out more on your own.” Madison Raffaini, Sonoma

“I do think it depends on the circumstances. As soon as the child is going places alone, unsupervised.” Pam Brown, Sonoma

“Ten. All my friends have cell phones. I’m 9 and I have one. I think 9 year-olds should, but usually 10 year-olds do.” Scott Martin, Sonoma

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