Before you give your child a phone...

... Go through this checklist to gauge if he or she is ready to own the device

Besides agreeing on a phone use contract, both parent and child should also discuss issues such as cyber bullying.
Besides agreeing on a phone use contract, both parent and child should also discuss issues such as cyber bullying.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

As 2020 winds down, some parents may be thinking of getting their child a smartphone next year.

But is your child ready to have his or her own mobile phone?

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2020, with the headline 'Before you give your child a phone...'. Subscribe