At 11, children are preparing for secondary school and this is a common milestone for children to be given a mobile phone. If it’s a smart phone all of the precautions parents take are still important but as children progress through their teens they should be given more freedom to self-regulate. As children enter the teenage years they are allowed to access social media sites and they are likely to use their phones more for the internet and texting than making actual phone calls. Given that they may prefer a tablet to a phone and teenagers will enjoy being treated more respectfully and being given more choice in their technology.
If you are thinking of buying a tablet for a child, have a look at our tablet comparison guide for more information on features – such as parental controls and content – that are key when considering a tablet for a child.
As technology improves so do the tech toys available, and there are some great ones out there now that older kids can enjoy. The Sphero SPRK edition is a clever little round robot that children can control with their phone or tablet to drive, programme, play games and much more.
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