On Average, Children Get Mobile Phones at Age 8

According to a recent study by the charity Personal Finance Education Group, the average child gets a mobile phone when they're 8-years-old.

To look at the stat differently, 35% of 8-year-olds have a mobile phone (obviously this stat is not applicable to the entire world, as we see in this heartbreakingly adorable shot).

So is this finding crazy?

I don't know. I'm not a parent with an 8-year-old, so I don't see what's the norm at grade schools. But with the falling price of mobile phones/plans (especially if you add a line for emergencies only), it seems like a no-brainer. The peace of mind I'd get knowing that my child can call 911 from anywhere in the world would far outweigh a couple extra bucks a month to toss them some minutes. But what do you think? [Telegraph]

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