Children should be allowed a smartphone by the age of 13, but should not be able to own a debit card until they are 16, a new survey has revealed.
Data collected by YouGov shows that nearly half of Brits think a child should be allowed a smartphone by the age of 13 and a ‘brick phone’ with limited capabilities at the earlier age of 11.
For parents with children aged 17, the age they think they should own a smartphone is 12 with 52 percent believing it was the right age to introduce a smartphone.
However, the majority of people – 65 percent – believe children should be made to wait until they are 16 to own a debit card and be able to control their finances.
Again, parents with 17-year-olds agreed that a year younger was appropriate and 15 would be the correct age for them to own a debit card.
While 65 percent of people think children should be 16 for a debit card, 48 percent think 14 is an acceptable age for boys and girls to wear makeup.
The percentage changes with the gender of the person surveyed with 68 percent of men thinking they should wait until they are 16.
YouGov has created a list of the milestones the Brits surveyed believe children should get to:
Own a ‘brick phone’ – 11 years old
Ride public transport alone – 12 years old
Own a smartphone – 13 years old
Wear makeup – 14 years old
Stay out after dark – 15 years old
Have their own debit card – 16 years old