According to a recent study by the charity Personal Finance Education Group, the average child gets a cellphone 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 cellphones/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]