When should kids be given smartphones?
Giving children smartphones at a "ripe" age is a hugely debatable topic, but for the most part it depends on both maturity and trust. It's important for you and your child to discuss the "bad parts" of texting, social media, and the internet as a whole. Sheltering your children will not do them any good in the long run, they'll hide things from you in fear of your judgement. If your family is accepting enough to say "If you're going to drink, just do it around family" your child will have nothing to hide, feels that they can both trust their family, and learns to stay responsible.