I just read that owning a phone increases anxiety levels. I kind of believe it. If your child needs a phone for emergencies then you can get one that only has five numbers programmed and they can not contact anyone else. 13 was when all of my 1st 3 boys got their 1st phone. It remains to be seen whether or not number 4 will get a phone at 13 because he’s a high functioning autistic. But it looks like he might be ready then… he’s 12 now Birthday in January.