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How young is too young for a smart phone?

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Slick advertisements for the new iPhone 6 are enticing for all age demographics, especially children, tweens and teens who want the latest, greatest toys.  As Rachael Myrow found on The California Report, opening up the world of smart phones to kids introduces an entirely new aspect of parenting. What is the right age to explore that brave new world? What's it like to be the kid whose parents cannot or will not buy a smartphone? 


Betsy Brown Braun, child development and parenting expert; best selling author of Just Tell Me What to Say: Sensible Tips and Scripts for Perplexed Parents (HarperCollins);