1 in 10 children now own their first mobile phone by the time they reach the age of 5. Now, they probably won't need much more than a small handset which handles calls and texts, but it's good to know you'll always be able to reach them in case of an emergency.
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Secondary school, however, seems to be the time to get kids their first smartphone - so you can keep in touch with them, and they can keep in touch with their friends on Facebook or Instagram.
So without further ado, here's our roundup of the best phones for children and young teenagers, 2016 style.
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The Kurio Phone a smartphone made especially for children - and it's perfect for the parents who want to have a little bit of control over their kids' phone usage, as it features a built-in Internet filtering system.
You can also set limits on phone use - calls, texts, apps, etc - and monitor the phone's location from your own smartphone. It also comes with built-in emergency features, like an SOS signal which allows children to alert the emergency services, and anti-theft services to wipe all data off the phone.
The Kurio has a 4-inch touchscreen, with 800 x 480 resolution and a rear and front camera (5 megapixels and 2 megapixels, respectively). It's sure to delight any pre-teen who needs their first real smartphone (so they can Snapchat and play games all day) while still making sure you can keep an eye on their whereabouts and activity.
For the little ones, something sturdy and resistant with a long battery life might be a good idea. Nokia phones are notoriously near-impossible to break, and the bulky, vintage-looking 105 keeps with tradition by being one of the most robust phones on the market.
Its keypad (with real buttons - we haven't seen these in a while!) is spill-proof and dust-proof, and the case is thick enough to handle a little roughing up. The screen is small, and much less prone to breakages than most smartphones' touch screens.
One of the most impressive features is the battery, which can last up to 30 days, so you don't need to worry about it running out of charge while your child is out of the house.
The Nokia 105 isn't a smartphone - don't expect apps, cameras, or any web browser. You can text, and call, and that's about it; it's an ideal phone to make sure they got home from school safely.
3. Nokia Lumia 530
The Nokia Lumia 530 is a perfect entry-level smartphone, with a 4-inch, 480p display and 4GB of storage. It also sports a micro SD port, if you needed to expand the storage.
Web browsing is easy, and the range of apps on the Windows Store is getting increasingly better. The best thing about it is definitely the 5-megapixel camera, which performs surprisingly well even in poor light.
It's also got a ten-hour battery life, which means it will easily go through a school day without needing to be recharged in the afternoon, but still requires charging at night - which makes it a perfect excuse to call bed time.
4. iPhone SE
If you think it might be time to give in to your child's constant plea for an iPhone, the new, little SE is an ideal first choice. (And because it's a smaller model, you won't need to spend as much on it as you would on a brand new iPhone 6s - even though it's got all the same features and capabilities.)
It's perfect for using apps and the internet, listening to music, taking pictures, playing games, which are probably the only things your teen really wants from a phone in all honesty. That, and the little Apple symbol.
As with all recent iPhones, the visual quality is top-notch. The iPhone SE is also surprisingly sturdy for an Apple phone thanks to its shape, and hopefully won't be getting broken in the first week!
5. Motorola Moto E 2015
This is hands-down one of the best smartphones that won't cost you the Earth (it's only £79 if you buy it SIM-free, and contract deals are as cheap as £5.50 per month!) - and it still manages to look cool, so you won't get any complaints from your teenager.
It has a 4.5-inch display with 960 x 540 resolution, which is pretty good quality - just what your kids need to watch videos or use Instagram and Snapchat, 8GB of storage with a microSD slot which allows for expansion up to 32GB, and a 5 megapixel camera. It runs smoothly on the Android Lollipop 5.1.1 OS and is 4G ready.
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