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No time is a good time to give a child a phone.
A new Canstar survey shows only 10 percent believe a child is safer with a mobile phone than without one.
Meanwhile, 28 percent of people believe children should have one by the time they’re at high school.
Telecommunications Forum Chief Executive Paul Brislen told Kate Hawkesby it can depend on whether they do a sport or if they have to travel to school.
He says for example his youngest daughter needed a phone earlier than his oldest, due to her doing more activities outside of school.