How old should kids be for cell phones? Thu, 05/03/2018 - 12:00am Is cell phone ownership a sign of adulthood? Probably not. Those days will soon be behind us. A London digital newspaper reported that British parents insist 11 years old is the ideal age for children to get their own cell phones. Actually 1 in 4 children under age 6 has a smart phone. A ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today! Read more about How old should kids be for cell phones?