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When Did You Get Your First Phone as A Kid? Bill Gates Didn't Allow His Kids Have Cell Phones Until They Turned 14.

I can’t remember the exact age I got my first phone, but it was after high school—I used it for a brief time, though, because shortly after that, I was admitted to Covenant University.

We all know how that story goes.


For someone like Bill Gates, you would think his kids would have been among the first to use smartphones at an early age.
Not so.
As shocking as it may sound (to me), Bill Gates revealed to the Mirror that he limited his children’s exposure to technology.

According to the interview, Bill Gates and his wife banned their three children from owning cell phones until age 14. In his words:

“We don’t have cell phones at the table when we are having a meal, we didn’t give our kids cell phones until they were 14 and they complained other kids got them earlier.”
“We often set a time after which there is no screen time and in their case that helps them get to sleep at a reasonable hour. You’re always looking at how it can be used in a great way – homework and staying in touch with friends – and also where it has gotten to excess.

By the way, Bill Gates isn’t the first techie to do this. In a Sunday New York Times article, reporter Nick Bilton says he once asked Steve Jobs “So, your kids must love the iPad?”
Jobs response: “They haven’t used it. We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
I don’t know about these guys, but I intend for my children to know all there is to know about tech, even at a tender age. Although I might monitor their interactions with technology (Because, porn & other bad stuff), I don’t think I would limit their exposure to tech.
What about you?

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16 comments on “When Did You Get Your First Phone as A Kid? Bill Gates Didn't Allow His Kids Have Cell Phones Until They Turned 14.

  1. i got mine at the age of 8. Chink tinz, louder than a Speaker.

  2. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

    …WELL, I GOT MY FIRST PHONE AT THE AGE OF 16 AND IT WAS SAMSUNG R220(BLUE FACE).
    WHAT I’VE LEARNT ABOUT THESE PEOPLE HERE IS THAT THEY ARE STRICT WITH THEIR CHILDREN AND DON’T JUST ALLOW THEM DO ANYTHING ANYHOW.
    MY CHILDREN WILL HAVE ACCESS TO EVERYTHING TECH, BUT UNDER EXTENSIVE PARENTAL GUIDANCE AND RESTRICTIONS…

    1. Kay says:

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      🙁

      1. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:

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        1. Kay says:

          All caps are EXTREMELY had to consume.
          Please, sir, consider us …
          Or is this the same way to send text messages? Important messages?

          1. OBÁDÁRÀ says:

            … WELL, ITS THE WAY I WRITE. AM SORRY 🙏 IF AM HURTING ANYONE. THAT’S MY SYSTEM OF WRITING…

  3. Jade says:

    My first son started playing with my laptop before he was 1, bought him his phone at age 3 because he wouldn’t let us use ours since all his educational games and stuffs were on them. He can find his cartoons and other educational stuffs on youtube because i add them to his channel. My second son is already on them he same path..
    Early exposure is it for me though must be regulated

  4. Jade says:

    I didn’t get my first phone until my 2nd year in the university

  5. Abdul Abdul says:

    Got my first phone at the age of 10….Nokia Xpress Radio.

  6. Kaybang® DANANANA BATMAN!™ says:

    my kids are gonna have to be tech savvy. I’mma definitely introduce them early. Then they can decide whether they care for gizmos or not. I don’t think I can practice this baby boomer type of child raising. That’s how my uncle came back from London with a PC for his sister’s kids(that was me & my bros) to play with(i was like 4), only for our popsi to lock it up somewhere & discard the thing. Till this day, I don’t know what that PC looks like. Maybe I would have been mark Zuckerberg by now. Silly man.

  7. KingAbsolute says:

    I would like my kids to be techy savvy from a tender age. But have to use strict parental restrictions, even if I have to pay for it.
    Sometimes, warning kids stay away from something only gets then curious on why you’re asking them to do that when some of his peers have it.
    And such curiosity brings enslavement to the answers the kid gets.

  8. KingAbsolute says:

    Got my first phone two years after high school i.e. at 18 years

  9. Pwilliams says:

    mine was 15

  10. Samm Duru says:

    got mine at 10 or 11 can’t really remember…
    please don’t ask what type……..
    *twas a multilinks* To think I actually begged before Dad got it for me…..smh

  11. Dafe says:

    Got my 1st phone at age 11. Sendo (that rear pregnant phone) 😁

  12. Uzo says:

    I got my first phone at the age of 18 ash 202

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