TOPSHAM — In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, respondents indicated that 13 was an appropriate age for a child to receive their first mobile phone, whereas five years ago this age was 15. Because the appropriate time can vary from family to family, parents can be challenged with how best to introduce their child to their first phone. To make this process as easy as possible for both parents and kids, U.S. Cellular recommends that families work together on guidelines for cellphone usage to ensure that children are using their phones responsibly, courteously and safely.

U.S. Cellular is offering free device workshops this month that focus on making the decision to get children their first phone. At the workshops, U.S. Cellular associates will offer families tips on setting phone guidelines and share suggestions to help with the decision.

The next device workshop is Tuesday, July 22 from 9 to 10 a.m. at 11 Winners Circle in Topsham. Please call 725-2383 to R.S.V.P.

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