Smartphones are powerful and versatile, but they are also expensive and don't take kindly to being dropped. That's why some parents are left guessing when is right time to introduce such high-maintenance technology to their children. The wonders of mobile technology have plenty to offer your family when your kids are ready, and there are plenty of factors to consider when each child seems ready for a smartphone of their own. Evaluating how your kids have handled a number of other challenges and responsibilities is a good start. You can also weigh-in the following criteria to ask yourself: Is my child ready for the responsibility of a smartphone?