Your kid wants a phone. A simple voice phone? A smartphone? Should they even have a phone? It’s complicated. We help you figure it out and, no matter your budget, we’ve got top picks for children of all ages.

I’m one of PCMag’s phone experts, and also a parent, so I’ve thought a lot about kids and phones. Mobile phones are useful, powerful, and helpful. They’re also expensive, distracting, and a potential gateway to a lot of nasty things on the internet. So should you …