my daughter is 12 and she has had an ipod and a cell phone for year or so. My oldest boy is 11 and he has an mp3 player no phone. She has the ipod only becuase I won it. he just has the mp3 player because it isnt the most responsible child. I would give my 5 yr old a phone before I would my 11 yr old son. :laughing: I guess it all depends on the child. If your 7 yr old is responsible get her a not to expensive mp3 and see how she does with it. My daugher has a boost phone. Its perfect for her.