Our oldest daughter is a sensible and independent 10-year-old and she wants a smartphone. She is already an owner of an old-fashioned phone, as she sometimes walks home from school. However, many of her friends have smartphones.
This is quite a big dilemma I see. I think that if you really trust your daughter you should simply sit her down and have a gentle conversation about internet safety.
Young girls her age is fairly quick to cast someone out because they are different. It’s often about being the smartest and having the cool stuff.