FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2009 file photo, first lady Michelle Obama walks with her daughter Malia as they return to the White House in Washington, from Camp David, Md. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

London: Michelle Obama made her elder daughter wait until she was 12 before letting her have a cellphone.

The US first lady revealed that she “scared the heck” out of Malia with “days of lectures” on the dangers of talking to strangers before giving her the device.

The phone was restricted to certain numbers and every person on her contacts list had to be screened by White House security.

The Obamas had previously revealed that Malia, now 13, was banned from using her cell during the week.

She and sister Sasha, 11, are also forbidden from using Facebook until they are 17 and may not watch TV or use their computers during the week, except to do homework.

Sasha will have to wait another year before her mother even thinks about giving her a cellphone. “A cellphone is a lot of responsibility,” Obama said. – Daily Mail