As the average age of children getting their first smartphone continues to go down, it’s clear that parents need to start thinking about some of the benefits and risks involved when it comes to getting phones for the kids.
Considering investing in a mobile phone for your kids? While you may be grappling with ‘what age should the kids get a phone?’, here are a few things you need to know before you actually go out and buy smartphones for the kids.
Unfortunately, cyber bullying can be part of using social media platforms on your smartphone. And as it’s likely that the children will be using their smartphones to interact with their friends via Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, they could encounter some form of online bullying. So, it’s useful to arm them with some information and tools on how to handle cyber bullying before you give them their smartphone. These simple steps will help you to protect your children on social media:
There’s nothing worse than sitting around the family dinner table with the kids face down, distracted by the latest YouTuber while you’re trying to have a conversation with them. Make sure you set some rules before you buy phones for the kids. By setting some clear boundaries on when and where it’s appropriate to use their smartphones, they’ll soon realise the importance of stepping away from their screens. Here are some tips on how to handle it:
One of the major benefits of buying phones for the kids is that it will give them a sense of responsibility, especially if you opt for prepaid phone plans for kids. Depending on what kind of deal you go for, discuss the regular costs of the kids’ phone usage. Introducing them to some chores or monthly allowances could help them get to grips with the importance of budgeting. Here are some other ways to encourage them to take more responsibility for their belongings:
So you’ve laid down some ground rules, and talked to the children about how they should appropriately make use of their phone.
Still worried about paying for loss or damage? Consider investing in mobile phone insurance. It will give you peace of mind, and one less thing to worry about as the kids quickly bypass your technological skills.
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