Kids are being being exposed to cellphones earlier and earlier every year.
Even toddlers quickly figure out how to unlock your cellphone, navigate to YouTube and play their favorite nursery rhyme video.
It seems fine to let your kids play with your cellphone every now and again, but then comes the dreaded time when they ask for a cellphone of their own.
As much as you would probably like to delay the age our kids get their first cellphone, these days giving them a phone to use when they’re not home can actually be a good thing.
There are some benefits of providing a cellphone to your child.
The first is safety. You’ll be able to track your child’s location at any time via their cellphone, through apps like Apple’s Find My Friends or Android’s Trusted Contacts app.
Convenience is another positive benefit.
No longer will you need to contact the school to tell your son or daughter about any changes to the afternoon’s school pick-up routine, simply shoot them a text or call them.
Another positive benefits is the cost of cellphones.
It doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg to find a great cheap plan for your child. You can even get a great phone for pretty cheap, or even free, these days too.
Now, lets consider the downside of buying your kid a cellphone.
It’s going to cost you additional money each month. You, also, have to consider screen time.
Kids could spend too much time playing games, watching videos, interacting on social media unless you put in place parental controls.
Finally, there is the risk of bullying. Cellphones lead to social media, which leads to the possibility of cyber bullying.
That’s where parental controls come in.
- Controls can help help limit the amount of screen time your kids have on their phones.
- Limit which apps or websites they can access.
- Create safe lists of phone numbers they can receive calls from or make calls to.
- Manage your child’s data, talk and text usage so you don’t end up with a huge phone bill.