Buying a phone is not exactly the best thing for your child, but you can’t go against the times in which you are raising them. Here are 6 things that parents should know before the big purchase. Here are 6 things you should consider before buying a child a smart phone.
If you have decided that your child is ready for a mobile phone, you must first create a set of rules – more precisely, the six basic rules that they will have to follow, but which you as a parent will follow as well.
Children learn through modelling behaviour and they mimic their parents. For this reason it is important that you stay consistent.
1. Buy a Basic, Regular Phone
If its not a smart phone, then it is called a dumb phone, without the internet and social media option. The chances are you can still find a phone without a camera, the Internet and games. If you give your child your old phone, turn off all of the extra features. And if they complain about it, remind them that the phone is a tool and not a toy. It’s about security, not about social status or games.
2. Set Limitations
Most service providers allow the user to limit the number of messages they can send or receive, as well as the number of minutes they can talk. If the child exceeds a certain, agreed amount of messages and minutes, they pay for the additional costs. Older teens can be responsible for the entire amount of the bill. Moreover, you can block Internet access and calls from unknown numbers on most phones. Finally, you can set limitations to the time they are allowed to use certain apps.
3. Set Additional Limitations
Specify a time when the phone must be turned off. For example, during lunch and dinner, after 10 pm and during school hours. If your teenager has a driving licence, make sure they don’t use the phone while driving.
Some families don’t allow phones in children’s rooms at night so that they don’t chat with someone at bedtime. Insist that your child responds to your calls and messages instantly, and teach them not to respond to messages from people they do not know.
4. Respect the Same Limitations
Let’s be honest: you should act in accordance with what you are saying. If you don’t want your child to use the phone during a meal or while driving, respect those rules yourselves. If you don’t want them to compulsively check their notifications, then don’t do it yourself. You are the one your child looks up to regardless of whether they want to admit it or not.
5. Warn Them About the Radiation
Because of the risk of radiation, it is recommended that children use headphones instead of holding the phone on the ear. Also, don’t allow children to sleep with the phone under the pillow. It is also advised not to carry it in the pocket of the pants because of the potential risk of radiation to the reproductive system.
6. Teach Them the Etiquette for Using the Phone
Children are not born with knowledge about how to respectfully use the phone. They shouldn’t use it to spread rumors, to take photos without someone’s permission, or send inappropriate photos and messages. Also tech them not to conduct personal conversations in public places. And, of course, they should never communicate with strangers, no matter how they present themselves.
It’s up to you to teach them all of this. And by setting and following the limitations on yourself, you will set the right example for your child to follow as well.
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