Parents are often asked if their child is ready to have a cell phone. There are many factors that come into play when deciding this, but in general, children usually ask for a cell phone because they want more independence and social interaction with friends.
The most important question parents should ask themselves before giving an answer is whether the child will be responsible enough to handle the responsibility of having a cellphone. This includes being careful with it, keeping it charged and turning it off during school or work hours, using appropriate language while texting and on calls, as well as not overspending on apps or minutes.
Once these questions are answered then you can decide whether your child can responsibly use one without supervision from adults at all times so they can be independent.
1. Cell phones are a great way to keep in touch with your child when they’re not home
Cell phone technology has come so far that there is literally an app or program out there for everything these days! With cell phone coverage improving all over America every day thanks to companies like Sprint who want everyone connected no matter where we roam; kids will never need to worry about being too far away from their parents again.
2. You can set up an emergency contact list of people who will be notified if something goes wrong
Even if you think it isn’t necessary to have emergency contacts, the list can come up in situations where they are needed.
You never know when an accident or other unforeseen event may happen and having a designated contact for your loved ones is essential during these times of need. Whether you’re dealing with car accidents or small mishaps that require medical attention, there’s always going to be somebody who will help guide them through what needs to be done next.
3. Keep the phone away from them at bedtime – it’s hard for their brains to wind down and sleep without being distracted by bright screens
Parents nowadays are faced with a difficult decision of whether to keep their phone next to them while they sleep or if it should be put away for the night. While some might argue that having your phone near will give you peace and make going off into dreamland easier, other studies have shown this is not always true. The light from our screens can cause the brain’s natural production of melatonin (the chemical in charge of regulating our circadian rhythm) which makes us feel sleepy and sluggish during waking hours – without actually feeling tired enough to fall asleep! This means when we’re trying so hard at bedtime, no matter what time zone we live in, even though every part of our body screams “sleep!” Our brains need more than just dim.
4. Teach them how to use the phone responsibly, including turning off notifications during school hours or while doing homework
The first step to teaching your child how not to use their phone responsibly is by giving them a quick lesson in manners and respect for others’ time. For example: if they’re making dinner with friends at someone’s house, turn off all interruptive notification sounds on their device so as not to be rude when it interrupts conversation- this includes messages texted from other people (and especially parents), alerts about new emails/uploaded social media posts, etc., which are frequent distractions that can detract from quality interaction between peers present in person together!
5. Set limits on screen time so they don’t get addicted and lose focus on other things that are important like spending time with friends or family, hobbies, etc
You can help set limits on screen time for your child by replacing their favorite TV show or video game with something more interactive and creative. This way, they’ll be able to spend less time in front of the computer without feeling like it’s a punishment because you’re offering them an activity that will make the most out of their limited free time.
6. Make sure you have all the passwords so you can monitor what they’re doing online
In order to stay safe online, it is important that you know the passwords for your children’s accounts so they can’t go on any websites without supervision. This way if you see anything questionable, or something like explicit pictures from friends of theirs who have been hacked before and therefore feel comfortable sharing this type of content with them, then you will be able to step in right away!