WASHINGTON, January 10, 2018.: With swelling figures about underage kids owning a smartphone and headlines about children becoming dangerously addicted to them, it is necessary to devise ways of maintaining safety.
- 77% of teens between ages of 12 and 17 have cell phones
- 56% of tweens between 8 and 12 have smartphones
- 75% of teenage drivers have conceded to texting while driving
- 28% of teenagers have conceded to having sent indecent pics using SMS
- 22% of those parents believe 10 is an appropriate age for giving kids a phone
Do these figures ring a bell in your mind, especially the ones about texting while driving? If they do, then taking safety precautions is a must.
Play Your Role
The first fix is playing your role as a parent by doing the following:
- Help your child to participate in productive activities that keep them in touch with the real world
- Limit and monitor how long your child spends on the phone
- Understand your child’s smartphone features to enable you to control it effectively
- Update the phone’s security features
- Understand how to track and stop abuse
- Enforce the set rules
- Use parent blocking apps that stop access to social media and texting
Get a parental control app for your child’s smartphone
The second proven method for ensuring your child uses the phone safely is using a parental control app. This way, you will be in a better position to control and inhibit some activities until they grow to a new level of personal responsibility.
Check their smartphone call logs
Another way of ensuring your child uses the phone securely is reviewing its records. Doing this allows parents to notice any unknown numbers, messages or phone calls the child receives. Tracking the phone for this information will help you know if the kid is receiving calls or texts from potential predators.
It will also alert you of any potential abuse of the phone requiring immediate action to prevent it before it spirals out of control.
Teach them safe mobile number sharing
Monitoring is not enough to enforce safety since your duty as a parent is not just giving them roots to be established in the right things but also wings to fly away from your direct authority when they grow up. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare kids to fly into independence where they will be using the phone without your supervision. One of the ways of teaching children responsibility is showing them the importance of sharing their number safely. You should advise them to stop sharing their phone number on the internet since it can attract predators. Also, it is needful to teach them the benefits of giving their number only to people they trust. This way, you will protect your child against online bullies and other abusers.
Be a smartphone role model
Lastly, you should be the best model for your child in everything you are teaching them.
Children have no better role models than parents. For example, if you want to make a phone call that will disrupt a family gathering, let your children hear you excusing yourself. Also, answering calls or texting while driving to teach them road safety.
We believe these safe phone usage tips are enough, for now, to keep your child safe with that smartphone.
For more information, visit the experts at mSpy for help in protecting your child’s use of their smartphone.