Let’s face it, times have changed since we were kids. We live in a world where access to technology is part of everyday life. It has been that way for a very long time. Gone are the days of having landline phones in your house. Gone are the days dial-up, AOL, and cellphones were seen as a privilege, not a right.
Our children now have access to technology that we rarely had when we were their age. We have mini computers, recorders, and cameras in our pockets. So, we have to be sure that our children are aware of the possible issues that could happen while they have access to the internet and social media. If you’re thinking about giving a new phone to your child, here are a few things you may want to think about:
Your Child Know Their Responsibility
As stated before, the kids are growing up in a world of technology, meaning they have access to the internet through computers, laptops, and tablets from an early age. Whether that is sending text messages, making a call, using apps, knowing how to take and send pictures, or even how to delete an album on iPhone or android. Children often know how modern technology works.
However, knowing how to use a phone properly and responsibly comes with age and whether or not they are ready for a phone. You need to ask yourself if your child is responsible enough for a phone. Will they care for their phone while they have it? Will they use it too often, or will you have to put rules regarding screen time in place?
It’s important for children to have a healthy relationship with their devices because it is one of the most influential technologies in today’s world. However, children also need to learn how to use technology responsibly so that they can avoid any potential dangers or risks.
They Know The Rules About Social Media
With the many risks and dangers that could be present on social media, it could significantly affect their physical and mental health. A sign your child is ready for a phone is to express and understand the risks and dangers of social media. There are a lot of things that can go wrong with social media, especially when you don’t understand what is happening.
Dealing with trolls, understanding that what they read or see isn’t always true, learning about their online presence and the importance of their privacy settings. These are topics you should speak with your child about and ensure they understand them.
They Know How To Keep Safe Online
Cellphones, tablets, and computers are great places for us to find information and entertain ourselves. This means that we have access to everything, from YouTube to Amazon Prime to child-friendly and adult content, so it’s essential that children understand how to keep themselves safe online. In an age when everything is online, it’s important that your child knows how to navigate this new world safely before they get a cellphone.
It’s important for parents to encourage their kids from a young age on what type of information they should share while online and what information should be kept private, depending on the situation.
You’re Ready For Them To Have One
Before you make the decision, you need to decide what types of boundaries and rules you are ready to put in place and stick to. You’ll need to work with your child to work out the rules, the type of boundaries they need to have, and understand the do’s and don’t’s of having and using their phone.
There are different topics and ideas on the type of way you can help your child, whether that is managing their screen time, ensuring that they are keeping safe on social media, and ensuring that they are watching kid-appropriate content on sites like YouTube.
Doing this will not only help your child to manage the addictive parts of owning a phone but also gives them rules they need to ensure that they are safe when using their phone, are using it responsibly.
So, if your child is asking for a phone, such as an iPhone or an Android, these are just a few things you want to keep in mind if you’re deciding on whether or not they are ready to take on that responsibility. After all, it has upsides and downsides, and you don’t want to find yourself or your child dealing with the negative parts of cellphone ownership.