Cell Phone Safety
Has your child been asking for a smartphone? Check out different phone and plan options, plus discover cell phone safety tips for home or driving.
Finding the Right Phone
When kids see both adults and their classmates regularly using smartphones, they're more inclined to pressure their parents or guardians to buy them a phone of their own. But cell phones come with a lot of responsibility. If you're thinking of buying your child's first cell phone, first determine how the phone will be used:
• Is the phone for use just in case of emergency? Or will your child need to contact you for pickup from after-school activities or babysitting jobs? If so, a basic phone with calling, some texting and limited Web access will probably be good enough.
• Will the phone be used for activities other than calling or texting, like playing games, taking photos, listening to music and watching videos? Then a more feature-rich cell phone with a data plan is the right choice.
Cell Phone Buying Guide
You'll also need to decide what type of phone and plan works best for your family's situation. Our Cell Phone Buying Guide can help you understand how to add a phone to an existing cell phone plan, and determine whether a phone with a monthly installment plan, an unlocked phone or a prepaid phone is the best choice for your child.
Cell Phone Safety Tips
Before your child starts using a new phone, have a discussion on the responsibility of owning a cell phone and establish some ground rules:
- Discuss what websites and apps are appropriate and what they need to do if they encounter inappropriate material.
- Remind them about things they should never share on social media or apps, including their current location, cell phone number, passwords, home address and credit card info.
- Tell them they should not take any photos or send text messages that they wouldn't want to show their parents.
- Consider purchasing software to monitor your child's downloads, text messages and whereabouts.
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Cell Phone Use in the Car
According to the U.S. Government Department of Transportation, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for American teens. And when it comes to distracted driving, young people are among the most likely to text and talk behind the wheel.* Therefore, it's important to stress the dangers of distracted driving and to let your teens know that their cell phone use can wait until they've reached their destination.
Safety measures for your teen drivers:
- Use a cell phone in the car for emergencies only.
- Never call or text while driving. Take advantage of any available built-in hands-free Bluetooth functionality that reads texts and e-mail messages out loud.
- Encourage any passengers to read map directions or messages for the driver.
- Stow your cell phone in the glove compartment or turn it off as soon as you get in the car.
- Investigate apps and devices that can limit a cell phone's functionality, lock its screen, or monitor its location.
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