Disclosure: As part of The Better Moments Blogger Brigade Program , I did receive compensation for this post. The opinions expressed here are mine and nobody else's. I have been a U.S. Cellular Customer for 10+ years.
OK~ We all know that it's important for families to stay in touch with each other. It is a fact that mobile phones allow to us to do this on a daily basis. The iPhone 5s makes it super easy to stay in contact with family, as it's easy to navigate.
In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, respondents indicated that 13 was an appropriate age for a child to receive their first mobile phone, whereas five years ago that age was 15. I know locally, there is variation of opinion on this. I recently asked my fans at what age they felt it was appropriate for kids to have smartphone. The age range was six to never old enough. Yes, I do agree, it does depend on the maturity of the child, but six is fairly young.
I am also asked questions, quite regularly, as to what age is appropriate for my child to have their first smart phone? Many times it is because kids want to go on Instagram or SnapChat. It's important for parents to understand how to use these devices and help their kids understand why parents need to monitor them. U.S. Cellular offers a fantastic Family Protector Program, which will help parents put their minds at ease, once they hand over a smart phone to their kids. You can enroll in this program here and know that you are making a smart choice when it comes to the safety of your family.
Many of you know that I strongly feel it's important to still talk to people, and you know that face to face conversation still matters. Our kids are no different when it comes to using their smartphones. In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 39 percent of parents said they wish their children would talk to them instead of sending them texts/e-mails or instant messages. Personally, I think it's nice to hear their voice now and then, but in all reality, a text message is very convenient! There are times that a phone call is warranted, but often times a text message will suffice.
U.S. Cellular also found that 72% of families have rules when it comes to their kids and cell phone use. To help make this conversation much easier, as U.S. Cellular's Parent Child Agreement provides customizable suggestions on safety and etiquette that focus on creating better moments within families. The intention is to make this work for each individual family, and to show how technology can enhance time spent together as a family.
U.S. Cellular is offering FREE device training workshops during the month of July. This is the perfect time to learn more about the devices your family owns. Everyone will be in tune to how to use them once the new school year rolls around. At these workshops, the helpful folks at U.S. Cellular will offer families advice on setting guidelines and sharing suggestions on what parents need to know when it comes time to invest in their child's first mobile phone. For a list of device workshops in your area, head on over to the Events that U.S. Cellular has to offer.
Handing over a smartphone to your child is not an event to be taken lightly. Take the time to educate yourself on how to use the device and then show your child how to be safe. There's a lot to learn and it's true that you can never be to cautious when it comes to the safety of your children. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?