Why Every Child (and Parent) Should Have a Mobile Phone
No matter how you might feel about smartphones, it's hard to ignore the impact that they've had on our society. Mobile phones have become a fundamental part of how we live and work. Not only do they ensure that you can stay in touch with your friends and colleagues, but they can also be a powerful way to catch up on work when you're outside of the office too.
Of course, mobile phones aren't necessarily just a great solution for the modern adult. When used correctly and safely, a smartphone can be a wonderful accessory for a child, for a number of practical reasons. Here, we're going to look at why your child should have a mobile phone, and how you can make sure that you buy the right one.
Smartphones Deliver Safety and Practicality
In a world where anything can happen, it's a good idea to have a form of communication with your child that ensures you can let them know when you're going to be late picking them up for school, or when you need them to pick some milk up on the way home. Mobile phones are practical, and they make sure that you're never out of touch with your child.
This can also be a powerful benefit from a safety perspective. Not only can parents now download GPS trackers that help them to find out where their child is at any given time but giving your youngster a phone means that they can contact you in an emergency too.
Building Trust and Responsibility
As a parent, it's tempting to wrap your child up in cotton wool to protect them. However, eventually, you're going to have to give your youngster the independence that they crave. Mobile phones are an important way for you to allow your child to be more responsible, and let you know when they're going to be late home, or when they need you for something.
Additionally, a smartphone isn't a cheap investment. Giving your child one of these devices informs them that you trust them to take care of something valuable. You're also showing your youngster that you trust them to use the minutes or credit on the phone responsibly too.
Keeping Families Connected
Whether your child is dealing with the stress of a divorce and wants to be able to stay in touch with the parent that they don't see as often, or you simply want to ensure that your youngster always has the opportunity to call grandma and grandpa, a mobile phone can be a great investment.
Although it can be expensive to call people who are located overseas, the right call plan could mean that you can ensure closer connections between your child and all their relatives - regardless of where they might be located. You could even download an app like Skype to conduct free video calls.
Boost Learning with Educational Games and Reminders
Today's smartphones are packed full of downloadable and even free games that children can play when they're not at school or focusing on homework. This can be a great way to keep your child entertained on a train or at a dentist appointment, and you could even think about downloading educational games too, to expand their minds.
Along with games, mobile phones often come with apps like reminders, calendars and note-taking applications that can help to keep your child organized and ensure that they never forget about their next assignment or test.
Make Your Child More Social
Finally, mobile phones have become an essential element of the social world. Teenagers and younger children alike frequently use their phones to stay in touch with their friends on social media or send text messages when they don't want to talk. Although the social nature of phones can be worrying to some parents, it can also help your child to feel more connected to the world around them.
Make Sure You Choose the Right Phone
If you do decide to purchase a mobile phone for your child, make sure that you're careful about selecting the perfect option. For instance, shop around to make sure that you're getting an affordable tariff and consider using a pay-as-you-go phone if you're worried about your child going over their monthly minute allowance.
At the same time, try to make sure that you don't go over the top with the tech you choose. If your child is young, they don't necessarily need the latest iPhone.
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