The children and the mobile phone has become one of the current concerns of parents due to the increasing development of new technologies. It is no longer strange to find televisions, mobile phones, tablets, video game consoles and computers in the children’s room. They are the generation of new technologies.
But before providing a smartphone to our children, it is important to point out some points to consider: degree of maturity and responsibility of the adolescent, risks of using the mobile phone: bullying, sexting, astronomical accounts for excessive spending, etc.
Give clear rules
An important guideline is to limit the time of connection and use. In addition, smartphones allow the download of all kinds of applications, therefore, it is important that only applications can be downloaded with the permission of the parents.
Limit hours of use
By limiting the hours of use we will prevent them from straining the view and that their hours of study will be affected by excessive use of the mobile, guaranteeing concentration during them.
Also the time of the meals should be a moment in family and free of messages, calls or consultations on Facebook. It is important for parents to set an example, so that no member of the family uses it during breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Help them manage their relationships
It is important to manage the mobile of our children. Of course it is important that the right to privacy be respected, to speak with whomever they want without being heard, but they must accept that there are things that will be managed by the parents. This will prevent access to inappropriate content, threats to the privacy of the child, etc.
Safe use of the smartphone
It is important that parents know how to make safe use of these devices, be aware of the latest updates, security and control options that we can apply, parental control tools, blocking and above all, monitor the use of the smartphone.
Encourage them to protect the mobile
In this way we will prevent it from being used by third parties without their consent. In addition, we ensure that the device is lost or stolen, that it remains inaccessible through any of the blocking functions that exist today.
Today we can choose in most phones a very comfortable, fingerprint. But if you do not have that sensor, at least a screen lock of the dot pattern or password type must be configured.
Keeping the location or GPS function active is recommended for several reasons. When the device is lost or stolen, it will only be possible to know its position if it has this active function. Being a minor, it will be advisable that you agree to be able to be located by the parents.
There are tools to share the location, such as the possibility of doing it through Google Maps in real time or on demand. Without the active location feature, the phone will not share your position.
However, the child should know that there are other applications that can share their location, such as Facebook or other social networks and should be careful not to do so publicly.
Although the best tool is education, so that they learn to distinguish danger signals and situations of risk by themselves, during certain early ages it may be useful to limit and even monitor what children do with their devices connected to them. Internet for your safety.
The use of tools of this type is at the discretion of each parent and must assess when they exceed the security barrier to enter an area of privacy and privacy of children.
Another option is to purchase a mobile without a data rate until we consider that our child is old enough and mature enough to have a smartphone.