64% of adults believe that the right age to buy children's phones is between 10 and 14 years, but there is also a pretty high percentage - 10% - that I think you can do even before the little one turns 10.
The moment you buy your child's first phone is a very important one and one that will create a precedent, because later you will have to keep up with all the new developments in this sphere of technology.
That is why it is very important not to hurry and wait until you feel comfortable with the decision to give your child this gadget for adults in general. If your instincts tell you that it's too early to do this, you should consider them and postpone the moment.
Here are just 7 reasons that will help you better argue your decision!
1. Doctors opinion
The children of today spend about 7 hours each day in front of TVs, tablets, phones, according to the Pediatric Academy of the United States of America. As a parent, you have the responsibility to monitor and even limit these exposures to the media, so as not to affect your health and education.
If you buy your child such a gadget that is just his, you will not be able to monitor his online and social activities as well.
It is much easier to borrow your phone or tablet for certain applications; In this way, you will be able to measure the time you spend with such activities and you will also be able to monitor the pages you access when using the Internet.
It is not the case to think that you violate their privacy, because the purpose is not necessarily to check with whom you speak online, but to know all about the dangers to which you are exposed in the virtual environment.
2. Confidentiality settings
The most unpleasant thing about using the Internet is that you cannot keep your anonymity. Even if you have activated the strictest confidentiality settings, social media accounts can expose you to certain data that, on the wrong hands, can be dangerous.
Location is one of them; imagine that your little one will take a selfie on the street, and people could figure out where he is only depending on the decor and surroundings.
A photo with his classmates could reveal the school he is teaching. You need to think about all these things before you hand them your own phone.
3. Social life
In a way, technology helps us connect with other people. Social networks are a prime example of this. On the other hand, communication so easy can in turn be harmful.
Your child may get used to this form of communication and may end up not doing well in other social contexts.
For example, the fact that he is very available to send short photos and messages with all his friends and even other children he barely knows could cause your child to believe that job interviews are the same way, and this will not help him at all when he becomes an adult.
4. Available applications
If you run the online store for applications such as online banking or those that tell you what the weather will be like, it does not mean that your child is limited to such programs. Online games and applications can often be accompanied by violence sexually explicit content, things you don't want to expose at such a young age.
5. The harassers
Harassers like to hide behind screens. Children are still exposed to mischief in schools and playgrounds, and if you still offer them a place where anyone can harass them, you could create real disasters in their psyche.
The phenomenon of cyberbullying is very common, unfortunately and frightening. Studies so far show that 15% of high school students have met at least once with him, according to the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. Therefore, you should not feel guilty at all if you postpone as much as possible the moment your child will have part of it.
The same child who was addicted, when he was a baby, to a song or video with one of his favorite heroes can turn into a teenager dependent on the virtual environment. Viral videos, text messages or social networks are just a few of the things that make them addicted to children who have part of their own screen.
7. Lack of understanding
Children do not always understand the consequences of their actions, so they can make wrong choices at any time if they are not monitored. Some of them, such as compromising photos, could follow him all his life.
Imagine how your child would feel in such a situation and try to make a good long-term decision.
Explain to them that you want to protect their dignity in this way and make the decision, probably as they mature they will understand your choice.
Does your child have a cell phone? What protective measures have you taken? We look forward to your comments in the comments section below!
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