In today’s current world, technology has become part of us in our day-to-day activities. Mobile phones have also evolved with innovations and creativity, making it possible for a mobile phone to host many uses. Some parents feel pressured by their children to give them their mobile phones, with some of them being as young as four years old. Parents find themselves in a dilemma of what age and time they should allow their children to have a mobile phone.
All this depends mostly on the parent’s perception of the Children and Cell Phone usage. Others ignore the harm they may be exposing their children to with a whole exposure to the internet experience. Whether children should operate a smartphone and at what age is a debatable issue, parents should make sure that they do not entirely leave the addictions to the children associated with the smartphone’s usage.
If you have not put measures in place to regulate your children’s smartphone usage, you’ll see the signs, such as leaving the family activities and concentrating only on the phones and at times getting angry when the phone is taken away or when it is not available, continuous lateness in the submission of schoolwork assignments, an abrupt change in moods and sleeping patterns. As a parent, if you come across these symptoms being exhibited by your children, they devote most of their time in smartphones, and it might turn out to be an addiction which is very hard to beat. The most important thing is to keep watch and monitor the connection between your child to remove them from the dangers of mobile phones successfully.
To successfully bring out the importance of limiting time on cell phone their children, parents should start by teaching the children about mobile phones. When children are well informed about mobile phones, they can know to which extent they can use the mobile. Parents can help to teach about the Internet and how it works and, most importantly, how it is possible to get invited int some sites that might be deceiving. With necessary training, children are safe to a certain extent.
Parents should also develop a plan on when a child should have a phone and why. For example, a child should not be allowed to have a phone during class sessions or when the exams are around the corner. Mostly parents should work on a plan of allowing children to use the phones when they are relaxing after homework and filter applications, allowing the ones based on education and entertainment purely for children.
Monitoring is another tool that a parent should focus on to know whom the children are communicating to. Many scammers may introduce themselves online with factual background pretending to be friends but to scam them online. They may start by asking passwords or dates of birth of their parents to unlock a game that the children will adhere to very fast in acquiring a game for free.
Finally, parents should develop a plan that enables the children to use the phone during a specific time or in the area. For instance, children might be banned from having a phone when they have dinner or traveling with their parents. This will ensure that there is the regulation of time in terms of accessing the phone by the children.
The Internet has been a very insecure place for children as they are exposed to cyber predators. These are people who hide identity online intending to exploit especially young people for sex and other purposes. They lie about their details to the children and end up gaining trust. The other group of dangerous people online is the cyberbullies. They use smartphones and other online platforms to intimidate young children who end up depressed and angry. The horrible side of this is that they may end up killing themselves or even harming their siblings and parents out of depression.
Sexting is another danger that young children are exposed to during usage of a smartphone. They are invited to explore sexuality, trust, boundaries, and intimacy when this happens. A child may engage in this act and end up having a very high level of distress because of their message of photos being shared online. It may also lead to unhealthy copied lifestyles such as isolation, self-harming, and restricting dietary intake.
To keep the children safe from the Internet, parents should filter out inappropriate contact on the Internet to ensure that they are inaccessible. Also, parents should set a screening schedule for phone use, including games and apps, to ensure that children access the phones app that is always safe. Finally, they should get full visibility of their children’s activities on their devices.