If you have children no matter how old I’m sure you’ve already starting thinking about “when” is the right time to buy them a cellphone. I’ve heard this conversation had by many of moms. Each of them with their own opinion, and the age can vary heavily from mom to mom. My children are 16, 13, and 7. My oldest child got his first cellphone when he entered middle school at the age of 11. This decision was more for my own piece of mind then for him. Since he had to walk to and from the bus stop while I was at work I wanted to be able to get a hold of him and for him to do the same. I know that we survived years ago without them and I’m not saying we can’t still but I will say that the world is a different place then it was years ago.
One concern with getting a young child a cellphone is if they are responsible enough to take care of it. Cellphones may be inexpensive thanks to service deals when you first purchase them, however they are not cheap to replace. Without any insurance your replacement cost can be through the roof!
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We had an incident last year that showed me just how important cellphone insurance is. When my younger son turned thirteen we bought him a smartphone. Honestly we are at a point where any other cellphone is just not worth it, so we took the plunge and bought him the smartphone. He had the phone for about three months before the unthinkable happened. My son was changing at gym and he left his clothing on the bench for a few seconds to grab a drink before he put them in his locker and headed out to class. In those few seconds his clothing disappeared. In the pocket of those shorts was his new smartphone.
I tried everything to locate it using location services. The school was notified and they did everything they could to try to find out how had done it but the school doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room. They are not allowed to check lockers, touch children, etc. After a couple weeks of hoping the culprit would turn it back on and we could locate it I finally gave up. I called my service provider to discuss replacement. Without insurance you have to pay the full price of the phone which was definitely not something I was willing to do. Insurance however would have definitely helped in this matter.
Check out this all too true infographic of what could happen to your child’s (and your) mobile device.
Opps Moments with your Mobile
Don’t let this happen to you. While you want to trust that your child will be responsible, and hopefully they will be, it is important that you do all you can to help protect their information and device. Here are some tips from one mom to another
Cellphone Protection Tips
- Invest in a good cover or case – We recommend the Otterbox iPhone Case
- Purchase mobile phone insurance when you buy or upgrade
- Get To Know your Childs Phone
- Enable location services
- Turn off locations services for photos and other apps that add location when posting (Facebook, etc.)
- Use Restrictions for inappropriate content
- Use Restrictions to keep them from purchasing unwanted apps
- Talk with your children about how to take care of their phone
- Talk with your children about how important it is not to leave the phone unattended.