Equipping the youngest children with smartphones is now a standard. More and more parents decide on such a step. When buying equipment for your child, however, it is worth taking a few tips. Here they are.
At what age should you buy a child a smartphone? In practice, it is impossible to unequivocally answer this question. Children have different needs, and their behavioral development is also different. Certainly we should not succumb to peer group pressures such as “because all the kids in class already have one”. The decision to buy a phone for a child should be based on parental observation. This is the only way to choose the best moment.
Certainly, you can not succumb to the voices that ”once, without smartphones, children were better off”. Each era has its own characteristics and needs – today it is becoming standard for children to use advanced technology. 20, 30 years ago young people spent more time interacting with each other in the real world than they do today, but the smartphone is also a great communication tool. It is estimated that up to 38% of children under a year old use a smartphone in a more or less conscious way
The primary risks associated with early phone purchase are:
The advantages of children having a smartphone include
Excessive smartphone use can lead to parent-child disagreements
A compromise can be reached in a simple way, which used to be done in school grading: write a contract. In this contract, the parent agrees to allow the child to use the smartphone under certain conditions and for a certain period of time. The child will know that his/her life is not all about the smartphone, but at the same time will not feel disadvantaged
Once you have purchased a smartphone for your child, you need to put some effort into ensuring their safety while using it. Of course, developing a proper bond with your child and teaching them responsibility will be the foundation. However, you can use an app to locate our kid. You should also upload a program that censors access to inappropriate content. It is also possible to temporarily restrict access to network resources
A good occasion to give a child the first smartphone is St. Nicholas’ Day, a birthday or First Holy Communion. However, it is worth explaining to the child that it is a valuable item and that he or she must take care of it.