Five things to ask before giving your kids their first phone
Unsure if your kids are ready for their first phone, and if you're ready for all that it entails?
Here, according to the Cyber Safety Lady, Leonie Smith, are the top five questions every parent should ask before gifting their progeny that first device.
1. How much do you know about smartphones and all the apps that your kids are likely to use? Are you willing to educate yourself about parental controls and restrictions?
3. How responsible is your child? Smartphone screens, for instance, break very easily.
4. What is the school's policy on smartphones? Is it going to work with what you want?
5. Do you know where to go for help if something goes wrong on that phone? How might you cope should your child get cyber-bullied?
You can access safety resources for parents and refer any cyber bullying, illegal content and image-based abuse to the Australian eSafety Commissioner at esafety.gov.au. The e-book Keeping Kids Safe Online is available from thecybersafetylady.com.au.
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