If your child is asking for a new phone, there are a few things to bear in mind
Does your primary schooler want their first mobile phone? Has your teenager got their eye on the latest smartphone? Vodafone’s Digital Parenting looks at some of the things to consider before you hand over a shiny new device.
Is my child ready for a smartphone?
There’s no minimum age limit for mobile phones; it’s a personal decision. Many children get mobiles around the age of 11, when they start secondary school, and 90% of teenagers in the UK now have one. While there are numerous advantages to having a smartphone – including being able to stay in touch with mum, dad and other family members more easily – it’s worth asking yourself things like: Do they really need a smartphone? Are they mature and responsible enough to have one? And what are their school’s rules on smartphones?
Which smartphone and tariff should I choose for them?
Your son or daughter might well have a particular smartphone on their wish list but it’s a good idea to look for devices that let you manage the phone features yourself – the iPhone provides built-in parental controls called Restrictions and the Samsung Galaxy has Kids Mode, for example. You can find advice about putting parental controls on your child’s devices on Vodafone’s Digital Parenting website.
When it comes to tariffs for your child’s phone, see if you can get a price plan designed with families in mind. Some plans cover multiple SIMs, which means everyone in your family can have a device of their own and you can control each person’s data allowance from one place (e.g. Vodafone Red+.
Make sure your child understands their school’s policy on the use of mobile devices.