Are you thinking of getting a mobile phone for your child? Well you’re not alone, a Roy Morgan survey found that 91% of teens aged 14-17 already own a mobile phone^. Even with so many teens already having their own mobile phone, there are no ‘one size fits all’ rules that cover all kids.
Here are some things to think about when deciding if it’s time for your child to have a mobile phone:
Before you hand a smartphone over, set some ground rules about when it can be used. You might want to set hours when the phone can be used. Examples of these kind of rules are:
No phones at the dinner table
No phone use after 7pm
Phones stay in a common area overnight
Happy Family Mobile Plans by Woolworths Mobile make it easy to keep your family connected – with flexible plans that help protect your kids online>>. In short, they’re made to keep everyone happy.
It’s a good idea to monitor your child’s phone use, including what apps they’re using and how much screen time they have. Family Zone have a mobile app which includes a range of parent controls. Some key features of the Family Zone mobile app are:
Track internet behaviour
Restrict apps and in-app purchases
Restrict social media use
Monitor and set screen time
You’ll receive an alert if your child tries to access something you’ve restricted or tries to remove the app
With every Woolworths Mobile plan, you will receive a free 12 month subscription to Family Zone to manage screen time, internet and social media. Find out more about Family Zone smartphone here.