Smartphones have become an important tool for families to stay connected, despite everyone’s busy schedules. However, smartphones also can come with risks for children and teens. Risks associated with smartphone usage for children and teenagers include cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate material and interacting with child predators. As the average age when children get their first smartphone is declining, parents need to be aware of the risks of connecting their children to the Internet through a smartphone and be vigilant. Just as parents need to teach their children to be careful when playing outside on their own, parents must take accountability for teaching their children to be responsible on their smartphones.
If you’re considering buying your child a smartphone but are concerned about the risks, read the following guide. It will give you some basic information you can use to determine if your kids are ready for the responsibility and how you can help guide their behavior online to keep them safe.