If you’ve decided to get your son or daughter their first mobile phone, you’re not alone – according to CTIA, the Wireless Association, 77% of teens 12-17 years old have mobile phones, 23% have smartphones; 56% of kids ages 8-12 have a mobile phone and 12 is the average age a child receives their first mobile device.
With the device in hand you may be asking yourself, “now what?” If you’re worried that your child isn’t going to fully grasp the responsibilities that come with owning their first mobile phone, establishing some ground rules can be really helpful.
To give you a little help, your friends at Sprint have put together a parent-child mobile phone “contract,” or agreement, that includes a list of rules you might want your child to follow, such as situations and times of the day when they shouldn’t use their phone, providing you, their parent, with their password, and more.
Some of the rules might seem great, some might seem like they’re not quite the right fit for your family, and some might not be there because we didn’t think of them. Not to worry, this is a customizable contract. Simply remove, edit or add your own rules so that the mobile contract you and your child sign and agree to is everything you want it to be.
Also, be sure to check out our mobile application bundle, Sprint Guardian, which can help parents enforce responsible phone usage and keep families safe. Apps within the Sprint Guardian bundle allow parents to: lock their child’s phone on demand or schedule locks – during dinner, school or late at night (Mobile Controls); locate kids on a map and set up automatic location checks to get notified that kids made it to school safely and on time (Family Locator); automatically lock teenagers’ mobile phones when they’re driving (Drive First).
Tell us what rules you find most important for your child’s mobile phone usage.