As birthdays or holidays approach, many kids may be asking parents for cell phones. We know how hard it is to say no because they are telling you all the other kids have it. Oftentimes it is the parents who want their kids to have phones so they have a way to stay in touch.
We should consider any benefits a cell phone could provide your child. First and foremost, they can easily get in touch with you in case of an emergency. They can call you if a soccer game ended early, or if they needed to be picked early from school for whatever reason. Second benefit I would say is the GPS on the phone. It will provide the parent with peace of mind, always knowing where the child is.
Cell phones with social media and gaming capabilities are a huge distraction for children and adults of any age. Children and adults alike can waste hours on end playing games on their devices or surfing the internet or social media. They can easily become a huge time wasting bad habit. For these reasons and many more about the long term effects of 24/7 technology use, many parents are conflicted and would like to hold off giving their children cell phones as long as possible.
Best Way To Stay Connected With Young Children
If you as a parent are hesitant about giving your child a cell phone, there are other alternatives to consider to help you decide the best way to stay connected. Regardless of a child’s age, his or her first phone should have limited and simple features.
This is a long range 2 way radio. It has about 10 hours of battery life and has a rechargeable battery. This could be a simple way for parents to stay in touch with their child when they are out and about.
As a busy parent, get a Jiobit if you have very young children and you worry about their whereabouts after school or when walking to and from school. Its small and lightweight design allows you to discreetly clip onto clothing or shoes for a simple wearable GPS tracker. Jiobit is an excellent option for your child, your pet, or seniors. Jiobit requires a monthly data plan to track location of your child.
This is a popular wearable walkie talkie. It has a range of 12 miles which works for parents trying to stay in touch with children in school or at after school activities. It has about 10 hours of battery life and a rechargeable battery.
Their child’s safety is paramount for every parent and this smartwatch will give you some peace of mind. Favorite parent safety features include custom safe zones, SOS mode, a trusted contact list, auto blocking of strangers’ calls, and enhanced GPS tracking. It also has a pedometer that counts steps to help kids stay active. It’s the perfect first device for kids growing up in a digital world.
This is an excellent first phone for little hands. It is easy to use, the numbers are large, has an easy to read display and an emergency button. The Jitterbug allows users to talk and text but does not connect to the internet.
At what age to give kids access to technology is a big decision. Hope this guide will help you in buying the first device for your child.