Years ago we never had to worry about issues like these. However, in this day and age of ever-changing and ever useful technology, chances are your child either has a phone already or may want one soon. Since the times, may make this inevitable in your home, the best thing to do is know the smartest things to do when your child has or gets a new phone.
Phones really can make our lives a little easier when our kids have them, shhhhh … we won’t tell them that just yet. Honestly, when they are done with dance practice or finished with an assignment in the library and you are across the room behind bookshelves, it’s just nice to be able to communicate with them whenever you need to.
Many families are totally against kids getting phones and that is totally understandable. I felt the same way until my in-laws gave my 12-year-old a phone. Now, what do I do? I love them and don’t want to hurt their feelings. My daughter is such a good girl and is me most of the time anyway. Dilemma remedied and answer made for me, she got a phone.
The Techie Homeschool Mom has had the experience of giving three of her children phones already and provides some super useful insight into what to do when they first get their phones and some things to do along the way.
A few things she provides advice on concerning what to do when your children have a new phone are:
- Setting Phone Usage Guidelines for Kids and Teens
- Healthy guidelines
- What to tell your kids the “reason” why they are allowed a smartphone
- How you should limit their phone usage
- Rules for when you call them
- Usage is limited
- The type of content that is prohibited
- And more.
Techie Homeschool Mom’s insight is super useful to keep handy when your kids have phones or to prepare you for your decision or help you to make a decision.
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Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!