How To Make Sure Your Child Uses It Safely
Did you know that approximately 75% of children between the ages 12 and 17 own a smartphone, and that most of them go online regularly? Among the most popular smartphone amongst this age group is the iPhone. The iPhone offers great multimedia, gaming and Internet features. It’s no wonder that kids and teens all over the world love it.
Many parents want to allow their child to use an iPhone, but they have concerns about providing him or her unsupervised access to the Internet. The good news is that there are many applications available to help your child use it safely. You can also create a “Proper Use Contract,” which is a signed agreement between you and your child for proper iPhone usage.
The following is an example:
Proper Use Contract
June 23, 2013
Dear Mom and Dad,
As a responsible iPhone/Internet user I promise:
Internet Safety for Children and Teens
Make sure you install security software for the iPhone, and enable a password lock with a difficult password. It’s a good idea to enable “Find-My-iPhone” as well; it’s free with iOS 4.2., or you can download it from the AppStore.
Also enable “Block Pop-Ups” and disable “Auto-Fills” because these features will help protect your teenager from exposing your data. Concerned parents can enable restrictions to lock down some of the iPhone’s capabilities, for extra safety.
Make sure your child understands that their iPhone/Internet use is an earned privilege, and not a necessity, and that you are in charge of their ownership of that privilege. Their limited rights and privileges can be taken away at any given moment, upon your request.
Smartphones come with an abundance of business risks; however, the personal risks can be even higher. Giving your child an iPhone, or Internet privileges of any type gives them a lot of power. Make sure they know how to use that power safely, and wisely.