Today you can see smartphones in almost everyone’s hands. We all like to “lol” and “aww” on the random videos we see on our smartphones. We find it cute when toddlers touch television screens like smartphones of their parents. However, when your children grow, the demand for smartphone strengthens. Serious requests for gaining smartphones often made in the preteen age.
My son has also been asking for a smartphone since he was in 3rd grade. The demand gets more serious when his friends started using smartphones for different purposes. But it took me 2 more years to realize they he genuinely needed smartphone not only for better communication but also for mental growth and better social life. May Be I was too sensitive or oversimplified the scenario. But I sorted it out soon. If you are facing the same situation, here is a list of three questions you should be asking yourself before allowing smartphones to your kids.
- Is your child sensitive and disciplined enough to give restrictive timings to use smartphones for entertainment purposes such as app store and music? You can easily guess it from the timetable he daily uses to play video games and watching television.
- Does your child really need better communication methods to stay in touch the way you or entertainment will be the primary goal of getting smartphones? It can be predicted from the routine you and your children share on daily basis. For instance, if you find it difficult to know about their safety, it is the right time for a child to get a smartphone.
- Do your children have appropriate information regarding the usage and safety of smartphone? Are they exposed to the concepts of cyberbullying? What kinds of apps are safe and culturally okay to use? What kind of messages, photos, and videos are appropriate to view and share? It will require you to analyze the mental age and comprehending ability of your children. Also, you can use some parents monitoring apps such as Cocospy to protect your kids.
When you will be able to answer all of these questions in one word “YES”, it will be the right time for you to allow your children smartphones.
The Resolution Key
If you are still having concerns and think that your children may be misusing and wasting time on their smartphones or it will affect their mental growth negatively, you can minimize the abuse of smartphones by using monitoring application. It will allow you to be conscious of their online activities instantly. You will feel satisfied once your children are carrying out the same constructive activities on the smartphones what you have asked them to do.