What To Look For When Choosing Your Child's First Cell Phone

smart phonesIt was not that long ago when a cell phone for a school aged child was out of the question.  Not only because of cost but also because there did not seem to be a good reason why a kid needed a cell phone in the first place.  Well, times have changed, as they always do.

Today there are some good reasons to consider cell phones for kids:

  • Keeping the lines of communication open.

  • Access to 911 in case of emergency.

  • Built in GPS functions.

  • They can help teach responsibility.

  • Because they will hound you to death if you don't give in.

So, if you have been thinking about a cell phone for Christmas this year, there are some things to remember when it comes to getting the best phone for the school aged child:

  • Consider maturity level before adding features.  Smartphones should only be considered for kids who understand online safety.

  • Choose a phone that can be programmed by a parent allowing only certain functions.

  • Consider pre-paid phones or phones that allow you to set a limit to avoid overspending.

  • Ask your child what functions are most important to them. Games may be important to younger kids while a good MP3 player is a priority for a teen.

  • If texting is going to be the main function, find the most ergonomically-friendly keyboard possible.  

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