Parenting – Setting Cell Phone Expectations With Your Children w/ @USCellular – #Sponsored


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Disclosure: I am a compensated member of the U.S. Cellular Better Moments Blogger Brigade. However all opinions and unnatural obsessions and attachments to my smart phone are my own.

 

So what is the one thing my 9 year old step-daughter wants more than anything on the planet? A smartphone. She would give up her toys, her movies, even her bike or her iPad for a phone and while she’s not quite yet ready for this big milestone, it has started some conversations between me and her father (as well as her birth mom) about how we will handle when she is ready to get her first phone.

Did you know that one cell phone carrier already has a great program in place to make preparing for a child’s first cell phone much easier? As more children begin getting their first mobile phones, parents are challenged with ensuring their kids are using their phones responsibly, courteously and safely. To make this milestone easier on both parents and kids, U.S. Cellular has developed a Parent-Child Cell Phone Agreement that can guide the conversations parents and children have about cell phone usage.

 

The Parent-Child Agreement was developed in response to data from U.S. Cellular’s Better Moments online survey, which found that half of U.S. Cellular customers with children say their kids currently own mobile phones. In addition, while 91 percent of parents set mobile phone usage guidelines for their children, 63 percent indicated they would find it helpful to have an agreement to guide their ability to supervise children’s usage and behavior with mobile devices.

 

While the agreement includes suggestions on safety and etiquette, parents also have the opportunity to create their own guidelines that focus on creating Better Moments with their families. Examples may include watching videos together on YouTube or sending fun picture messages and video chatting while away on travel. The intention is to make the agreement work for each individual family.

This Parent-Child Cell Phone Agreement that can help you guide your own family’s conversations with your children have about cell phone usage and can customize it to make it work for your your family’s specific needs. Download the agreement at www.ChildPhoneAgreement.com.

U.S. Cellular also offers free Device Workshops in July that are focused on helping families make the decision of when to get children their first phone along with ways that mobile phones can help families stay connected and strengthen relationships. At the workshops, U.S. Cellular associates will offer families tips on setting phone guidelines and the share suggestions to help with the decision of getting their child their first cell phone. For a list of Device Workshops near you visit http://goo.gl/bG4J7 or call your local U.S. Cellular location.
My second-grader isn’t going to get her smartphone just yet, I’m afraid she’s going to have to wait another year or two at least until she’s able to handle a little more responsibility. But when she is ready, I am glad to know that the folks at U.S. Cellular will be there to help us get her ready to handle this big step.

My second-grader isn’t going to get her smartphone just yet, I’m afraid she’s going to have to wait another year or two at least until she’s able to handle a little more responsibility. But when she is ready, I am glad to know that the folks at U.S. Cellular will be there to help us get her ready to handle this big step.

What cell phone expectations or rules do you set with your children?

 

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Comments

  1. My 8-year-old is begging for a smart phone too. I said if I don’t even have one, why should he get one??? LOL! It’s nice to know that there is information out there about how to set boundaries and deal with when your child does get their first phone!

  2. I love this program! We are getting our 10 year old a phone and I think it’s great that US Cellular wants to ensure that we keep our kids safe while giving them technology!

  3. As a parent of three, and two have phones–I know how important it is to communicate expectations about using a cell phone. You can’t be too clear–great tips–thanks for sharing

  4. My daughter (also 9 years old) doesn’t really care about having a phone. I would like to get her one, though, so she can contact me in an emergency. There have been times this year that she was uncomfortable asking a teacher if she could call home to let me know that something was cancelled. She ended up staying at school until I picked her up!

  5. When my kids were in HS, they didn’t have anything but the ability to call on their phones and they had to leave their phones off and in the kitchen before they went to bed at night. I think it was easy for us because it was pre-texting and pre-data times for us.

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