- Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
- Back to School
- Cellphone Parenting
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Early Childhood
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social
- Learning with Technology
- Marketing to Kids
- Mental Health
- News and Media Literacy
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Screen Time
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- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Technology Addiction
- Violence in Media
What are the basic safety rules for cell phones?
Parents: discuss these basic safety rules before you give your kid a cell phone.
- Be respectful, both to the people you're texting with and those around you.
- Be careful. Assume that even private texts can become public.
- Verify the caller or texter. Don't respond to numbers you don't know.
- Always answer the phone when it's Mom or Dad!
- Ask permission before you snap someone's picture, take a video, or forward a photo.
- Don't publicly embarrass people. Don't post someone's photo -- especially an unflattering one -- from your phone without his or her permission.
Apps and downloads
- Manage costs. Make sure your kids understand that they're spending real money when they download apps, games, and music. Consider giving them an allowance for downloads or password-protecting the download function.
- Use parental controls. Depending on the age of your kid, consider using the settings to filter out age-inappropriate content, restrict downloads, and prevent in-app purchases.
- Be selective, not impulsive. Make sure kids know to be very choosy about what they post from their phones.
- Be safe. Explain the risks involved in using location services.
What basic cell phone safety rules do you have for your kids?