What are the basic safety rules for cell phones?

Parents: discuss these basic safety rules before you give your kid a cell phone.

Texting

  • Be respectful, both to the people you're texting with and those around you.
  • Be careful. Assume that even private texts can become public.

Calling

  • Verify the caller or texter. Don't respond to numbers you don't know.
  • Always answer the phone when it's Mom or Dad!

Taking pictures

  • 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.

Posting

  • 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?

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Parent of a 11 year old written by lindsay l.

I don't think this is "setting rules." Setting rules should be boundaries with how much they go on their phone and taking it away when they are doing homework or something like that.