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Is my child ready for a phone?

Your child's first phone is a big step in a new direction

We’re sure you agree that one of the best things of being a parent is celebrating all the “firsts” in their lives - their first word, their first step, their first day at school and so many more. But then there’s some “firsts” that feel a lot bigger (and a wee bit scary), like the decision to get them their first smartphone. The good news is, when you do decide your child can have their first smartphone, it signals you trust them and consider them mature to handle responsibility. But if you still need some assurance on your decision, don’t worry, we’ve heard your call (yeah, it’s not our best pun)

My First phone

Smartphones are a privilege

Smartphones are a privilege, not a right

Before you buy the phone, it’s important to discuss and agree to certain boundaries around smartphone ownership. This includes discussing screen time, what the phone will be used for and limits on privacy of information. These rules may seem like a lot to discuss before you even hand the device to your child, but we recommend doing this early so that expectations are clear from the very beginning and you don't have to resort to taking the phone away every time you need an ownership rule to be followed.

A good phone doesn't have to be expensive

A good phone doesn’t have to be expensive

We’re all driven to buy the latest and greatest when it comes to technology. But if this is your kid’s first phone, which you are paying for, you know you’d like to make a smart choice. You could begin with the time-tested “hand-me-down” method by passing your current phone to them and getting yourself a sweet upgrade. But if you prefer a new device, Vodafone offers a range of smartphones with great features at affordable plan rates.

Responsible phone ownership means paying for costs

Costs are not just limited to calls and texts. Most children want to buy apps or make in-game purchases on their smartphones. Make it clear that such costs will have to be borne by them, not you. If your child is too young to cover even these basic costs, then they are probably too young to have a smartphone.

Since the phone will also be a safety device to let you know where you child is, we recommend getting a family plan like Red Share which allows you to control the minutes, TXTs and data being used on your child’s smartphone. If you child needs more, then they must be encouraged to discuss why with their parents before they can be granted any additional allowances beyond a basic plan.

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