Telstra news has shown that more parents will get their children mobile phones this year as a means of keeping in contact with them both throughout the school day and after school hours when they may have to attend extra-curricular activities. While children will no doubt be delighted, parents see the mobile phone as a safety feature in todays climate rather than a social networking device.
Telstra news also has confirmed that many parents are not as adept in using mobile phones as their children are. Nor were they confident that they could keep their children on a mobile phone budget. This is why pre-paid plans are so popular. At least the children or rather, their parents – are not hit with a huge bill at the end of the month when they opt for a pre-paid plan.
In fact, many younger teens are quite happy to take apart-time job to help pay their mobile phone bill. But those in primary school dont have this option, unless they do jobs around the home for pay.
Telstras news offers tips for parents to ensure mobile phone safety for children include call barring to help prevent expensive calls; pre-paid plans; working with school teachers to encourage responsible mobile phone usage during school hours, labelling the mobile phone to prevent theft, and making sure their Bluetooth is not discoverable.
Telstra news items also encourages children not to send photos or text messages that they only want their best friend to see because it can easily get passed around, and not to accept any offer if it sounds too good to be true. Children should also use their phones security features.