The Biggest Risks from Modern Mobile Phones
Kids and teens today are growing up in a completely different world – they face problems that we didn’t have when we were younger. Modern parents have a duty to their children to know the risks that come with technology and mobile phones, before it is too late.
Think your child wont be affected by sexting? Well the stats disagree, and the consequences can be serious.
According to a UK survey on teenage mobile phone habits 6/10 UK youths have been asked to send a sexual image or video of themselves. Shockingly, 25% of those asked actually did send an explicit image of themselves. Even more shockingly, 1/3rd of those who sent an image, sent it to a someone they knew online but not in real life.
Unfortunately the sad truth is that anything shared online, over text or through apps can be saved and used to harass, blackmail or embarrass your child, which can be really distressing.
Studies have shown that when children stay up on their mobile phones this can dramatically affect their school performance. A good nights sleep, without the distractions of a mobile, will help your child achieve their potential.
Online bullying is a growing problem for UK youths, where 1 in 4 state they have experienced something upsetting on social media. Being bullied online can be more devastating as kids are no longer able to leave their problems, and bullies, in the playground. In some cases, your child might not even know who their ‘online’ bully is.
Grooming or ‘catfishing’ (pretending to be someone else online) is a big issue in the UK. Be sure to teach your children to be cautious with strangers online and to be honest with you about who they are speaking to. Children shouldn’t be punished for trying to make friends but if they are keeping secrets or behaving differently this could be a cause for concern.
Child Phone Protection Recommendations
To mitigate the risks identified It would seem a good idea to use available technology in a Mobile Phone Network to:
- Monitor Calls and SMS
- Agree on acceptable behaviour by agreeing on terms that are clear and understood
- Agree on bedtime and allowable times at school
- Talk regularly and share information about correspondence that may be of concern
- Block callers of concern immediately
- Be constantly on the look out for changes in behaviour or unexplained secrecy
A brand new parent-child friendly mobile network has recently launched called ParentShield. It was designed to allow children to have the independence of a mobile but with some parental protection.
The network provides a sim which can be used in any unlocked mobile phone. It works like any normal SIM card and offers great coverage all over the UK.
Unique Features of the ParentShield SIM
- Records all calls and texts to and from the sim card
- All texts and calls can be viewed in online ‘parent’ portal
- Unwanted texts or calls can be blocked at the touch of a button
- Internet can be turned on or off
- Free calls to home
- Time controls stop calls and texts after bedtime
- Adjustable security options so that your child can get more freedom as they grow up.
You should aim to be honest with your child about the risks of owning a mobile phone as well as the abilities of a ParentShield SIM – this encourages your child to be honest with you if they do face any problems.
Start your conversation about the benefits and dangers of a mobile phone as early as possible and consider using a sample contract for providing a mobile phone with your child. This is a good way of agreeing beforehand, how the phone will be used, and treated.
You’re in control with ParentShield – so you know they’re safe. Click here or on the link below to find the best safe SIM plan for your children.
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Comparison: Child-friendly SIM vs an Adult Network SIM
|Feature||Adult SIM||Child Friendly SIM card|
|Premium Rate Calls||✔️||❌|
|Totally Capped Costs||✔️||❌|
|User Assumed to have Authority||✔️||❌|
|Daily Data Budgeting||❌||✔️|
|Only Children Allowed as Users||❌||✔️|
|Special needs features||❌||✔️|
|Recommended By professionals for child use||❌||✔️|