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Taking Care of Your First Mobile Phone – A Guide for Kids

Getting a first mobile phone is an exciting time, but it’s also important for them to know how to take care of it so it stays in good shape and keeps them safe. This guide will help them learn all about looking after their mobile phone.

Power Off and Restart After Putting in the SIM Card

When you get your new phone, you’ll need to put in a SIM card to make calls and send messages. But before doing that, make sure to power off your phone. Then gently insert the SIM card into the special slot (you might need help from an adult). Finally, turn your phone back on. This makes sure your phone recognises the SIM card and works properly.

Keep Your Phone’s Software Updated

Sometimes your phone will ask to update its software. It’s important to do these updates because they make your phone work better and keep it safe from problems. Be aware that you can set your phone to update automatically, but that doesn’t mean that it actually will, so regular searches for updates manually are always recommended.

Know Where Your Phone Is at All Times

Your phone is a valuable possession, so it’s essential to keep track of it. Make it a habit to know where your phone is at all times. Keep it in a safe place when you’re not using it, like in your bag, pocket, or a designated spot at home. By being aware of its whereabouts, you can help prevent it from getting lost or misplaced.

Use a Screen Protector

The screen is the part that can easily get scratched or cracked. To keep it safe, use a screen protector. It’s like a special shield that goes on top of the screen. You can choose a tempered glass protector or a thin film one. If the screen protector gets damaged, you can replace it easily.

Get a Strong Phone Case

You know how sometimes things slip out of your hands? Well, a phone case can protect your phone if it falls. Look for one that covers the whole phone and can handle bumps. It’s even better if it has a raised edge around the screen, so if it falls face-down, the screen doesn’t get hurt. Just make sure you can still press the buttons and plug in your headphones and charger with the case on.

Keep Your Phone Away from Water

Water and phones don’t mix well, like oil and water. So, make sure to keep your phone away from water. Don’t take it to the bathroom as there is a risk of dropping it in the toilet, bath or sink. If your phone accidentally falls in water, turn it off right away and ask an adult for help.

Be Careful with Extreme Temperatures

Just like you don’t like extreme heat or cold, phones don’t either. Try not to leave your phone in the sun for too long because it can get too hot. And in winter, don’t leave it outside in the freezing cold. Phones work best when they’re at a comfortable temperature.

Charge Your Phone Properly

To keep your phone’s battery healthy, charge it properly. Use the charger provided by the manufacturer or a reputable brand and try and charge it before it goes into ‘low power mode’. The general advice is that it’s best to keep it between 30%-90% wherever possible. When connecting your phone to the charger, make sure to insert the charger’s connector into the charging port on your phone securely. It should fit snugly without any force. Be gentle and avoid bending or damaging the charging cable.

Close Multiple Tabs Down Every Night

If you use the internet on your phone, you might open multiple tabs or web pages. It’s a good habit to close these tabs down every night before you go to bed. This helps your phone run smoothly and saves battery life. To close a tab, simply tap the small “x” on each tab or use the “Close All Tabs” option in your internet browser.

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