Local Mom Scoop has been on a 4-week journey partnering with Verizon trying to decide what is the right age to give your child a smartphone.
I partnered with Verizon and other mom bloggers to discuss if your child is ready for a smartphone, the benefits of giving your child a cell phone and how Verizon is giving parents peace of mind with their Just Kids Plan #JustKidsPlan.
This subject is incredibly important, especially to me, because my daughter is asking for a phone as she enters middle school this year. It’s been a definite “NO” up until now.
After posting on my Instagram, it was amazing to see the comments from other parents on this topic. You can see the posts below and join the discussion.
Get The Scoop On What Is The Right Age To Give Your Child A Smartphone
WEEK 1 – What is the right age to give your child a smartphone?
It can be a daunting (difficult, complex) process starting with when is the right time? Which device is best? How to manage filters and parental controls and more.
The journey has created a wonderful discussion. What I’ve learned is that there really is no right age. I think the most common age is 10 years old as I’ve seen with 4th and 5th graders at my own daughter’s school.
Each child is so different when it comes to having a smartphone and so is each family situation.
WEEK 2 – What are the benefits of giving your child a Smartphone?
On Local Mom Scoop Instagram page, I’ve been able to create a dialogue about the benefits of giving your child a smartphone. After much discussion, I came up with 3 benefits for giving your child a smartphone.
Knowing the location of your child is an important one for example after school activities or summer camps. I’ve found other moms feel them useful for sleepovers and keeping in contact with their child.
Allowing your child to be able to contact you or you with them is a really important benefit. This could be in case of an emergency, late picking up from school or stuck in traffic. When you can give your child peace of mind, then the anxiety will go away.
Educating kids on the use of a smartphone is another benefit. With that comes, learning how to navigate the tech world, discussing issues like cyberbullying, group text talk and social media platforms.
Week 3 – What is the Verizon’s JUST KIDS PLAN?
After speaking to one of the Verizon sales associates, I was able to learn more about Verizon’s Just Kids Plan.
This plan give parents peace of mind while freedom for them.
A few options I liked were,
1) Provides filters
2) Prevents in App Purchases
3) Gives parents time limits so they can focus on school work or family time
4) Allows for trusted contacts
It’s the plan that’s made with your kids in mind. They get 5 GB of data, you get simple parental controls to monitor their data usage and keep tabs on who they’re talking to.
If you want to check out all the features and more, go to Verizon Wireless.
WEEK 4 – The discussion continues on the FB Live Stream sponsored by Verizon.
Our FB Live stream sponsored by Verizon was a huge success! The Online Mom and Local mom Scoop chatted about many of these questions above along with what are the 3 C’s and the Verizon Just Kids brand new line of service which comes with filters and parental controls.
WATCH THE REPLAY
There will be a Twitter Chat on Tuesday, July 2 to keep the discussion going.
And don’t forget to check out Verizon’s Just Kids plan which will take the mystery out of the tech and controls so you can focus on parenting.
As for me, I’m feeling more comfortable about getting a smartphone for my child knowing these parental controls are there.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT GETTING YOUR CHILD A SMARTPHONE?