If your kids are requesting for phones, it might just be the right time to get them one. How else would they text their friends, swap Instagram photos and see what others are doing on social media? Besides, you will always know where they are, and the smartphone apps could also help them keep tabs on school assignments. With today’s children being tech-savvy, it is your duty to do enough research before forking out any amount to purchase them a phone. So, how should you find the best smartphone for your children?
Before going out to buy the latest smartphone on a top tier plan, ask yourself the following questions:
- What will the phone be used for? Young children will only need a way of communicating with you in an emergency. Teens, on the other hand, will need a way to contact their friends and family, as well as access social networks and browse the web.
- What features do you need? First, consider if your children are likely to keep pestering for the latest device. Otherwise, you could get locked out of a contract, meaning that monthly plans could be a better option. If your children are not responsible, it would be unnecessary to buy expensive smartphones.
Find a Device with Parental Control Features
There are many handheld devices for kids on the market today. In addition to getting them a smartphone with the functionality they are looking for, you will also need a degree of control over what they can do with the gadget. When adults have varying preferences regarding Android and IOS operating systems, the difference between the two in terms of parental control is quite big. Smartphones operating with IOS leave you as a parent with little control over the system. Figure out the types of control you need and the best operating system for your kids. Before purchasing, investigate intensively on the parental controls available on the phone. The best kids’ phones come with features that allow parents to monitor and control their children cell phones. Some smartphones have features that make it easier to monitor phone activity. Also, be sure the features can be secured with a password. There is too much online content that is not appropriate for kids as it could be a bad influence on them.
If you plan on buying your children expensive smartphones, you certainly want them to last. Look out for established manufacturers such as Lenovo, Apple, Samsung, Alcatel, LG and Huawei. For younger kids, devices with a touchscreen may not be the best since there are high chances of having it dropped and tossed. Understand that picking a phone that is larger than your kid’s hands is not a good idea. This could cause the phone to fall and break and may also be difficult for the kid to use the device. While searching for the ideal device, look for protective cases available for the model you are considering. Some phones may have options for heavy-duty cases while others may not. You don’t have to spend too much on the case for it to be effective, but ensure it offers a screen and body protection.
Find the right Model
Finding the best and the right phone for your kid should be easy. For instance, many parents choose Alcatel One Touch T’Pop and iPhone 5 since they connect to the internet via Wi-Fi and are great for kids who love to text. Apple’s restriction settings for IOS are known to control built-in apps on the iPhone and also block access to the app store. This has, in turn, created defences to keep children from purchasing apps without supervision.
As it is, there are many great phone choices available for kids of all ages. While security features in most of them are improving, it is unfortunate that the expensive handsets tend to have the most upgrades. However, with a few pre-emptive measures together with the right apps, a cheaper phone can still be safe enough for your children to use. Be sure to set rules and discuss them with the kids before making the purchase such as setting time for games, when to make calls, and how to generally use the smartphone.
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