Parents: Discuss these basic safety rules before you give your kid a cellphone.
- Be respectful, both to the people you're texting with and those around you.
- Be careful. Assume that even private texts can become public.
- Verify the caller or texter. Don't respond to numbers you don't know.
- Always answer the phone when it's Mom or Dad!
- Ask permission before you snap someone's picture, take a video, or forward a photo.
- Don't publicly embarrass people. Don't post someone's photo -- especially an unflattering one -- from your phone without their permission.
Apps and downloads
- Manage costs. Make sure your kids understand that they're spending real money when they download apps, games, and music. Consider giving them an allowance for downloads or password-protecting the download function.
- Use parental controls. Depending on the age of your kid, consider using the settings to filter out age-inappropriate content, restrict downloads, and prevent in-app purchases.
- Be selective, not impulsive. Make sure kids know to be very choosy about what they post from their phones.
- Be safe. Explain the risks involved in using location services.
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