The Parent's Comprehensive Guide to Smartphones for Children

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Parents nowadays cannot imagine a world in which children would need smartphones to get by; yet, between school, work, and coordinating pick-ups and drop-offs, more parents are choosing to buy smartphones for their children. Continue reading to find answers to common questions asked by parents like you about purchasing a smartphone for your child!

Common Questions Asked by Parents Buying Smartphones for Children

Are you considering buying a cell phone for your young child or tween? Whether you are buying a device, wondering what device to buy, or monitoring an infant's smartphone usage, Northbridge Walmart is here to help.

At what age should I buy my child a smartphone?

The average age at which an American child gets a cell phone is 10.3 years old. Having said that, no two children are alike, and there is no "right age" for your child to get a device. Ask yourself the following questions to help you decide based on your child's maturity level.

Does my child need to keep in touch with me for safety reasons or to coordinate pick-ups and drop-offs?

Will my child follow limitations on minutes, screen time, and data usage?

Is my child responsible enough to keep track of and care for a device?

Does my child understand how to use a device responsibly?

Will the device be a distraction for my child in-class and in social scenarios?

Which smartphone should I buy my child?

teenage girl on cell phone at school

You may have a difficult time choosing the right phone for your child. The key is to find a device that offers the latest technology and parental controls without breaking the bank. A new phone is certainly possible, but remember that your child is bound to drop and crack it often. Browse budget-friendly devices such as the Apple iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S10e, or Google Pixel 3a instead of spending a small fortune.

There is also the iPod Touch, which is popular. In spite of being an MP3 player, the iPod Touch includes everything your child could ask for, including iOS messaging, FaceTime, impressive storage, a 4-inch display, and a long battery life. The best part about the iPod Touch is that it's inexpensive and doesn't charge you a monthly fee for cellular service.

As an alternative to buying a new cell phone, you might consider repurposing your old smartphone for your child or buying a certified pre-owned device. iFixandRepair, for example, offers like-new phones for a fraction of the price of a new device.

How can I protect my children on their smartphones?

When it comes to buying smartphones for children, most parents are concerned with safety. If you want to effectively protect your children on their devices, discuss cybersecurity, cyberbullying, and responsible cell phone usage with them. Ensure they understand the permanence of online activity, and how poor choices can negatively affect them in the future. You may also want to set parental controls on their devices.

Parental controls allow you to block explicit content, restrict websites, block specific apps, and lock "Find My Friends" so that your kid cannot stop sharing his or her location.

Should I monitor my child’s smartphone usage?

To return to the question of maturity, if you worry that your child isn't mature enough to manage a mobile phone, it might be tempting to spy on their texts, social media, and photos. If you want to protect your child, you know better than anyone how to do it. However, it's best to avoid spying and instead, encourage an environment of open communication. If your child feels comfortable telling you about mistakes he or she has made online or cyberbullying threats, you'll feel less inclined to monitor their smartphone usage.

You can contact iFixandRepair for more information about buying smartphones for children, and for help setting up parental controls. We stock a wide selection of certified pre-owned smartphones that may be perfect for your child. In our stores, every phone is inspected, refurbished, and warrantied, so you can be sure you're getting a great gadget without the hefty price tag. Browse available devices at your local iFixandRepair Northbridge Walmart today!

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