OK, perhaps I should start at the beginning….
At what age do you think a child should have a smartphone, if at all?
If children do have a smartphone, where do you think they get their smartphone etiquette from?
I’m not sure where I stand on this. With children aged 6 and 9, I still find it rather easy for me to say that my children are much too young and that they will not own a smartphone for a LONG time to come, but it seems like trends are changing!
And with changing trends comes new challenges like smartphone etiquette.
In November, 2014, 1500 Canadian men and women were surveyed and here are some of the findings…
Last week, my hubby shared a review of the Nokia Lumia 830, one of the many smartphone options available. He has also written articles in the past to help parents conquer various technology challenges when it comes to children like How to Set Up An ios Device to be Safer for Kids and Creating and Maintaining a Child Safe Email Account.
What I do know is that once my children are old enough to be out on their own, I likely will feel much better with the knowledge that they can have a cell phone with them in order to be able to reach me if they need assistance OR if I need or want to communicate them when they are not with me.
I also know that children look up to us as role models for how they should behave, react and engage with others so I need to be mindful of setting a good example with how I use my smartphone around my children if I want them to display proper smartphone etiquette when they eventually do get one of their own.
Do you think that Smartphone Etiquette is a Life Skill?
At what age do you feel it is appropriate or necessary for a child to own a smartphone?