Monday 24 July 2017

Tips to consider when setting ground rules

Set a clear limit on running costs. Most parents opt for 'pay as you go' phones. The majority of children in Ireland spend about €10 a month on their mobile phones. Discuss how and when the phone can be used. Schools do not allow mobile phones to be switched on during class time. Parents can set up dual access to their child's phone. Access to certain services can also be barred on a child's handset. Agree in advance to whom a child can give their mobile phone number. This generally includes family and close friends. Discuss the dangers of giving a phone number to strangers. Talk to your child in advance about the appropriate use of camera phones. Explain that sending a text while angry or upset can be a bad idea since it may come across as nastier than intended. Make it clear that if your child receives a text or phone call which makes them uncomfortable, they should tell you immediately. Keep a record of any inappropriate texts. The Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland (ISPAI) has produced a guide on the use of mobile phones for children. For more information check out their website www.ispai.ie

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Irish Independent

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