There has been a lot of information in the news lately about how our smartphones are ruining our lives. There’s even more information out there about how we should limit the time teens spend on their phones.
This is true. It isn’t healthy to be glued to your phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, no matter how old you are, but that doesn’t mean cell phones are all bad. There are actually some really good reasons to get your kid a smartphone!
Whether you’re getting your teen a phone for the first time, you’re upgrading to a smartphone, or it’s just time to replace that old dinosaur, here are some tips that will make the process a lot less painful.
Decide What Kind of Phone to Buy
The first thing you have to decide is what kind of phone to buy. This may be the easiest part of the process if you listen to your teen. Chances are, they already know what they want!
However, there is more to consider than just their wishes alone. Price is a big one. According to Deal News, “New Android phones can see discounts relatively soon after they’re released, but iPhone prices tend to stay high.”
That means you can get a great deal on an Android, but you’ll pay more for an iPhone. However, iPhones tend to retain their value a little better. You can also consider buying older models to save money.
Know When to Buy
It isn’t enough just to know what kind of phone you want to buy. You also have to know when to buy!
That’s because prices can vary widely, depending on when you purchase your phone. Carriers and manufacturers run deals all the time, and some are better than others.
Make sure you check out all the Apple coupons and Android coupons that can be found online when you’re deciding what to buy so you can save as much as possible.
Know How to Use the Phone
Your child probably doesn’t need much help when it comes to figuring out tech. You probably do, so when your child brings that phone home, you probably just let them figure it all out.
In order to keep your child safe, you need to know how to use it too. Some tips include:
- Knowing how to unlock the welcome screen
- Monitoring your teen’s activities with downloadable apps
- Restricting access to apps that require credit card information
Don’t Forget About the Plan
Your cell phone plan is just as important as the phone you choose! There are some really great, affordable options out there you may not know about. When getting a new phone, take the time to reevaluate your plan options too.
You don’t have to dread buying a new phone for your teen. It can be fun! With the tips on this list, you can get input from your child, save money, and feel good knowing you’re keeping your kid safe.