No doubt about it, mobile phones are keeping families connected!
In an era when kids often have two working parents, many families have two or more smartphones. Divorced or traveling parents feel less separated from their kids when they can call them from anywhere they happen to be. Kids have the safety net of being able to contact their parents whenever they need them.
So, how could owning mobile phones have anything but a positive effect on a family? Here are a few smartphone snags that have popped up recently.
Kids, especially, can spend hours of time texting. Homework can suffer, family time is lost and kids get obsessed with staying in constant touch with their friends. It’s a great idea to place time limits on your kids’ phone use, and enforce them. Too much text-time’s not great for the kids, and takes precious time from other, more important family activities.
Mobile malware can disrupt the life of a family in lots of ways. Newer forms of SMS malware can run your phone bill sky-high. Viruses and bots can compromise the use of your phones and, unfortunately, your kids can be the worst offenders when it comes to following mobile safety rules. Teach your kids not to accept uninvited offers and messages, set parental controls, and protect all your family’s phones with strong mobile security. Reliable mobile protection is the best way to preserve your family’s privacy and safety.
Blending business with home time
Some families suffer when a parent can’t seem to leave the job in the workplace. Parents spending time on business calls and texting at the expense of family time is a common complaint among mobile families. It’s a good idea to carve out some family time by turning the phones off for a period each evening. Let the phone serve you, rather than control your time.
Games and app downloads
Another activity that probably needs to be practiced in moderation is social networking. Facebook can be addictive for kids and adults. Kids, especially, need to understand the mobile safety issues surrounding social networking. Never accept someone you don’t know as a friend, don’t share private or locational information, and don’t geo-tag photos when the family’s away from home. Make sure your kids know that every time they agree to an app on Facebook, their private information’s being shared.
Smartphone families are growing in numbers every day. Take advantage of the benefits of closer communication, and all the fun that mobile devices provide, but remember to practice moderation and good mobile security habits.
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