Some parents hesitate to give their kids the chance to use their phones considering that they might get addicted. Parents want their children to focus on their studies and using their phones could distract them. With the popularity of social media and video gaming, children have a lot of reasons to not study.
However, the use of phones is also crucial in learning. Kids learn a lot by browsing information using their phones. If you have second thoughts about this idea, you can tell your kids that they could use a mobile phone provided that they follow these rules.
Follow healthy screen time
You need to set an average screen time per day or week. Mobile devices these days already have a feature that will let you track the screen time. You can tell them to stop when they already reached their maximum time, or you can take the phone away from them.
Establish rules for downloading
Kids can download apps and video games if they want. However, you need to tell them that you will only pay for apps that are useful for their studies. For video games, you can allow them to play only at a specific time; otherwise, you will delete the downloaded game or prevent them from using the phone again.
Use parental controls
You can install parental controls on the phone so that your kids cannot open sites that are not good for them. You do not need to hide it from them. Be honest about it and tell them the reason why you decided to use the controls. You can also install a feature on your phone that notifies you if your child attempts to disable the controls.
No phone during dinnertime
You need to be strict about this rule because dinner is the time when family members gather together and reflect on their day. It is not good if children continue browsing their phones even at the dinner table. It prevents you from having a pleasant conversation with them. They will also get used to it until such time that you do not receive any information from them about their studies or social relationships.
Use radiation blockers
Another downside of allowing your kids to use a mobile device is that they could be susceptible to radiation. You need to ask them to use EMF protection jewellery. They can wear it or place it inside their bag. The protective device will block the radiation that could make them unwell. Radiation-related illnesses are a significant concern for parents especially for kids who are still in their formative years.
Ask your kids if they could follow these rules. If they agree with them, they can have a mobile device; otherwise, they might have to wait for a few more years before they get one. You also need to tell the school teachers about your rules so that they are aware of them. Providing these rules could also instil discipline among children.