Without classes and afterschool activities to fill the time, kids will likely be spending more time with their technology this summer, especially their cellphones. This gadget offers entertainment for hours with games, social media, texting and internet access. With this increased activity, it’s important kids take some extra precaution to keep their cellphones safe this summer. Here are a few of our best tips:
1. Limit Usage
67% of parents say their kids use their cellphones regularly, spending time on social media, playing games and texting friends. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages media use by children younger than age 2 and recommends limiting older children’s screen time to no more than one or two hours a day. Boundaries for when and where kids can use their phone will help limit opportunities for it to be lost, stolen or damaged.
2. Teach Responsibility
On average, a smartphone costs $500 at full retail price, which is what you would have to pay if your child’s phone was ever damaged beyond repair, lost or stolen. Helping your child understand the value of their device can encourage them to handle it responsibly and prevent accidental mistakes (like leaving it at the park or dropping it at the pool).
3. Get Insurance
54% of kids plan on spending their summer playing outside. With so many opportunities for their cellphone to become broken, stolen or misplaced, it’s important to protect their device with mobile protection, considering that nearly 30% of parents have had to replace a child’s cellphone in the past 18 months. This will protect their device against damage (including water damage), loss and theft. Ask your carrier about getting the most comprehensive coverage available for your device.
4. Keep it Dry
We all know that cellphones and water don’t mix. Asurion actually sees a spike in claims filed for water logged phones in the summer months, when families are spending more time at the pool, on the lake or at the beach. It’s important to keep phones stored safely away from the water or in a waterproof case.
5. Get a Good Case
A good cellphone case is the first line of defense against superficial damage like scratches and cracks. Doing some research to understand which case will keep your child’s phone the most protected will save you money in the long run. Active kids can be rough on phones so it’s important to take necessary precautions!