Online Cell Phone Safety Tips For Kids

At kajeet, we think that some things that naturally fit in with 'cell phones for kids' are 'trust', 'safety' and 'open communication'. 

When you give your kids cell phones, you're also potentially giving them access to the Internet. With kajeet Parental Controls, you can ease this experience by limiting their access to certain websites using the Mobile Web permissions in FeatureManager.

Once your kids get older and more ambitious to surf more from their handsets, it's a good idea to have a conversation with them to make sure they understand the importance of safe online usage.  There are websites that offer a set of rules that you can go through together.  Here's an example from the FEMA For Kids website:

  1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parent's work address/telephone number, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.
  2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
  3. I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" online without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
  4. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
  5. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way makes me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do, I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the online service.
  6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online. We will decide upon the time of the day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.

Source: FEMA For Kids (Reprinted courtesy of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678).


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