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Cell Phones and Kids – When Is The Right Time?

September 26th, 2012 1 comment

Considering a cell phone for your child and thinking about what age is the right age? The real question is not if, but when.

 

A YouthBeat survey from the first six months of 2012 found that 13% of children ages 6 to 10 already own one and that 12   is the most common age for that first device. 18% of kids get theirs at that age. Middle school is the clear-cut time according to Gwenn O’Keeffe, a pediatrician who last year co-wrote an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report on children and social media. She reported, “There’s a huge developmental leap between fourth and eighth grades.” Of course many experts will still say that it still depends on many factors. Here are factors most often to consider when making that crucial decision:

Here are some factors for parents to consider offered by PBS Parents Magazine:

How independent are your kids?

—Do your children “need” to be in touch for safety reasons — or social ones?

—How responsible are they?

—Can they be trusted not to text during class, disturb others with their conversations, and to use the text, photo, and video functions responsibly (and not to embarrass or harass others)?
—Can they get behind the concept of limits for minutes talked and number of texts or do they need an inexpensive, unlimited text and talk plan like Page Plus offers?Other points to consider:

—Do they lose things easily or forget them?

—Do they understand that the device is not a toy and not something that can be replaced at will, over and over without a great expense?

—Are they aware of the potentials of invasion of privacy or security and identification breaches?

—Can they take care of technology?

When will your child be ready? At the end of the day it still depends on your child’s level of maturity, responsibility and need and guess what? Once the cell phone conversation ends, the ‘when to get a car’ question is right around the corner.

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Do You Really Need Unlimited Data? Not Likely.

 

 

 

From time to time, comments crop up that “Page Plus needs to offer more data.” Some people actually believe – falsely – that they must have an unlimited data plan. In reality, however, the vast majority of smartphone users do not use more than 2 GB (gigabytes) of data per month, according to research firm NPD Connected Intelligence. The data was collected from smartphone users of Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. In fact, if you single out Verizon Wireless, only 3% of customers use more than 3 GB per month.

The “power users” in that 3% group simply tend to be more vocal about “needing” more data. They tend to stream a lot of audio and video, and don’t take advantage of Wi-Fi hot spots to supplement their cellular data usage.

And that’s strictly smartphone users. If you include feature (non-smart) phones, the average U.S. mobile subscriber uses just 450 MB (that’s megabytes, not gigabytes) of data per month, according to Q1 2012 data from research firm Nielsen.

We all need to analyze our actual data usage, use Wi-Fi when practical, and choose the plan that’s right for us. The Page Plus “55” plan, for instance, provides 2 GB of data per month, which is more than enough for 97% of people. Plus, it includes unlimited talking and unlimited texting, all for just $55 per month. So the next time you hear someone say they need unlimited data, you can do them a favor by showing them how they can save money, and at the same time get as much data as they are likely to actually need.

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Wait, you saved how much by switching to Page Plus?!?

 

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