Tips To Help Control Kids Cell Phone Usage #SprintLatino - Sammy Makes Six

Tips To Help Control Kids Cell Phone Usage #SprintLatino

This is a compensated post in collaboration with Sprint Latino. I tool part in a research study around Latina Moms and mobile security for their children. All opinions are my own.


Children in Latino communities are now getting cell phones at earlier ages. While this can be a wonderful moment in a child's life, it is at the same time pretty scary for parents. How can you as a parent control the time they spend on their cell phones and what they do when they are on them? Here are a few tips to help you and your child get off on the right foot before getting them that first cell phone. 

1. Set some guidelines and rules: Before you even get a cell phone for your child, you both have to agree on some guidelines and rules. This is where you tell them who and what they can use their phone for. ( No phones at dinner time or after 10:00 pm , etc.)

2. Find a data plan that is going to work for both of you. Remember how much teens text and talk, and take into consideration the bill. My girls were all teens when they first got their cell phones and unlimited was the only option we had because I did not want to end up with a huge bill.

3. Talk to them about cell phone safety. The internet is a dangerous place and you have to be very hands-on and really talk to them about all the dangers out there. Setting rules like no social networks, chat rooms or other iffy sites, is a good idea.

4. If you find it necessary, look into Parental Controls for your child's service. This is something I would definitely consider for Sammy if she gets a phone in the next two years. I believe that the younger the child is, the more we have to protect them while online.

5. Respect: Talk to your kids about the huge responsibility of having their own cell phone and how they have to make responsible choices. Respect goes both ways and if they can respect the rules and guidelines of having that phone, then they can be left to enjoy the use of their phone with limited supervision.

6. Monitor usage: This will all depend on your child and you. How much do you want to monitor without being invasive? It's kind of a tight rope because you might be like I am and believe in not overstepping over anyone's privacy, but at the same time, kids can get into so much online that it's necessary to check up on what they are doing.


A recent study that I took part in, found that 50% of Latina Moms want a better way to monitor their child's cell phone usage. Look over the following infographic to learn the rest of the results from this study. 



 Very interesting, that's for sure. I see that I am not the only parent who is always worrying about what their kids are getting into online. 

Do you have any tips you can share with us for helping control 

cell phone usage with children?

This is a compensated post in collaboration with Sprint Latino. I tool part in a research study around Latina Moms and mobile security for their children. All opinions are my own.

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