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Children and mobile phone use

How your children should use the mobile phone?

Sound mobile phone use by children

The mobile phone is a symbol of growing up for children

The mobile phone is the first piece of technology they have in their possession. They also have their own “telephone number”! Α mobile phone device in the hands of children corresponds to their need to create their own special identity, especially during adolescence.

The mobile phone is the mediator for communication between children and adolescents

Nowadays, children use new and different forms of communicating with one another, via their mobile phone. Communication never ends, but unfolds through sequences of messages, with their own codes and language. This different language corresponds to their need to differentiate themselves from grown ups and to gain their special identity.

The mobile phone is a means of independence for the child

Children manage their daily schedule with their mobile phone, without intervention; they arrange meetings with friends, talk with anyone they want to, for as long as they want to, without parental control or supervision.

There is a paradox here: while parents feel they control their children through the mobile phone, adolescents believe that the mobile phone helps them be free and become independent of parental control.

Negative impact

Excessive use of mobile phone can have negative impact when:

Parents are not in a position to supervise and know how their child communicates, and are unable to provide advice;

Parents do not discuss the contacts and activities they engage in through the mobile phone with their children and lose the opportunity to share their emotions and interests with them

Children communicate excessively with their mobile phone, which limits personal contact with their friends.

What should parents do?

Parents should set aside more time for essential contact and communication with their children. They should encourage them to also have live, face to face moments with their friends, not only over the mobile phone and the internet!

Advice for the Child

The mobile phone is a personal device. The child should understand the responsibility of owning this device and never give it to strangers.

The PIN code for the SIM card is strictly personal and the child should never disclose it to anyone.

The child should not use Bluetooth except in limited cases to communicate with friends, and should always have it deactivated when not in use. In addition, the child should never accept any messages from unknown users via Bluetooth.

The child should not answer calls from unknown or concealed numbers, and should not exchange text messages or any other content with strangers.

The mobile phone camera should be used with extreme caution! No person should take pictures or video of any other person without their approval and consent.

The child should be informed about premium charge numbers. Alternatively, parents should contact the Customer Service Department and activate the service to block calls to premium charge numbers and access to adult only applications.

Advise your children about their mobile phone
  • The mobile phone is a personal device. The child should understand the responsibility of owning this device and never give it to strangers.
  • The PIN code for the SIM card is strictly personal and the child should never disclose it to anyone.
  • Ask your child to not use Bluetooth, except in limited cases to communicate with friends and to always have it deactivated when not in use. Also stress that the child should never accept any messages from unknown users via Bluetooth.
  • Recommend that your child does not answer calls from unknown or concealed numbers, and does not exchange text messages or any other content with strangers.
  • Advise your child that the mobile phone camera should be used with extreme caution! You should stress that it is not permitted to photograph or video record other people without their consent.
  • You should inform your child about the existence of premium charge numbers or contact the Customer Service Department and activate the service to block calls to premium charge numbers or access to applications that are exclusively intended for adults.

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