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A Lesson in Mobile Phone Etiquette for Students Heading Back to School

Deciding when your child gets their first mobile phone is a unique decision for each family. While smartphones can be used for entertainment, they are also a great one way for students and their parents to keep in touch during the day. They also can help with scheduling, homework and many other tasks that come up when school season starts back up.

 

These days, a majority of high school students have their own personal mobile phone or share a family smartphone, which is a privilege that calls for the responsibility to use the device in a mature manner that won’t disrupt the classroom or other social situations.

 

We recommend sitting down with your student and discussing expectations and rules on what to do – and what not to do – with the phone to ensure your top student doesn’t hurt themselves or others.

 

In addition to maintaining good grades and completing class work on time before enjoying a social life, remind them that homework comes first. Then there is time to talk to friend or play games. Classrooms are for listening, so texting or using the phone in class is a no-no.

 

If your child is of driving age, explain how important it is to not use your phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle – even at a stop sign or red light. Not only is it extremely dangerous, but it’s illegal in many states.

 

According to the i-SAFE Foundation, more than half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying. Talk to your child about never texting or sharing mean spirited or degrading comments and images about anyone, and also pay attention to signs they might be being bullied themselves.

 

Mobile phones are a great tool to help families stay connected, as well as a useful research and communication machine to help students with school work and activities. After talking to your child about use and safety expectations, consider creating a pact between you and your child where the student agrees to “dos” and “don’ts” to keep the privilege of keeping a personal smartphone.

 

We made one for you to use, in fact, to make it easier. Click here for Cricket’s mobile phone etiquette agreement your child can sign, promising to be responsible with this privilege.