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Smart phone advice and information

Vodafone & NSPCC 9 safety tips when getting a child their first mobile

  1. Set it up as a ‘child’s phone’
    Speak to your mobile provider about restricting access to certain content and to avoid overspending on the bill.
  1. Turn on apps’ safety settings
    Turn on content filters, chat filters and privacy settings, as well as restrict in-app purchases, on all applications.
  1. Restrict WiFi
    Contact your internet service provider for help in setting up content controls for devices connected to your home’s WiFi.
  1. Talk to your child
    You know when your child is old enough to talk about certain topics without becoming upset or frightened. When talking about risks, be honest but try not to catastrophise.
  1. Check location settings
    Review location settings on their favourite apps and games, then remind your kids that they shouldn’t share their location online.
  1. Know about app safety settings
    For example, TikTok has a Family Pairing feature that links a parent’s account with their child’s. Snapchat offers built-in parental control features, while Instagram has its Parental Guide for Teens with helpful tips.
  1. Don’t forget about online gaming safety
    Check each game’s age rating to make sure it is appropriate and adjust the settings to make sure chat and voice features are turned off. You can set limits on screen time too.
  1. Report harmful online content
    If you are concerned about something your child has seen online, you can visit the NSPCC page about reporting online safety concerns or call the NSPCC helpline.
  1. Know where to go for help and advice
    Vodafone’s online resources are a great place to start, helping you decide which phone is best for your child. You can learn more about safety settings in apps, in games and on devices using Digital Parenting Pro.