Essential Tips on Setting Up Your Child’s First Smartphone

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Giving a child his or her first smartphone provides a unique teachable moment when parents can ensure that their child gets off on the right foot in the mobile realm.


As many parents gifted smartphones to their kids this past holiday season, there’s no better time than now to help them establish their children’s good smartphone habits. As such, the experts at Zact Mobile ( offer the following tips on what to do before handing over that new device:

  •        Choose a password together, so you can both access the device;
  •       Set up Contacts with key names and numbers, so your child has them at their fingertips;
  •       Download and set up the apps you are willing to let your child use, and discuss the rules for future downloads;
  •       Establish – and put in writing – family ground rules for phone use, including times when it is off limits to use; and
  •       Talk with your child about privacy, content and the consequences of misusing their new phone.

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Additional tips can be found in this handy infographic from Zact: “Setting Up Your Child’s First Smartphone.”

Self Disclosure: Zact sponsored feature. No products were received to facilitate this feature. Info provided by Zact.

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