The Fine 9 Smartphone Tips

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1. Set up guidelines

commonsensealiengraphicGuidelines are like training wheels when your children start using smartphones. They help them to learn the basics and protect against mistakes. Common Sense Media has a great Family Media Agreement for all ages to help guide any family as they discuss how to move forward.

2. Think before you post

Once you click “share,” it’s hard to take it back. Every post has impact and your child should think  through whether it’s okay to post. Here’s a flowchart that’s a great resource to for anyone to use to help them think before they post.

3. It’s best not to overshare

What is shared online is up to you, the parent, and your child. This video by iKeepSafe is great tool to help your child remember to not overshare.

4. What you say online has real life consequences

Like many other social situations, some kids bully other kids online. AT&T takes the infinite magic of connectivity seriously, which is why we helped form the #LaterHaters movement. While a tap or swipe can instantly deliver a “like” from your crush or BFF, it can also serve up unexpected hate. later_hatersResources on how to combat online cyberbullying can be found here and you can learn more about the #LaterHaters movement here, which includes resources and tips from your kid’s favorite social media influencers on how to rise above negativity on social media.

5. Passwords matter, so make them strong

Everyone loves the family pet, but is Spike’s name the safest password? Safety and security of a smartphone isn’t hard, but it’s up to you to make it happen. Here is a collection of resources that can help.

6. Build a reputation you’ll be proud of tomorrow

With your guidance, children can create a positive online image that can help enhance their reputation and could even impress colleges or future employers. (You know high school graduation will be here before you know it!) You can find more digital footprint resources here.

7. Don’t text and drive

ICWDistracted driving is never okay, because you are never alone on the road. It. Can. Wait. Take the pledge to never drive distracted and encourage your children to do the same. Millions have already taken the IT CAN WAIT pledge here. Discuss this behavior with your children and join the movement to help save lives.

8. Be app aware

The power of the smartphone are all the apps one can download. There’s an app for anything these days, and some of very quirky names! But as a parent, there might be some apps you think your kids just shouldn’t have yet. Knowledge is power, and with this Common Sense Media Glossary you can learn about today’s most common apps and what they do to make a decision that’s right for your family.

9. Learn something new

WaKhannt to learn how to code a website? How to cook a certain meal for dinner? How to solve the world’s hardest math problem? Or read everything about George Washington? It’s all online, no matter what you or your children are interested in! Find more educational resources, for kids of all ages, here.

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