Your Kid's First Smartphone: How to Choose A Suitable One

Your Kid's First Smartphone: How to Choose A Suitable One

The Straits Times
Republished with Permission
19 Dec 2021

Mr Chong Ee Jay, a cyber-wellness expert at the Focus on the Family Singapore charity, advises parents to determine "the purpose of the phone", which could guide considerations such as how much to budget for the gadget or how much data they should allow.

Parents who decide to give their child his or her first phone in primary school would probably be concerned with being able to reach their child whenever they need to, says Mr Chong.

"A simple pre-paid card for calls and SMS messaging would suffice to meet this basic need," he says.

Parents may wish to get a mobile phone that is not a smartphone, or a smartphone with strict limitations in accessing data and apps, as a first phone for their primary school-aged child, he says.

In comparison, a smartphone would be handy for teenagers in secondary school, who would typically expect to communicate with teachers and schoolmates via messaging platforms like WhatsApp, says Mr Chong.

He adds that it is not necessary to get the latest phone models for such basic functions.

He suggests that parents "consider buying their children budget, older phone models or let their children use hand-me-downs in mint condition".

For the full article, please visit Your Kid's First Smartphone: How to Choose A Suitable One.

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