My how times have changed. When I was 8 years old I didn’t even know mobile phones were around, but oh yes, they were.
This is the cell phone that was made in 1992.
Pure awesomeness I tell you.
Now-a-days though, being 8 is some what of an average age to have your first cell phone. The typical age is 12.2 years of age for their first cell phone, and 13.8 years old for their first smart phone. That holds my first question: Do your kids already have their first cell phone? How old were they when you got them a cell?
AT&T, always proactive when it comes to mobile phones and being safe, Recently they conducted a survey that sheds light on the always popular topic of kids and mobile phones together.
The survey got some shocking results back that I’m here to tell you about.
- 17 percent of kids ages 8-10 have received a mean or bullying text message from another child.
- One in four teens ages 15-17 have received mean or bullying text messages.
- Nearly half of children ages 11-14 know someone who has received a sexual message or picture over their phone; that percentage jumps to more than half for teens ages 15-17.
- 48 percent of children ages 11-14 have ridden in vehicles with people who are texting and driving. After age 15, the percentage of teens who have ridden with a driver who was texting increases to 64 percent!
Scary, isn’t it? Even after all the bans on texting and driving, even after reading in the news about texting causing so many car accident deaths, even after all that, texting while driving is still happening.
AT&T has decided not to just sit back and watch all this happen. They have decided to do something to help, and even if you aren’t an AT&T customer you can take advantage their AT&T Safety School features.
On the Safety School site you will find some of the latest products that AT&T offers but also lots of downloadable resources to help you and your family.
If you’ve Googled “cellphone time restrictions” or “app bill shock,” you may already know that a lot of
the existing wireless information is very basic – for the most part, you will find the same information for
your 8-year-old and your 18-year-old. But the problem is, that’s a huge age difference and the restrictions an 8-year-old needs are not the same as a 16, 17, or even 18 years old.
AT&T has broken it down for you so you can find the information you need for your child’s age:
So while concerns will always be there, parents have a lot of options when it comes to managing how a mobile phone is used. AT&T offers tools that can block what content may be accessed, times of day phones can be used and ways to block texts and calls from bullies. Additionally, AT&T FamilyMap can help parents locate their children and it will send alerts at predetermined times with the child’s location, such as when they should have arrived at home or school.
Makenna is almost 8 and she doesn’t have a cell phone yet and after discussing it with my husband we have about 8 more years before we even let her have one. I’m sure things will change from now till then but I’m glad I’ll have this information from AT&T now. Stay with me over the next couple months while I bring you some of these features and tell you about the awesome things I’ll be doing in my community to help parents and kids alike.
Do your kids already have their first cell phone?
How old were they when you got them a cell?
When do you plan on getting your kids their first cell phone?
Disclosure: I have been invited by AT&T to speak about the Safety School as an Ambassador. I have received monetary compensation for my time, and expertise in the program. All opinions are my own and do not reflect the experience you may have.