Getting your child their first smartphone doesn’t have to be daunting with help from the NSPCC and Vodafone.
Parents celebrate many important milestones in their children’s lives. First words, first steps, and the first day of school. Getting your child their first phone is one of those momentous milestones.
It will become a permanent part of their lives, and it should be an empowering moment. But there are risks, and this can change a special moment into one of fear and uncertainty for parents and children.
We want to help make this a more positive experience for children and parents, ensuring you feel safe and secure from day one of this brand-new chapter in your child’s life.
At the NSPCC, we hear from parents about the main concerns they have for their child when getting their first smartphone. Here, we talk about what these worries are and, most importantly, what you can do if you share them.
Children’s understanding of online risk
What do parents say?
Parents tell us that they often talk to their children about the risks that may come with their first phone. They want their children to be prepared and act with caution when exploring all the new games and other apps that they now have at their fingertips. But parents often tell us that when they have these conversations, it sometimes feels like their messages aren’t getting through. Parents tell us this can be frustrating and makes them feel powerless to prevent their child experiencing harm on their new device.