To master a smartphone and its many functions, a mature level of media literacy and media experience is required. After all, they should be able to make security settings, activate or deactivate GPS & W-LAN, and assess apps and their permissions, for example.
It is not always easy for parents to weigh up when their child can safely and responsibly operate a fully functional smartphone with mobile Internet access. The checklist "Is your child ready for a smartphone?" is intended to give parents a rough guide. On the list, parents check off what their child can already do when using a cell phone. If a clear majority of items are checked off, parents can consider providing their child with a smartphone. The prerequisite is that parents discuss the outstanding points with their child and make him or her aware of the risks.
More on the topic
- Checklist "Is your child ready for a smartphone?"
- klicksafe parents' area: Cell phones in children's hands - tips for children's cell phone use.
- klicksafe brochure: "Smart mobile? - A parents' guide to cell phones, apps and mobile networks".
- klicksafe topic area: Smartphone
- klicksafe topic area: Apps
- Handysektor.de: Information on apps, smartphones, tablets
- jugendschutz.net: App handout "Smartphone und Tablet sicher in Kinderhand" (Smartphone and tablet safe in children's hands)