Is my child old enough to have his or her own smartphone?
Many parents want a clear age statement as an answer to this question. However, it makes more sense than looking at age to consider the child's stage of development.
With the klicksafe checklist "Is my child fit for his or her own smartphone? "parents can check alone or together with their child whether he or she is ready for a smartphone or not.
Can smartphones be set to be childproof?
There can be no complete protection against negative content and experiences when using smartphones. Nevertheless, it is highly advisable to exhaust the possibilities that technical protective measures can offer.
The klicksafe info sheet "Technical settings: Smartphone and Tablet " provides parents with a guide to the most important parental control settings on devices with the iOS and Android operating systems.
What rules about the smartphone are important?
With a smartphone, children potentially have access to the entire Internet. In addition to all the exciting and entertaining things, however, it also includes a whole range of harmful or dangerous content. It doesn't make sense to wait until the first problems arise, but to talk to children in advance about possible dangers and to point out options for action. Due to the wide range of risks(cybergrooming, cyberbullying, hate speech, fake news and much more), not all issues can be resolved in a single conversation. Rather, parents should be prepared to stay in a continuous exchange with the child to accompany online activities. To avoid constant discussions about smartphone use in families, rules drawn up jointly and at an early stage can also help.The following materials provide parents with further useful tips.