Parents want reassurance that their children are safe and they can keep in touch when not with them. Likewise, children want the security of having a phone, to keep in touch in an emergency, when lost or for a specific need and ultimately to not feel left out amongst peers. However, parents are concerned about how much screen time their kids are getting, what they’re doing while they’re on their devices, and how that can interfere with their education. The Family Link app from Google helps to address all of the above.
At the grand of 10 years old, Roo has her first mobile phone. To her, she has waited forever for it, to me, however, I am still very nervous about the prospect of her having her own mobile. Initially, we had always said that she wouldn’t get one until she started high school as she would be travelling via public transport etc, so we’d need to be able to keep in touch with her.