Free cellphone workshop is July 26

Jul 01, 2014

In a recent U.S. Cellular survey, respondents indicated that 13 was an appropriate age for a child to receive his or her first mobile phone, whereas five years ago this age was 15. Because the appropriate time can vary from family to family, parents can be challenged with how best to introduce their child to their first phone. To make this process as easy as possible for both parents and kids, U.S. Cellular recommends that families work together on guidelines for cellphone usage to ensure that children are using their phones responsibly, courteously and safely.

U.S. Cellular is offering a free device workshop at 10 a.m. July 26, at 225 Town Center Loop, Waynesville. During the workshop, U.S. Cellular associates will offer families tips on setting phone guidelines and share suggestions to help with the decision.

“Providing a child with their first mobile phone is a big milestone for any parent, and U.S. Cellular wants to provide tools to ensure this process goes as smooth as possible,” said Jack Brundige, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Western North Carolina. “Mobile devices are an essential part of our daily lives and with a high speed network families are able to stay connected wherever they live, work or play.”

For parents who are looking to purchase a new mobile device for their child, U.S. Cellular recommends the following tips to help ensure their children’s usage is both safe and courteous:

— Establish guidelines: According to the same U.S. Cellular survey, 72 percent of respondents said they have rules regarding their child’s cellphone use.

— Set up their phone: Take the time to set up a child’s phone to ensure they only have access to phone features and apps that are appropriate for their age.

— Monitor usage: Regularly checking in on your child’s mobile phone usage can ensure they are using their phone safely and responsibly.

U.S. Cellular has a variety of apps and tools to help parents teach their children responsible cellphone practices and monitor use.

For more information, call 777-0193.