Cellphones, Your Kids and Personal Safety

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In today’s tech savvy world, the whole “Should I give me kid a smartphone?”question is a real head scratcher for many parents. Sure, smartphones have their perks but there’s this nagging worry about the personal safety of our kids when they have these gadgets in their hands. Let’s talk about some important safety concerns parents should consider before handing over a smartphone to their kiddos.

1. Stranger Danger On-line

Okay, so here’s the biggie, online predators. The internet is like a vast ocean, and there are some not-so-mice sharks swimming around. When kids have cellphones, they can easily chat with strangers on social media, games , or texts. These interactions can turn scary real quick, putting our kids at risk of falling into dangerous situations.

2. Cyber-bullying Blues

Another big concern is cyberbullying. Bullies aren’t just on the playground anymore; they’re hiding behind screens. Kids can receive hurtful messages or threats on their phones, which can mess with their emotions and mental health.

3. Too Much Adult Stuff

The internet has it’s dark corners, and kids can accidentally stumble upon some pretty nasty stuff – graphic images, violent videos, or worse. It’s not something we want our children exposed to.

4. Location Sharing

Most cellphones come with GPS, which can be great for safety. But if kids share their location with the wrong people, they might as well be handing out maps to their front door.

5. Sketchy Downloads

Most kids might not know the difference between a safe app and a risky one. They could end up downloading bad stuff, like viruses, malware, or clicking on links that try to trick them into giving away personal info. YIKES!

6. Peer Pressure 2.0

Kids are super impressionable. Online, they can feel the pressure to do things they shouldn’t, like sharing personal info or joining in on crazy online dares just to fit on with their digital buddies.

7. Keeping an eye on things

When kids have cellphones, it could be tough for parents to keep tabs on what their doing online. This can make it harder to spot any safety issues or protect them from harm.


Our view is that children should not have access to smartphones. A smarter alternative is a good old Basic Cellphone. These are traditional cellphones with limited features, primarily designed for calling and texting. They offer a way for parents to stay in touch with their children without the distraction of a smartphone.

In a nutshell, deciding whether to give your child a cellphone is not a “one size fit all” thing. But of you do, it is crucial to have open conversations about online safety, set clear rules, and use parental controls to keep an eye on what they’re up to. After all, it’s all about balancing the cool tech word with good old-fashioned safety and common sense.

Michael Alban
COBRA™ Self Defense Instructor #552