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Did you know that Zact mobile services conducted a survey that found 73% of U.S. parents are concerned about the lack of parental control of a childs activities on mobile devices? My kids are not quite old enough to have a smartphone of their own but they practically live on mine. I'm always hearing “Mom can I have your phone?”. It doesn't even feel like it's mine sometimes.
When my kids are old enough to have a cell phone I totally fear them going over data/minute allowances and finding something on the web that's not appropriate. When the time comes I will definitely need a low costing cell phone plan with built in parental controls. It's crazy how much smartphone usage will increase among children over the next few years. After all, everyone and their dog has one these days. It's not very surprising when you think about it. Heck, kids nowadays just pick up a smartphone and bam they know how to use it. It's pretty amazing how quick kids pick up on technology these days. What are your biggest concerns for your kids when they have a smartphone? How do you talk to them about it?