Things to consider before buying a phone for your child

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So, you think it may be time to buy a phone for your child, or maybe you’re constantly being pestered for one (we’ve all been there!). However, how do you make a decision? With so many choices, it's easy to get overwhelmed. That's why we're here to lend a hand.

Benefits of buying a phone for your child

The average age of a child who owns a phone these days is around ten. It's a great way to stay in touch if they've just started taking the bus to and from school, started some after school activities, or began meeting up with their buddies on the weekends. Having a phone number where you can reach them at any time and from anywhere is reassuring.

Benefits of your child having a phone

Parental perks aside, buying your child a phone is a great way to give them some responsibility. Other advantages include the fact that your child will be able to communicate with people other than their school friends, such as aunts, uncles, granny's, and so on! As a bonus, it can aid with homework and give them the opportunity to see and learn about new things; who knows, they might end up becoming a tech genius or the next Rankin. Strike a pose mum!

What to think about before purchasing a phone

When it comes to choosing a phone for your child, ask yourself:

What will my child be using it for?

Asking them what they plan to do with it could have a significant impact on your purchase decision. What if all they want to do is text or call their friends? Do they truly need a smartphone for that purpose? However, it's much more likely, they’d like to use a smartphone so they can access social media, text their friends and even capture images or videos.

Will I be able to control the use of the phone?

In order to keep an eye on how much time your child spends on their phone, there are a variety of apps available. Apple has a useful parental control feature that allows you to monitor your child's phone usage and screen time. You can also establish notification blocks, bedtime limits, and even restrict which apps your child may download from the App Store.

Will I be able to control the use of the phone?

Encourage your child to use their phone appropriately and healthily by setting some boundaries. This could include no phones at the dinner table or phone-free days? Discuss phone-free time? It's even worth it to make boundaries for everyone in the family so your youngster doesn't feel left out.

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Which phone should I buy my child?

This is where it all comes down to, you’ve had a chat with your child you may have taken another look and still find yourself adrift in a sea of smartphones. Understandably, figuring out which one will best serve your child's requirements without breaking the wallet can be a challenge.

As this is probably your child's first phone, is it worth it to buy the greatest and most expensive one? How well-versed is your child in knowing the difference between new and previously used? Realistically, they'll be too excited setting up their new phone and texting their friends with the good news to stop and think about where it came from.

Refurbished smartphones, on the other hand, are an excellent choice for children. Getting one of the most popular smartphones on the market is not only possible, but also extremely affordable!

To quickly explain, a refurbished phone has been used before, tested, and fixed to restore it to like-new condition, see our the checks our phones go through here. Although the outside shell may show some signs of wear and tear, let's be honest, a few scratches here and there are inevitable right?

We offer a variety of low-cost iPhones which are all splash, water and dust resistant come with a 21-day money back guarantee and a 12-month warranty, so you can rest easy knowing that we've got you covered if anything happens to your child's new prize possession.

Parents preferred choice:

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Refurbished iPhone 11

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