Getting Your Special Needs Child a Cell Phone

Every family understand their child the best. Your decision to buy a cell phone for your special needs child will be contingent on your child’s capabilities and your competency to monitor and restrict phone usage.

Set up safety controls

It is just as vital that you aid your child with correct social etiquette and their physical safety.  You don’t want your kid calling friends in the middle of the night any more than you want them giving out their address to people they communicate with online. And this is as simple as setting up controls on the phone and creating a PIN number so the controls can’t be changed by no one but you.

Remove YouTube and Other Apps

YouTube can be unsuitable and addictive. Contemplate if you should remove the app. The same goes for other inappropriate apps. Several pre-loaded apps may require removal (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.). If you decide to remove them, do it before giving your child the cell.

Location Reporting

Many smart phones have a location element that allows others to see where you are. This can be good for children with special needs. The advantages of having location reporting is that you will know where your kid is at all times. The apprehension is that others can possibly see your kid’s location too. If you don’t want to use location reporting, disable it on your kid’s smartphone.

App Store Access

By default, you must use a password to buy apps on the app store. Make sure your child doesn’t know the password and you should have no problem with your kid downloading apps.

Have Patience with Your Child

Teaching the functionality of a phone and correct social etiquette when using it is difficult.  Try to be around when your child is using it.

 

 




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