Cell Phones

Using a cell phone to send and receive text messages and/or images, is very similar to using e-mail or instant messaging and some of the same safety rules apply. Your cell (mobile) phone can be a direct link between you and spammers, scammers, identity thieves, online predators and cyberbullies. Cell phones also allow users to quickly take pictures and pass them on to dozens of people.

Stay Safe:

Talk to your child about how a cell phone has some of the same risks associated with it as using the internet. Remind them to be cautious when taking pictures with their cell phone. Help them to understand the consequences of taking and/or passing along inappropriate pictures. Remind them that once an image is sent, it can never be retrieved.

Here are some tips and rules that can help you as parents keep your children safe while using a cell phone:

Additional Information:

Cell Phones - NetSmartz
Cell phone information tips and discussion from NetSmartz .

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