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How do safety precautions differ between home computer and mobile phone use? ( show )
Most similarities and differences between mobile phone use and fixed Internet access are addressed in various sections of this site. In order to avoid confusion, parents should always handle safety issues that arise on both platforms consistently when educating their child/adolescent.
Are there certain phones that offer more safety features than others?
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Yes -- talk to your service provider about what phones would best protect your child/adolescent. Bring your child to review safety features with a representative from the service provider.
Is it possible to disable web browsing or other features on my child/youth's mobile phone? ( show )
While it's not possible for parents to disable web browsers from the phone itself, most service providers can disable this and other functions when setting up the phone for use. Ask your service provider whether such functions can be password-protected.
Should I get a longer-term contract for my child/adolescent's mobile phone, or is a prepaid or postpaid arrangement better? ( show )
Contract service provides a monthly bill, which parents can review. Prepaid service ensures there are no surprising charges racked up through downloads, ringtones, airtime, text messaging or Internet use. Typically, emergency numbers (e.g. 911) are still usable even when paid airtime has been used up.
Is it possible for offenders to track my child using the GPS on his/her mobile phone? ( show )
Talk to the provider about what types of GPS services are available and/or installed on your child/adolescent's phone.
How can I avoid having my child incur charges on his/her cellular phone that I have not approved? ( show )
Credit monitoring is an option with most mobile carriers. Typically, this involves a cap on how much in charges can be incurred on a postpaid plan before a payment must be made. Prepaid service, another option, only allows the phone to be used until credit runs out.