As a U.S. Cellular Blogger Brigade member, I have some exciting things to share with you from U.S. Cellular this month.
U.S. Cellular is holding Device Workshops at stores nationwide. The link will lead you to local workshops focusing on helping families with decisions to be made when their children are ready to get their first cellphone. U.S. Cellular can also make suggestions on how mobile phones can help you stay connected and strengthen the family relationship.
Here is Southeastern Wisconsin, my local store event is scheduled for Saturday, August 3rd at 8am cst. Check out http://goo.gl/4487x or call your local store for details.
Where to find help deciding when a child should get their first cellphone and how to ensure the kids will use it responsibly, safely and courteously? U.S. Cellular held a Better Moments online survey which showed 50% of U.S. Cellular customers' children have mobile phones. 91% of the parents polled set guidelines on phone usage for their child, while 63% indicated it would be helpful to have an agreement in place to manage the children's mobile device usage.
U.S. Cellular has developed a Parent/Child Agreement that can provide such a guideline for parents, and it is truly customizable for your specific needs. The agreement contains suggestions on safety and phone etiquette, so the agreement can work for each individual family. Some examples are watching videos together on YouTube or sending a message to each other if one is away from home. This agreement can guide conversations you need to have with your child when they receive their first cellphone. When my son received his first cellphone, we had a conversation on usage, stressing safety and responsibility. Visit www.childphoneagreement.com to download a copy of your customizable Parent/Child Agreement.
In the comments section below, please let me know if you have or would ever use this tool for your children. I will pass your comments on to U.S. Cellular.
Disclosure: I was provided this information from U.S. Cellular. All opinions expressed are my own. I receive compensation from U.S. Cellular for my post.