More and more parents are staying connected with their children via mobile phones. I am not surprise because my daughter has had a cell phone for over two years, so I can stay connected and feel safe about where she is and who she is with. I see other parents doing the same thing.
According to a survey done by Asurion, more than 50 percent of parents said they have at least one child at home under 17 that uses a wireless phone for their personal use. However, this critical lifeline to family can easily be disrupted when you consider that nearly one-third of those phones required a replacement in the last year due to a handset loss, theft, damage or malfunction. I am not surprise here either. My daughter put her cell phone through the washing machine and dryer last week. She was more upset than I was. We will be without a lifeline for another month when I can get a free upgrade from my server.
My daughter calmed down after I told her on the first day her dad got his upgrade he left it on the top of his car, drove off, returned for the cell phone and proceeded to run over it. Needless to say, he had to use his old phone for another year.
Additionally, savvy parents and guardians are putting their desire to stay in touch with their children well above their own needs, with 36 percent of participants purchasing handset insurance for their children’s phones, as compared to 26 percent of those who have protection on their own phones. Based on my husband’s experience, I don’t know if that is wise.
Almost half of all incidents affecting a child’s phone occurred at school, with physical damage being the most common reason an insurance claim is filed. While most children are beginning the summer break, the need for a fully-functioning mobile phone only increases, a fact of particular significance during June, the National Safety Council’s annual Safety Month.
As a parent who is sending my daughter off to Zoo Camp and Sports Camp this summer, I know the importance of having that connection with a cell phone. She probably feels secure, too. But most importantly, she likes the camera and video features the best.
“If anyone needs proof of just how quickly a child’s cell phone can be lost or damaged, visit GottaHaveMyMobile.” suggests Bettie Colombo, spokesperson for Asurion. “This website includes some mobile mishap videos and also has lots of excellent cell phone tips, like how to help avoid losing your cell phone.”
Asurion also offers these easy tips to help minimize the damage to children’s phones this summer:
•A good case or silicone protector can help protect the back and sides against scratches and provide some impact protection.
•A transparent film screen protector can prevent the screen from scratching and can also help remove glare.
•A growing number of waterproof cases are on the market designed to protect phones when submerged in water for a limited amount of time (I don’t think washing machines apply).
•Purchase cell phone insurance to protect your investment and stay connected with children. Many wireless carriers now offer features that can remotely locate, lock or wipe a phone, along with the insurance coverage.
Asurion surveyed a total of 1,000 consumers. Respondents were asked a series of questions to determine their perceptions, opinions, attitudes and experiences using wireless phones. Asurion surveyed an equal mix of males and females between the ages of 16 and 65.