US Cellular is looking to delimit digital safety by providing resources for both parents and kids to create shared goals when using mobile devices and to help kids develop healthy habits as they explore their digital world, the company said.
Designed for younger children and teens, US Cellular´s digital safety initiative, Link up for Phone Freedom, is ideal for parents of kids who are starting out with their first cellphones.
Parents will be directed to download Google´s Family Link app on their phone and their child´s phone. In addition, a parent-child agreement can be filled out on US Cellular´s digitalfamilymatters.com website.
Family Link helps parents foster healthy digital habits in their child or teen as they learn, play and explore online. Parents can keep an eye on screen time with daily limits and set a bedtime on their child´s Android device. To help guide them to better content, parents can view their app activity and set per-app time limits, approve downloads and create content filters. And SafeSearch is on by default for supervised child accounts, helping to filter explicit search results.
This agreement lets parents and kids select from the choices provided and add their own “agreements” that work best for their family. Parents can have a conversation with their child about phone safety and choose their favorite visual theme, customize their personal phone agreement and print or share on social channels.
Using resources available in Google´s Digital Wellbeing Family Guide, parents can decide with their kids when the appropriate time is to hand them a device of their own. By providing tools and resources for discussions about healthy digital habits and Internet safety, both parents and kids can gain confidence with the new device added to their family.
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