With the children going back to school, it’s a great time to review your child’s mobile phone, laying down any ground rules for the coming year. Last year we conducted a survey amongst parents with children under 10 who had their own mobile phone. We discovered that parents did little to check up on their children’s use of their phone, and highlighted the dangers this poses. By keeping a distant eye on your child’s use of their phone, you can help keep them safe from bullying, and a few simple tips, can prevent them from being the victim of theft.
Here’s the police’s tips for safeguarding mobile phones:
- If you’re not making a call, make sure that your phone is hidden away
- Keep it in one of your front pockets or inside a bag
- Don’t attach it to your belt or around your neck
- If you’re making a call on your mobile in a public area, make sure you always keep an eye on what’s going on around you
- Try to avoid using your mobile phone in public at night. If you do have to use your phone, try to find an area that’s well-lit
- Avoid getting out your phone at train stations and bus stops as these are areas that thieves target
We also suggest you use an app on the phone like Lookout, which has advanced features like finding your phone, blocking it and even taking a photo of anyone who tries unsuccessfully to unlock it.
In a survey last year we found out that one in ten under 10 year old has had their mobile phone stolen. Mobile phones accounted for 20% of thefts reported by 10-15 year olds. So hopefully these few tips will help your child keep their mobile safe.
We also found out that nearly half of children under 10 had broken their phone, and a little over a third had lost their phone. Not really that surprising, given what children get up to.
The sad news is that under 18’s can’t insure their own phone, however, the good news is that here at mobileinsurance.co.uk, we provide free family cover as standard. So parent’s you can insure your phone for your child’s usage, and it’s covered exactly the same as it would be for you. Of course this means that if your child breaks their phone, an all to common occurence, that it would be covered under the terms of your mobile insurance.