Choose a smartphone for your kids

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These days, before school Opening, if you ask your elementary level kid, your highschooler or your college-bound lad what they would want most, the answer would probably be a Smartphone. In years past, the brand of choice was the Apple iPhone. In recent times, it is a toss up between the iPhone and the emerging Samsung slew of Smartphone models. But do not discount the surprises that other brands will take form. Sony, Nokia, Blackberry, Huawei, ZTE, and Lenovo are due to jump on the bandwagon with a series of media events to introduce their Smartphones in the coming weeks.

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Here are the expected Smartphone news

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    Apple will bring Into the market two new models.
    One of them will be a low cost one, geared towards students.
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    Samsung will Shake up things a bit through a new Galaxy Note in the form of a phablet.
    A phablet is a Smartphone that is smaller than a Tablet but bigger than the usual phone.
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    Samsung will also terrorize its competitors with a smartwatch which is part of its Galaxy Gear.
    It is not yet clear what this variable is capable of doing, but it is sure to catch the attention of the younger market.
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    Sony touts heavily on its gaming appeal by offering Smartphones which it is undoubtedly sure to have features which can be integrated into its PSP and PlayStation gaming consoles.
    Sony is also banking on waterproof capabilities of its new phones.
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Questions to ask before buying your kid a smartphone

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    Does it have alarms which are pleasant enough to make your kid wake up in a good mood for school?
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    Does it have a music censoring function which automatically bans from the phone the songs which have offensive lyrics (from its bad words database)?
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    Does it have locator software which enables you to track the whereabouts of your kid?
    Better still, make sure this software possesses a security lock which the student cannot delete.
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    Does it have waterproof features?
    This will come in handy when the phone is still in the pockets after the child has thrown his pants into the washing machine. Or when he is pushed jokingly into the pool with his friends.
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    Does it have a strong vibrating function?
    Can it be set to vibrate-only, with settings tuned towards the parents' numbers? This is valuable just in case the phone is in mute mode and the parents have to call the kids in an emergency situation.
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    Are the digital keypads large enough for the kids' fingers (It seems like children keep getting bigger these days)?
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    Is it user friendly?
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    Is it a favorite in phone reviews?
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    Just wishful thinking, does it ban games from being downloaded?
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    Does it deliver a discreet video or voice recorder?
    This is very handy and can be lifesaving.This feature should be easily accessed with just one press or with a voice command so as not to let the person/persons spied upon knowing that he is being recorded or filmed.
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Make the child or teenager understand the following things before buying the phone

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    Your child should know what apps are safe to download and what websites to surf.
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    Let the child understand how to use the phone safely and appropriately.
    You should also discuss who to accept calls from and whose texts to answer back to. Also, make sure to talk about appropriate language to be used in social media and allowable types of pictures to upload.
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    The child should know his time limits for texting and accepting or sending calls, especially when he is at school or studying or at the dinner table.
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    Be adamant about this.
    The child should never text on the street or while crossing the street. And for teenagers, you must stress the importance that they never text during driving, and if possible, don't accept calls while driving either.
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Things to do once the Smartphone is purchased

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    Make sure the phone is locked, and that both you and the baby, but no one else, know the password.
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    Put important people on the contact list.
    Include grandparents, babysitters, their school, and other trusted people.
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    Schedule a family meeting wherein the terms of agreement for smartphone usage will be laid down.
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    Download a security app like Lookout, which protects from the download of bad apples and the surfing of websites that are not secure.
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    If the phone is on a postpaid plan, monitor the bill online for unwanted numbers and paid downloads and ringtones.
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    Take the opportunity to show you care through the texts of positive messages, inspiring quotes and Bible verses.
    Avoid nagging through the earpiece.
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    Buy a phone case that will protect the phone.
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    Schedule an appointed period during the week wherein your youngster will not be allowed use of the Smartphone (put it out of sight) and spend some quality time with him or her in the great outdoors, or encourage him to read a book.
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