I recently participated in a Sprint Latino research study by Social Lens Research. The surveys main purpose was to gather data on how Latino children use mobile phones, phone security and the ways mothers monitor phone usage.
Mobile phones have been a huge necessity versus a luxury in a person’s day to day life. Mobile phones are no longer something that just adults need and have, but children of Latino communities are on the forefront of owning their own mobile phones too.We are in a technology age where children who at a young age can navigate themselves on a mobile phone, iPad or desktop computer. They have become more savvy as more gadgets hit the market.
I use to believe that there was no reason for my child to have a mobile phone at a young age. Each year since he was 7 years old he would ask for a cell phone on his Christmas list. And each year until he was 10 years old we always said no. But on his 10th birthday, I started to realize that giving my son a phone was indeed a necessity. As he became more involved in sports and hanging out with friends, knowing where and how I could reach my son was very important. So that’s when I started to think that maybe having a mobile phone for him was not such a bad idea after all.
So on his 10th birthday, my husband and I got him a basic mobile phone just for the sake of trying it out and seeing if he could handle the responsibility. We set rules and guidelines to make sure he understood this was not just a toy to be tossed to the side. Needless to say he was ecstatic about getting his first mobile phone. Over the course of a year he showed us he was responsible with his phone, so we upgraded him to his first smartphone. What I love the most about the smartphone is that I am able to track my son’s whereabouts for added security. Having him safe and being able to reach him was a huge plus in him having a mobile phone. My son understood that with the mobile phone comes responsibility and it’s open at any time for his dad or I to check it at any given time. My concern for inappropriate activity on his mobile phone had always been a worry for me but I have come to realize the pluses out weigh the minuses.
I found the survey to be very informative and discovered that many other Latina moms have the same concerns as myself. Here are some highlights from the survey of 270 Latina moms:
I would love to hear your feedback on how you monitor your child’s mobile usage. For more information check out Sprint Guardian to learn more about their mobile security features www.sprint.com.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sprint Latino. I was compensated to participate in a Sprint Latino research study of Latina Moms and mobile security for their children. All opinions are 100% mine.