ConnectSafely releases A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones

Palo Alto, CA, (June 19, 2014)–, a leading non-profit Internet safety organization, today released A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones, in partnership with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and CTIA, to help families navigate today’s very mobile digital media and tech.

A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones provides advice and insight surrounding:

  • What’s the best age to get a child their first cell phone?
  • How can I make sure my child’s privacy is protected?
  • How can I help assure my child uses apps that are safe and appropriate?

A Look Inside A Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones 

There are some basics that recommends parents consider when getting their child a mobile phone:

  • Phone Settings: Get to know the settings well, especially regarding those that protect privacy, safety and security.
  • Family Rules: Create a family cellphone contract and guidelines for mobile phone use.
  • A passcode: Make sure the phone is “locked” via PIN, password or fingerprint. Make sure passwords are easy to remember and hard for others to guess.
  • Parental Controls: Find out what your mobile phone company offers or look for parental-control apps in the app store.

“In this post-PC era, mobile phones are creating opportunities for families to learn anytime, anywhere safety, privacy and security together,” said ConnectSafely co-director Anne Collier. “With the Parents’ Guide to Mobile Phones, we offer both guidance and talking points for helping kids keep their mobile experiences safe and constructive.”

“Privacy, safety and security is every parent’s concern,” said co-director Larry Magid. “By talking with our kids about how they use technology and helping them learn good habits, we can greatly reduce the chances of things going wrong.”

“Wireless empowers kids to be able to learn, engage and communicate with their teachers, classmates and friends. At the same time, it’s important for parents to talk with their kids about responsible use, as well as the family rules and consequences if those rules are broken. By setting these expectations, parents will help their kids enjoy the benefits of wireless technology. This guide, along with additional tools and information on our website, will help parents navigate the wireless world,” said Jamie Hastings, Vice President, External and State Affairs for CTIA.

The guide, which joins ConnectSafely’s parents’ guides to cyberbullying, cybersecurity, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Google+, is available at

About ConnectSafely

ConnectSafely is a non-profit organization offering research-based resources about online well-being and digital literacy for parents, teens, educators, advocates and policymakers. Find us at, and

About CTIA

CTIA-The Wireless Association® ( is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry’s leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington.