Rockford, Ill (July 12, 2013) – As more children begin getting their first mobile phones, parents are challenged with ensuring their kids are using their phones responsibly, courteously and safely. To make this milestone easier on both parents and kids, U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) is offering a free Device Workshop on Wednesday July 24 at 8 p.m. at 2430 Charles St., focused on helping families make the decision of when to get children their first phone along with ways that mobile phones can help families stay connected and strengthen relationships.
The workshop is open to everyone and associates will offer families tips on setting phone guidelines, share suggestions to help with the decision of getting their child their first cell phone and discuss ways that devices and apps can benefit everyone in the family.
“Giving a child their first cell phone is a big step for any parent and we want to educate families and provide them with the tools they need to make the decision as smooth as possible,” said Jeff Olson, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Rockford. “Mobile devices help parents and children stay connected and can enhance time spent as a family. These Device Workshops offer great hands-on demonstrations that both parents and children will find useful.”
The workshops come on the heels of U.S. Cellular’s Better Moments online survey¹, which found that one in three parents say their mobile device has improved their relationships with their children. In addition, the survey revealed that while 91 percent of parents set mobile phone usage guidelines for their children, 63 percent indicated they would find it helpful to have a parent-child agreement to guide their ability to supervise children’s usage and behavior with mobile devices.
With this survey data in mind, U.S. Cellular created a Parent-Child Agreement that can guide the conversations parents and children can have when getting their first phone. The agreement is customizable so that families can make it work for their specific needs. The Parent-Child Agreement is available for download at www.ChildPhoneAgreement.com.
¹ Between April 1-5, 2013, a total of 527 online interviews were conducted among U.S. Cellular postpaid customers by Consumer Insights, in partnership with Directions Research Inc.