Four selection criteria for smartphones for young users
Just before their first term in junior high or secondary school is the moment parents often choose to buy children their first smartphone. When choosing a device to purchase, it is important to bear in mind that it will not only be used for making calls, but also as a source of entertainment and as a work tool.
Fortunately, there are now plenty of options on the market that fulfill all of these criteria but remain relatively inexpensive. To be suitable for children in the 11-to-15 age group, smartphones should fulfill certain simple but essential criteria.
Decent battery life
Young users spend an enormous amount of time on their phones, so it is important to choose a device with a reasonable battery life, which will as a minimum be enough to keep it going for a day on a single charge.
Rugged construction and a bumper
Young users often have accidents with their phones, especially at school where they may be passed from hand to hand several times in one day. Ideally, you should choose a ruggedly built device, and it is essential to fit it with a good quality bumper.
When allocating a budget, it is important to bear in mind that young users can easily lose their smartphones or have them stolen. So inexpensive is a watchword, and very often secondhand or refurbished devices, which are guaranteed, can prove to be a good buy.
Nowadays, there are many specialist websites and mainstream vendors with a wide range of models of this type. However, online secondhand phone sales between private individuals are best avoided.
Consult to ensure it is a fun device
Certain details, which are not important to adults, can be very important to pre-teens and teenagers: for example the color of a telephone or the type of headphones provided with it.
So it goes without saying that to avoid disappointment the best policy is to choose a phone with your child. IB
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