July 14, 2022

Phone Service For Young Kids

by Shea Georgetti

How to decide which type of phone service is best for your young child

I am a father of two boys who are five and two years old. My kids are around many screens every day, from TV screens to cell phones to computers and more. Screens and screen time has become a common concern for most parents. They are everywhere you go, and parents may ask themselves how much screen time is too much and how they can limit it.

The digital world has changed how we communicate with one another, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right way or the wrong way. I’ll leave you to decide that.

Looking Back

I remember when I was growing up, picking up a phone was a normal thing. It was my way to call my friends to see if they were home and ask them to play. Talking on the phone was usually a quick conversation, but it was still a voice I heard. I think back to those times and remember how hearing a voice meant a lot. You can hear if someone is sad, happy, or angry. I’m mentioning this memory as a reminder of the importance of verbal communication because it’s too easy to text, DM, or snap these days, none of which allows you to pick up on emotions.

We’re losing the ability to really hear how someone is doing.  Think about that for a second. How many times have you texted someone and said, “Hey, how you are doing?” And they respond back, “Great!” which is probably just an auto-filled response from an Android or Apple device. But really, the person on the other end of the phone might be lying in bed sad, and we’d never know.

Now, if you were to pick up the phone and they answered your call, the conversation would be different. You can still ask, “Hey, how you are doing?” And more than likely, you’ll get the real answer. In return, if they were sad, you’d be able to hopefully cheer them up!

The top 3 benefits of having a phone service at home for young kids.

The biggest benefit to having a phone in the house with young kids is the accessibility to dial 911. My son’s school teaches the students about fire departments, police officers, and first responders and how they are here to help. They discuss 911 and the importance of calling in an emergency. We have cordless phones around our house located in the kitchen and on the bedroom end tables, allowing for easy accessibility in the event of an emergency. Most households with kids rely on cell phones for this use. Most of the time, I don’t even remember where I put my cell phone, and in an emergency, how would my kid know where it is?

This problem leads to even more questions, including the use of Face ID, which is not recognizable. Trying a passcode? Your child entered it in wrong three times, and now you’re locked out. When emergencies do happen, you want to be prepared the best you can.

The second benefit when it comes to alternative phone systems is security. With a cordless phone system, there are no apps to install, no data linked to IDs, and no exposure to the internet, providing an all-around safer experience for both parents and kids. Finally, one of the most important benefits of alternative phone systems is calling and speaking with others and hearing a voice on the other end!

Present Time

My 5-year-old has been enjoying calling his grandparents, mom and dad, and aunts and uncles. My 2-year-old enjoys screaming in the background and even does get some time on the speakerphone when his big brother allows. A phone service may not be considered a “toy”, but it sure is a great service to provide my boys with the option to talk to people they love, and it allows them to dial emergency services if necessary.

The digital world is an amazing place. But there's something very special about hearing someone’s voice over the phone. It can make you feel like everything in your life will be okay, even if it won't last forever. So next time, pick up that phone and call somebody who matters to you--just for a little while. Your mood or their mood might instantly improve when they answer on the other end of the line!

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