Negotiating the rites of passage into adulthood with teens and tweens requires patience and talking. I know that I felt that my brothers had things easier than I did when we were growing up. My brother is three years younger and benefited from me having pushed the boundaries and
argued negotiated with mum on dad on things like nights out. Whilst I had made the path he followed along the already worn path and just adapted it to suit him. I remember always being really prompt at getting home after clubbing. I was allowed out pretty much as I wanted but was expected to be home by 2.30 yet my brother would amble in at any time. My parents would say that was because I am a girl but really we all know that boys are much more at risk of violence on the way home after a night out than girls.
Today’s rites of passage include getting your first mobile phone and now not just any mobile phone but a smartphone. Again I know that Chloe compares what phone she first had to what her brother has been lucky to receive! If only they fully understood that my first phone was not even able to text let alone take photos and send emails!
Now that Dylan is starting secondary school which involves getting buses and hopefully staying late at school some evening (for sports not detentions) he gets given a smart phone on contract. Now remember this is the boy that accidentally on purpose spent over £80 buying gems for an iPad game I was more than a little wary about him having a phone. However Tesco Mobile have taken all the worry away in a single clever stroke.
Tesco Mobile have capped contracts that are perfect for everyone really but especially can give parents piece of mind that there children cannot run up huge bills. The Tesco Mobile Capped contracts means that the parent sets the cap in place and your child can’t exceed this. We have been using this Capped contract for the past few months and it quite simply is genius. It gives Dylan the minutes, texts and data that he wants and me the piece of mind I need.
Our cap is set at £10 and we have not run out of anything proving that this is more than enough. Tesco Mobile set us up with Microsoft Lumi 535 and it was so easy to set up. I was talked through the process but really could have managed just fine, however it is the service that Tesco Mobile provide as they set the cap with you. The phone itself is also really impressive. Having not used a Microsoft Lumi 535 before it took a while to get to grips with it. One of the things that we really like is the 5MP front facing Camera. My children love taking photos with their phones and is probably one of the most used features – that and Snapchat.
I think it is really interesting how today’s teens / tweens are using their phones. They do so in a very different way from me. For them it is all about apps, watching youtube, browsing the internet all of which is easy on the Microsoft Lumi 535 and now I do not have to worry that they are using it too much. Texting or group chats are how they communicate and make plans.
We have also been impressed with the battery life which lasts a few days each time. It really is a mobile phone that Dylan is happy to have in his pocket for this particular rite of passage.
Tesco Mobile has teamed up with Dr Sue Black OBE to launch ‘Tech in Check Month’ offering parents, carers and their children useful information and advice on managing tech in the family; covering everything from choosing devices and keeping tabs on spending to ensuring safety online. More information can be found at www.tescomobile.com/the-hub
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