• Sit with your child and discuss the features of their phone. Most can make calls, send messages, pictures, sounds, videos, access email, instant message, contact chat rooms and surf the internet. Negotiate which of these features they are allowed or not allowed to access.
  • Agree on times when it is and is not appropriate to be using their phone.
  • Keep the phone out of the bedroom after bedtime.
  • Discuss if the phone is allowed to be used to access the Internet, and, if it is, how this is going to be monitored by you as the parent or carer.
  • Agree that the sharing of credit with friends is not acceptable without permission from parents first.
  • Talk about what can and cannot be downloaded onto mobile phones, this includes screensavers and ring tones.
  • Discuss text messaging and netiquette. Remind your children that even though messages can be deleted from their phone, these can still be traced by the phone provider and saved by the recipient.
  • Impress on your children how important it is to obtain permission from friends and family members before taking pictures or videos of them with their mobile phone, and before sharing these online or with others.
  • Ensure your children understand the consequences of sharing images, especially images of other people. Discuss situations with your children where images are involved and agree upon a basic framework for what is and is not acceptable sharing of images.