Cell Phone Smarts
Having your own cell phone is a big responsibility. Whether you've got one or you hope to convince your parents to get you one, it's important to know some cell phone safety basics. Lots of phones are “smart phones” that will let you surf the Web and download applications. The same safety rules you follow on the computer apply to phones with the Internet, too. In addition, it's a good idea not to talk or to text with strangers. If you don't recognize a phone number, you don't have to answer. Let the caller leave a voicemail message, and then you can check to see if it was an important call. You can also put your phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry, which prevents telemarketers from calling a home or mobile phone. To register, visit https://www.donotcall.gov/default.aspx.
Be sure to talk to your parents or guardians about cell phone safety and other rules for using a cell phone responsibly. For a list of safety tips to discuss with them, visit www.safekids.com/cell-phone-safety-tips. Now you’ll be safe both online and on the go!
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