Growing Wireless .
Wireless technology is changing the way kids communicate, learn and play. With the swipe of a finger or a click of a button, today’s wireless kids can enter a whole new world of information sharing, games and applications. It is important that parents understand what wireless services and products are available so they can help kids use them appropriately.
Together with parents, CTIA and its members want kids to be responsible wireless consumers.
Learn & Engage
For parents, keeping up with the rapid changes in the wireless industry might seem like a 24/7 job. Today’s tech-savvy generation quickly discovers and enjoys using mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets.
With all the amazing changes in wireless technology, it’s understandable that some parents may feel overwhelmed by the number of new devices, services and apps. However, parents should know that they’re not alone and resources are available.
To develop the best family rules for wireless use, parents should educate themselves on how kids use wireless devices and services. Explore these tips and guides for keeping kids safe when they’re using a wireless device:
Policy & Programs
CTIA and the wireless industry make it a priority to support the policy efforts and provide the tools to parents that will help keep kids safe on their wireless devices. Considering the ever-evolving world of wireless and the speed at which kids adopt new wireless products and services, it’s important that the wireless industry has the flexibility needed to quickly address potential issues.
Children’s Online Policy
The inherent value that wireless offers consumers of all ages has flourished under a light regulatory touch that allows new products and services to be made available without unnecessary government intervention. For these reasons, one of the leading nonprofit organizations focused on online child safety, the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI), has highlighted the U.S. as a major pioneer in both Internet technology and online safety.
- At the federal level, the Federal Trade Commission has established rules under the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) to restrict companies from knowingly collecting personal information from children under 13 online without parental consent.
- The Federal Communications Commission requires schools that receive federal funds to offer technology to create online safety plans and place filtering software on computers that are used by children.
- Federal law also requires any provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service with knowledge of any violation of certain sexual exploitation and child pornography laws to report those facts to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
Online Safety Resources
CTIA and its member companies offer parents a number of tools, features, and information to help them choose and manage their kids’ wireless devices and services. The first step to better managing a family’s wireless usage is to learn what’s available to help empower parents.
Click on our members’ resources below for more information.