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  • Writer's pictureMackenzie Mosieur

Back to School - Cellphones and Child Safety

Updated: Aug 25, 2021

Are your kids headed back to school this month? Are you a staff member in the education system? If so, a cellphone is most likely on the list of back to school necessities for most kids. Cellphones can keep a child connected to their caregivers, making both parties feel more comfortable and safe being away from each other. As much as these phones can contribute to safety, they pose certain dangers as well.

Cellphone theft is a growing problem in America, schools being a hotspot. As a parent, what can you do to protect your child's safety? Be sure their phone is password protected. Having a password on your phone, especially with todays technology, can greatly deter a thief from stealing in the first place, and if they still decide to take it, personal messages, photos, etc. are much more difficult to retrieve.

What is the schools lost and found protocol? In a best case scenario, the lost phone turns up by the end of the day, no harm no foul. But what if it's not found? It's missing for a few days, the owner decides to go ahead and replace it with a new one, the old one is found after this and turned into lost and found. Now what? What does the school do with those lost phones? What they do with those phones is a lot more important than you might think. It’s an undeniable fact: bad things can happen when lost phones fall into the wrong hands, especially if the device belongs to a teenager. The best way to ensure privacy and to protect school staff is to make sure lost cell phones are disposed of safely and properly in order to keep information, photos, and reputations safe. The 911 Cellphone Bank can handle this part.

This article isn't meant to scare you or discourage you from sending your child to school with a cellphone; our motive is to inform you of these potential dangers so you, your kids, and school staff can be safe.

The 911 Cell Phone Bank takes unclaimed portable electronic devices, like smartphones from lost and found departments, and protects both your reputation and that of the previous owner, by removing private and confidential data and then uses the devices as lifelines for domestic violence victims, the elderly and more. Contact us today to learn about how your business can start taking advantage of our secure disposal of lost cell phones.

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