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5 Useful Tips When Buying a Mobile Phone for Your Teen

5 Useful Tips When Buying a Mobile Phone for Your Teen

It is now that age when your child is constantly hounding you to buy them their cell phone. They want their independence and quite frankly, you are tired of sharing your mobile phone with them.

In this article, I am sharing a few ideas on how to select the best cell phone for your teenager. But first, let us first understand why your child needs this gadget.

Benefits of mobile phones for kids

It is common for parents to be a tad apprehensive about buying cell phones for their teenage children. You worry that they will get distracted in math class or they will text, and jaywalk or they will befriend a drug dealer. If these concerns have crossed your mind at one point, do not worry, you are in good company. So, what are the advantages of buying a phone for your child?

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  • Independence : Once you give them a phone, you can now rest easy without having to answer phone calls and passing on the message. Your secretarial duties will be over once you hand them that little box. However, reduce cell phone usage and encourage face to face conversations on a regular basis.
  • Useful applications: Thinking of buying your teen a feature phone? Go the smart way instead. Smartphones come with a myriad of apps that do amazing things in our lives. Your teenager will be the first to admit how important these applications are. These applications “apps” go beyond fun and games; there are some child-friendly apps that are geared towards homework. Examples of these educational apps are Math Tricks, Learn Driving, NASA, World History Questions, etc.
  • Communication: When your child has a mobile phone with them, it becomes much easier to reach them rather than having to call the home where they are visiting or the front desk at the pizza deli. You can know what your child is up to, who they are with, and most importantly when they are coming home.

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    How do I make the right choice?

    Now that we understand the main benefits of giving your child a mobile phone let us find out how you can go about that.

    1. Research

    Sounds cliché, but you can never underestimate the power of proper research. Advanced phones help us accomplish numerous tasks with just a click of a button. Mobile phones with such enhanced features are popularly known as Smartphones. Research on the best cell phones available and make a list of your top five considerations. The iPhone 7 is likely to make the cut. Maybe the iphone 7 manual can help you learn more about this apple flagship.

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    2. Narrow down the list

    Involve your teen in the selection process. Otherwise, you end up with a grumpy teenager and a cell phone abandoned on the kitchen counter. Present your list of possible options and go through the features of each model. Allow your teen to voice their opinion about each phone and whether they would consider it or not. If they are displeased with a particular model, cross it off the list and move to the next one.

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      3. Phone shopping

      After narrowing down the list, it is now time to go shopping. Take a trip to the mall and bring your teen to make the selection. Please beware; they are likely to get carried away by the sheer size of phone collection on the counter. While looking at other brands is not a bad idea, stick to the list at hand. Otherwise, be prepared to spend all day at the mall.

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      4. Cell phone plan

      Once you have made the perfect selection, the next step is signing up for a cell phone plan. Since your teen may not have much information on payment plans, your best bet is your own cell phone plan. If you are content with your payment plan, look no further. Sign them up, and they are ready to go! Remember to insure the phone against theft or malfunctioning with these tips.

      5. Ground rules

      Laying down some ground rules is as important as buying the right model of cell phone. Establish a mobile phone curfew; no phones in the classroom, at the dinner table and most importantly while driving. With a Smartphone, your teen has unlimited access to the internet, and this can be dangerous. Install parental controls on their phone to limit their browsing to pre-approved websites. Limit phone usage at tight to avoid messing up with their bedtime curfew and other problems such as temporary blindness. See the infographic below:

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        Conclusion

        If you have received a text from a fourteen-year-old full of emoji that you do not understand, then it is time to oblige and purchase a mobile phone for your teen. Make the leap and keep watch.

        Featured photo credit: http://pixabay.com/en/beautiful-girl-smiling-young-woman-1687946/ via pixabay.com

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        Last Updated on January 15, 2021

        7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

        7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

        The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

        Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

        Posture

        First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

        • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
        • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
        • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
        • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

        All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

        Facial Expressions

        Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

        • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
        • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
        • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

        If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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        1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

        A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

        The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

        This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

        2. Relax Your Face

        New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

        The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

        To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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        3. Improve Your Eye Contact

        Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

        The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

        To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

        3. Smile More

        There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

        Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

        4. Hand Gestures

        Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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        It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

        5. Enhance Your Handshake

        In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

        “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

        It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

        6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

        As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

        Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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        Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

        Final Takeaways

        Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

        If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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