What can you do to encourage responsible mobile use?

What can you do for yourself and/or for others to encourage responsible mobile behavior? 

Children: Teaching responsible mobile usage is critical in today’s day and age. Many apps exist that help parents, control the time spent on mobile phones and what is seen.  Apple offers within its devices a screen time option where you can view time spent on social networking, apps, games and more. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released information on the risks of electronics and cell phone usage on children, mentioning obesity, decreased sleep, poorer academic performance and more.

Teenagers: Texting and driving is a real concern. As mentioned in our What is mobile behavior and how does it affect us? blog, earlier mobile phones have the option to block incoming messages while they are driving.  Apple has a feature called “Do Not Disturb While Driving”, which can be set to autoreply to help send a reply to those that are sending a message, so that you don’t feel the urgency to text while driving.  The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), says that only one in five drivers set the “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode.

Traveler’s Insurance has shared stories on Distracted Driving, here you can view the unfinished stories of people who were killed by distracted driving. In addition, many insurance companies are now considering how they can reward drivers for responsible mobile usage while driving. Contact your insurance company for more details. 

 Millennials: This generation was born in the onset of the digital age with no rules or consequences, and before responsible mobile behavior became a topic.  They are the movers and shakers that drive the digital age. Not only are they the drivers of technology, but they are also the ones that have the largest springboard for bringing attention the what is responsible mobile behavior.  What they say? What they do? And how they behave? Shapes the view and attitude for future generations. 

Adults:  Adults assume that they as adults always demonstrate positive mobile behavior.  Due to the demands of daily life, many adults find themselves being affected by their mobile use. Much of their time is spent on apps, texting, messaging, emailing, social media and much more. Unfortunately, there been significant stories of adults walking into fountains while texting, falling on the street and in several serious cases walked into incoming traffic.

It’s about disconnecting and remembering to talk to one another. To live in the moment. It’s about changing and/or adapting our mobile behavior so that we can live a happier life. 

We invite you to learn more about the THUMB movement, how you can help yourself and others understand responsible mobile behavior. It affects us all. Parents, Adults, Seniors, Millennials, and Youth.