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Healthy Phone Habits

Healthy Phone Habits

5 Tips to Build Healthy Phone Habits

Getting your first phone is exciting! You have a whole new world at your fingertips. Now, you can call and text your friends. You can take as many photos and videos as you want. You can keep track of your own schedule.

But even for grown-ups, building healthy phone habits can be hard!

Here are a few tips to get started on the right foot:

Talk to your parents about ground rules

What rules and expectations do your parents have for you when it comes to using your phone? It shouldn’t be a mystery. If your parents haven’t told you, bring it up! Here are some questions you could ask:

  • When do you expect me to put my phone away?
  • What should I do if someone I don’t know calls or texts me?
  • Will you ask to see my phone and what will you look at?
  • What are the consequences for breaking a phone rule?

It might not sound like the most fun conversation, but it’s better to know the rules than to be left wondering. Having your own phone is a big responsibility. Asking your parents these questions will show them that you can handle it.

Put your phone away before bed

Did you know that looking at your phone right before you go to sleep is harmful to both kids and grown-ups? No matter how old you are, you should avoid using your phone before bed.

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Try keeping your phone outside your bedroom at night. You can remember this by charging it with all of your family’s other phones in one main place. Maybe everyone charges their phone in the kitchen, and that’s where you put your phone away each night. Why? Playing on your phone stimulates your brain. And it’s tough to go to sleep when your mind is going 100 miles per hour. The light from your phone’s screen also causes your body to make less melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy. Putting your phone “to bed” for the night should be part of your bedtime routine.


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Use your Gabb Phone’s night light feature or schedule an alarm as a reminder to put your phone away at least an hour before bedtime.

Live beyond the screen

Phone-free time can be a lot of fun. Join a community like GabbLife, which is full of artists and athletes like you. Connect over cool activities, like painting and skateboarding.

You can’t make art or play sports with your phone out. But you should also put it away at key times:

During homework: When do you do your homework? When you get home from school? Before dinner? Whenever it’s time to work on schoolwork, put your phone up where it won’t distract you. If you need to use your Calculator app or another tool, don’t open any other apps. Your parents or a sibling can help you stay accountable.

At the dinner table: For busy families, dinner is often the only time everyone is together. If you’re on your phone, you’re missing out! Don’t let your parents off the hook, either. This rule goes for everyone. Have the whole family put their phones in a basket – on silent – during dinner every night.

Hanging out with friends: Your phone can help you stay in touch with your friends and strengthen your friendships. But when you’re with your friends IRL, try to put your phone away. What’s the point of hanging out in person if your eyes are glued to your phone?

Safely handle uncomfortable conversations

Your phone helps you communicate with your friends and family. But sometimes, a conversation can make you feel uneasy. Maybe you get a call or text from someone you don’t know. Or maybe someone you know says something unusually mean or just plain weird.

The truth is, you can never be 100% sure who you’re talking to on your phone. A text could come from your friend’s number, but who actually has their phone at that moment?

If someone is contacting you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or sad, don’t respond to them. Don’t answer their call. Instead, tell your parents right away. You won’t be in trouble. They can help you decide how to handle the situation safely.

Use your phone as a tool, not a toy

Your phone has a lot of fun features, but it’s best to think about it as a tool, not entertainment. When you use your phone, you should have a goal. Ask yourself: Why am I getting my phone out? Here are some examples:

  • I want to use the Calculator app to get my homework done.
  • I want to take a picture of my cat to send to my grandma.
  • I want to text my friend to ask what time basketball practice is tomorrow.
  • I want to send my cousin a funny picture that made me think of her.

It’s not healthy to pull your phone out just because you’re bored. Following your parents’ ground rules is a great way to make sure you’re using your phone in healthy ways.

Gabb publish Tips

When you are using your phone, make sure to use good phone call or messaging manners. Think through things like not making phone calls if you’re in a quiet place like a library, or don’t text your grandma if it is too early in the morning. 

A phone is a helpful tool. Build healthy phone habits. Know your parents’ ground rules, be responsible, and live life outside the screen.

  • Talk to your parents about ground rules

    What rules and expectations do your parents have for you when it comes to using your phone? It shouldn’t be a mystery. If your parents haven’t told you, bring it up! Here are some questions you could ask:

    • When do you expect me to put my phone away?
    • What should I do if someone I don’t know calls or texts me?
    • Will you ask to see my phone and what will you look at?
    • What are the consequences for breaking a phone rule?

    It might not sound like the most fun conversation, but it’s better to know the rules than to be left wondering. Having your own phone is a big responsibility. Asking your parents these questions will show them that you can handle it.

  • Put your phone away before bed

    Did you know that looking at your phone right before you go to sleep is harmful to both kids and grown-ups? No matter how old you are, you should avoid using your phone before bed.

    Gabb publish Tips

    Try keeping your phone outside your bedroom at night. You can remember this by charging it with all of your family’s other phones in one main place. Maybe everyone charges their phone in the kitchen, and that’s where you put your phone away each night. Why? Playing on your phone stimulates your brain. And it’s tough to go to sleep when your mind is going 100 miles per hour. The light from your phone’s screen also causes your body to make less melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy. Putting your phone “to bed” for the night should be part of your bedtime routine.


    Gabb publish Tips

    Use your Gabb Phone’s night light feature or schedule an alarm as a reminder to put your phone away at least an hour before bedtime.

  • Live beyond the screen

    Phone-free time can be a lot of fun. Join a community like GabbLife, which is full of artists and athletes like you. Connect over cool activities, like painting and skateboarding.

    You can’t make art or play sports with your phone out. But you should also put it away at key times:

    During homework: When do you do your homework? When you get home from school? Before dinner? Whenever it’s time to work on schoolwork, put your phone up where it won’t distract you. If you need to use your Calculator app or another tool, don’t open any other apps. Your parents or a sibling can help you stay accountable.

    At the dinner table: For busy families, dinner is often the only time everyone is together. If you’re on your phone, you’re missing out! Don’t let your parents off the hook, either. This rule goes for everyone. Have the whole family put their phones in a basket – on silent – during dinner every night.

    Hanging out with friends: Your phone can help you stay in touch with your friends and strengthen your friendships. But when you’re with your friends IRL, try to put your phone away. What’s the point of hanging out in person if your eyes are glued to your phone?

  • Safely handle uncomfortable conversations

    Your phone helps you communicate with your friends and family. But sometimes, a conversation can make you feel uneasy. Maybe you get a call or text from someone you don’t know. Or maybe someone you know says something unusually mean or just plain weird.

    The truth is, you can never be 100% sure who you’re talking to on your phone. A text could come from your friend’s number, but who actually has their phone at that moment?

    If someone is contacting you in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable or sad, don’t respond to them. Don’t answer their call. Instead, tell your parents right away. You won’t be in trouble. They can help you decide how to handle the situation safely.

  • Use your phone as a tool, not a toy

    Your phone has a lot of fun features, but it’s best to think about it as a tool, not entertainment. When you use your phone, you should have a goal. Ask yourself: Why am I getting my phone out? Here are some examples:

    • I want to use the Calculator app to get my homework done.
    • I want to take a picture of my cat to send to my grandma.
    • I want to text my friend to ask what time basketball practice is tomorrow.
    • I want to send my cousin a funny picture that made me think of her.

    It’s not healthy to pull your phone out just because you’re bored. Following your parents’ ground rules is a great way to make sure you’re using your phone in healthy ways.

    Gabb publish Tips

    When you are using your phone, make sure to use good phone call or messaging manners. Think through things like not making phone calls if you’re in a quiet place like a library, or don’t text your grandma if it is too early in the morning. 

    A phone is a helpful tool. Build healthy phone habits. Know your parents’ ground rules, be responsible, and live life outside the screen.

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