A Virtual Phone Number Can Help Kids at School

Jan 3, 2013 17:34:38Posted by John Skorick, MyAKA Founder & CEO

A Virtual Phone Number Can Help Kids at School

The generation of children currently making their way through primary education are unlike any demographic before them. They've grown up surrounded by modern technology, including the internet, and are therefore much more accustomed to using laptops, tablets and smart phones. However, just because schoolchildren may know how to use these machines doesn't necessarily mean they understand how to use them safely, which is why parents may want to consider putting a virtual phone number on their youngsters' phones.

How a Second Mobile Number Works
Virtual phone numbers are essentially a way for individuals to have two phone numbers on one phone. Many business people install this feature when they use their personal cell phone for both private and work-related purposes. Others use it to safeguard against scammers who may try to access their phone number through sites like Craigslist, eBay or an online dating service.

Helping Kids Stay Productive
In the early days of cell phones, many schools across the country put a ban on the devices during classroom hours. However, because modern smart phones are essentially miniature computers, some educational institutions are lifting this ban and allowing students to use their phones for in-class research purposes.

Unfortunately, using cell phones during school time is a double-edged sword. The devices may be able to help youngsters research, but they can also be a distraction if students are getting text messages or phone calls from friends while in class. Kids who have two numbers on their phone, however, can use one line for school-related purposes and block their personal number while in class.

Protection From Bullying
A virtual phone number can also help prevent school bullying, which has been a hot-button issue over the past few years. Some kids may receive bullying text messages or phone calls even after school has ended. However, if a victimized child has a second mobile number, he or she can make sure that one is only given out to friends and family. If a bully somehow gets a hold of the child's in-school set of digits, the victim can simply dispose of that number without losing his or her contact list.

Some parents may be hesitant to give their child a cell phone, but in this day and age, mobile phones can be an important tool for a budding mind. Instead of withholding this form of technology, moms and dads may want to consider giving their child a second phone number to help them stay focused and safe at school.