This post brought to you by Kajeet. All opinions are 100% mine.
As a parent to a teenager, I worry about Angeline’s activity online. I worry about text messages, multimedia messages, web browsing, apps like KIK and Snapchat, what she’s posting on Instagram and Twitter – the list goes on and on. It can be overwhelming and incredibly stressful. Her nose is always buried in her phone and while I do check her phone periodically to make sure that she isn’t doing anything she shouldn’t be doing, I still worry!
Of course I can always just take her cell phone away…but honestly, I don’t want to leave her without a phone. I was young once too, and I know how important it is to have a connection to friends. If only there was a way to allow her to use the technology she loves (and is so dependent on in this modern technological society) without sacrificing so much control…Oh wait! There is a way!
Let me tell you about Kajeet, the only wireless service provider in America that is dedicated to kids, education and making our job of protecting our kids a little easier. Kajeet was founded by parents who wanted to provide a service that allowed their children to use mobile technology in a safe environment.
Just like you have the option to create parental controls on your computers and tablets, you can set up a wide variety of parental controls on your Kajeet device so that while you give your child the freedom to use a cell phone, you are still in control! All parental controls are free, unlimited and easily accessible from your computer.
Available Parental Controls with Kajeet
Set time limits on your child’s phone to prevent late night texting. This is especially useful to me as a parent of a high school student. Angeline has a boyfriend and they like to text late at night, even though she has to get up at 5:45 am for school! With Kajeet’s usage limits, I don’t have to worry about her being up at midnight texting!
Block unwanted calls, but always ensure that those from mom and dad get through. Is it homework or study time? I love that you can block your child from phone calls except for when you need to get ahold of them!
Manage what websites can be accessed (even on Android™ smartphones). This is probably one of the most useful features of the parental controls – there are websites out there that we can block from our children’s computers but when they use their cell phone, we can’t usually control that! I love that Kajeet is giving us back that control!
You get to decide who pays for services, like games or ringtones, so there’s no argument when the cell phone bill comes in!
Find your child or their phone if it gets lost or stolen with GPS locating (this is included in select service plans or as an add-on).
Affordable plans that start at just $4.99/month and there are no activation fees, no termination fees, no long term contracts and there aren’t any hassles when you want to change your plan. You can change it whenever you want without a penalty!
Kajeet has cool phones that kids will enjoy using, like popular Android smartphones (including the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G LTE or the LG Viper 4G LTE) and you can even bring your own Sprint® device to Kajeet and activate it for free.
You can check out the Kajeet coverage map to ensure that coverage is available in your area. 4G LTE coverage is also available on Kajeet, but as with any carrier, it is only available on 4G LTE devices and in areas where 4G LTE coverage is available – so make sure you check the coverage map!
We received the LG Rumor Reflex to check out the Kajeet service and Angeline took one look at that keyboard and her eyes lit up! I think it’s a great phone for teenagers (or preteens) who like texting a lot.
Setting up parental controls on the Kajeet website was pretty simple. I took a look through all of the parental controls available, as they are all listed right in your account under Feature Manager. I love that you can do it all online and don’t have to call in or actually sit there and do it on the phone right in front of your kids. You can turn picture messaging off and on, text messaging off and on – all right there online in your account. You can set up your Contact Manager there as well, which makes it really easy for parents to restrict WHO their kids speak to.
As you can see, everything is really easy to set up and it’s all in one place in your customer account.
One of the things I really like about Kajeet is that it is affordable. The basic plan begins at $4.99 a month and there are options for unlimited texting and parental controls for $14.99 a month, all the way to $49.99 a month, which includes unlimited calling and texting and 2 gb of data. The prices seem similar to a regular phone service and I think we can all afford to have a little more control over how our kids use their phones. The way that Kajeet makes their service so affordable is that they designed the plan around the way kids really use their cell phones – they text more often than they talk. I know this is true for Angeline, and I am sure she isn’t the only one!
I think there’s a delicate line between allowing our kids enough freedom to grow up and watching over them to make sure that they aren’t making mistakes online – Kajeet makes it easier to give our kids the freedom to use a cell phone and have fun but still set restrictions to prevent them from getting themselves into trouble. As a mom to a 16 year old, I really appreciate what Kajeet is doing and I kind of want to shout it from the rooftops to other parents!
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