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> Cell Phones For Kids?, Not sure what I think of the idea
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post Sep 12 2005, 07:55 PM
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This article on Cell Phones for kids got me thinking.

Mostly, it got me thinking I'd pay $100 for something my child would damage or lose!

But, if your child is more responsible than mine, there are some neat products coming out:

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Enfora's $99 TicTalk lets parents authorize certain numbers to call in and dial out; parents can also control how and when the phone is used.

TicTalk looks and functions more like a walkie-talkie than a standard cell phone. It lacks a keypad and is equipped with a monochrome LCD screen showing caller ID, the time, and remaining battery life. To place a call, kids navigate an on-screen menu to choose from a list of authorized phone numbers.

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Although TicTalk is the latest product in this category of cell phones, it isn't the first. Firefly Mobile announced a kid-friendly handset in March and began shipping the product shortly after. Like TicTalk, Firefly is very compact and lacks a number pad; instead, it has a screen and a few control buttons.

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Wherify's Wherifone GPS Locator Phone, a GPS-enabled handset that lets users call preassigned numbers, as well as allows parents to track their kids' whereabouts.

It seems that conventional mobile handset manufacturers want a piece of the phones-for-kids action, too. Rumors of an LG Electronics-branded handset that looks very similar to Firefly's phone are circulating at various blog sites, including Engadget, MobileBurn, Phone Scoop, and SlashPhone.


For more details read the link above!
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post Oct 7 2005, 08:33 AM
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I have three children, the youngest is 7 and he is still way too young for this. My oldest is 15 then my daughter is 13. My husband is employed by a well know carrier here in town but we are not on an employee plan. Our two older kids have cell phones. We put them on a plan that with a two year agreement the phone was FREE. They have 800 minutes for use between 7 am and 7pm. Then after 7, they can chat all they like. We monitor who they are speaking with by requesting a detailed bill. It tells incoming and outgoing calls! Therefore we build a level of trust. If we check, and we do not like what we find, we take the phone. Simple. The reason they think they have the phone is because they think they need it. The REAL reason is, it is a LEASH! They can go to a friends, we can check on them. If we take them somewhere and there is a problem, they have a way to call right away! There was an incident where my son wanted to come home and he was not allowed to call us! THAT will NEVER EVER happen again! So we do it for safety, security and lastly, fun for them. We look at cell phones for kids as tools! Who cares if they lose it, damage it whatever, the phone is replaceable your children are not!
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post Oct 7 2005, 03:39 PM
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LOL- that is one use for it!

Welcome to the forum, Justme! (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/hi.gif)
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(IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/hi.gif) Justme, welcome to the forum! Sounds like you have your bases covered. (IMG:/forum/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) Wish we'd had that option when my kids were growing up. Anything that we can do to help our children to become independent and still lower parental worries is a godsend!
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