In today’s world, mobile devices have become an important part of our lives.

While 5-6 years ago, the idea of giving cell phones for small kids under 10 years of age, was not the norm; today it is often a necessity. The problem arises from the responsibility that comes with owning a smartphone. If grown adults and teenagers are being careless with their devices, how can we expect a small child to take care of their little gadgets? One way to look at it is this way… Would you buy your child a small handheld gaming device? If so then why not take the plunge and invest into a device that a child can use in an emergency to either receive or place calls? It can be a comfort to working parents having GPS activated on their little one’s phone, so they can constantly keep tabs on their whereabouts at all times. Not only that, but today’s smartphones can have an array of apps installed that can “assist” in helping our wee ones with their schooling as well. Another thing to consider is… Owning a smartphone too early without the right amount of parental supervision can do a child harm as well.

Photo Courtesy: Clark Maxwell on Flickr
  Jeannie Galindo, supervisor of instructional technology for the Manatee County School District in Florida states in a “PBS Parents” article,

“In a supervised environment, children as young as four or five are able to engage in learning activities using smartphones and tablets of all kinds. In an unsupervised environment, I wouldn’t recommend a smartphone or tablet purchase for a child until at least between the ages of 11 and 13.”

  Whether you are Yay or Nay, on the topic regarding our little ones owning Mobile Devices, there are companies out there who have dedicated time, and technology toward the creation of phones for this niche of consumers. Below is a brief summary of some phones our Resident Doc has compiled here at Dr Phone Fix & Repair – Plantation, FL to assist our readers in deciding which kid friendly mobile phone will best suit their needs.

Smartphones That Are Kid Friendly

 

Kytephone

A free app that is available in the Google Play store, Kytephone turns any Android Smartphone into a kid friendly mobile device. With features such as:

  • Blocking Calls From Strangers
  • Game Management Timer
  • Built In Phone GPS Locator

Kytephone is a definite option for the budget conscious who want to give their wee ones a hand me down phone, while making sure they can alter it the correct way for safe use. Here is a brief video on the app: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-93UYZtiyKo   Unfortunately they are closed at this time, and are not allowing downloads of this app anymore. My guess is they are done with their free beta tests, and are in the process of re-releasing a paid version of the app. You can go to their website and inquire about it. The only reason this is on the list now is because it is an extremely well built app. Let’s see what happens in the near future.

FiLIP

  Photo: FiLIP Designed with the very young kids in mind, this little gadget caught our eye and is a winner here at Dr Phone Fix & Repair – Plantation. A water/shock resistant timepiece with a lot under the hood, the FiLIP is a device that young children will love wearing. This phone not only has built in GPS, but it also traingulates a child’s location with the use of cell towers, and wif-fi as well. Some of it’s other features include:

  • Limitation of Phone Calls to 5 contacts Only
  • An emergency button that calls all 5 contacts if it is set off
  • An FCC Certified Antenna that emits radio energy only when active, and it’s design directs that energy away from the child
  • A Safe Zone feature that will alert a Parent when the child has entered or left it
  • Text messaging to the Parent
  • Call Recording

While not a full fledged smartphone, this smartwatch for kids packs a punch with safety features.

 Kajeet

Photo: Kajeet
A wonderful option for those looking to go the pre-paid route, the Kajeet is phone that allows parents to keep tabs on their kiddies with features such as:

  • GPS Location Finder
  • Internet website management
  • Control who can and can not call your kids
  • Control who your kids can call
  • Decide what times the phone can be used or not
  • Various models to choose from

Use the promo code, “BLAST” when you go to their site and they are offering 30% off your purchase. If you are a Sprint customer you can use a secondhand Sprint phone and sign up without having to purchase their device.

Parting Words Regarding Kids And Smartphones

Bringing a cellphone or smartphone into our children’s lives is a decision not to be taken lightly. While it has it’s definite advantages, one must weigh all the pros and cons associated with a young one having a phone at an early age. Whatever decision you and your family make, adult supervision is always recommended. Does your child have a cellphone or smartphone? How old are they? What are your thoughts? Please share them below.We give LifeTime Warranty for our repairs at Dr Phone Fix & Repair Plantation. If you need cell phone repair visit our store today