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Guide to the Best Phones for Kids

It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without cell phones.

But, they help you stay connected with your family. Whether you're down the hall or across the country, you want to make sure everyone is safe. Especially when it comes to your kids! While it might be a worrisome thought, your kids can benefit from having a phone of their own. You want to be tapped into what they have going on while giving them the freedom to grow.

What if they get home early from school and don't have a key to get in the house? Or if they get lost walking around the mall without you? Getting your child a cell phone will allow them to be independent. Whether it's a real emergency or they just want to send you a funny meme, having a cellphone allows them to easily stay connected, whenever, wherever.

You might be wondering, "what phones are out there for kids? And how can I guarantee they're being safe?" Optimum Mobile has the 411 on the best phones to get your children, as well as more info on how to keep them safe.

Two children using mobile phones

Parental Controls for Kids Phones

When deciding what kind of phone you want to get your child, you’ll want to consider a few things!

Of course, you want them to have some elbow-room to figure things out for themselves. But, you also want to know they're protected even when you can't physically see them.

Here are a few parental controls that most kids phones provide:

  • Limiting screen time - You want them to use the phone but you also want them to go to bed on time! Setting screen time limits allow you to make sure they’re not spending too much time on certain apps or the phone in general.
  • Application downloads - Are there certain apps you don’t want your child to download? No problem! You can block certain applications from downloading on your child’s phone and unblock them whenever you feel comfortable.
  • Location tracking - Keep an eye on your kids as they go for a bike ride in the park is easier than ever. You can monitor your child’s location and set alerts to notify you when they leave a certain area.
  • Internet usage - Kids’ phones can limit or eliminate internet usage. The internet is a big space and you want your kids to only interact with the best parts.

Girl using smartphone in the park

Best Phones for Kids

To ensure that the phone you give your child fits all of your needs, Optimum Mobile has collected a range of different phones that can match the qualifications you want for your child.

If you’re looking for something that is for small children the Republic Wireless Relay Screenless Phone is a great choice! It serves as an upgraded walkie-talkie and doesn't even have a screen, so there's no need to worry about your little ones clocking up too much screen time. It allows you and your child to communicate through voice messaging. And it's not only a communication device, you can monitor its activity through an app on your phone. You can see GPS tracking and geofencing notifications when they exit the limited area you set up. It allows you to let your children play independently. It's available for $49.99 with a contract for $9.99 a month.

Looking for a no-frills option for a phone? The Alcatel Go Flip 3 will get the job done! Your kids won't be able to watch TikTok on this phone but they'll be able to make calls, text, and take pictures. There is a small screen on the front of the flip phone so your children can see who is calling before they answer. Each phone comes with Google Assistant, so they'll have no issue making phone calls. It comes with accessibility features such as larger keys and hearing aid compatibility. The flip phone can also be a wonderful phone option for your elderly parents. The Alcatel Go Flip 3 is available for $100.00.

Are you looking for a phone without the internet? The Gabb Z2 Phone takes that out of the equation! The phone has no Internet, games, or social media capabilities. It comes preactivated and your child will be ready to use it as soon as it comes out of the packaging. This phone has a GPS locator so you can keep track of your children no matter where they are. Plus it comes with unlimited talk and text, the basic plan doesn't allow for group and picture messaging, but the upgraded plan allows both for $5.00 more a month. Available for $99.99 with plans starting for $19.99 a month.

What if your kids want the smartphone vibe and you want the comfort of knowing they're safely using the phone? The Palm Phone is a great option for a "starter" smartphone. Parents can download the Google Family Link app to monitor their child's phone usage. It has a GPS tracker so you can see where your children are and know when they're on the move! Create restrictions on the different applications your children download. For example, for the TV apps, you can restrict them from seeing anything past a TV-14 rating. While placing certain restrictions on the apps, you can also monitor which apps your children are using the most and how much screen time they're clocking in. The Palm Phone is available for $159.99 and plans starting at $5.00 a month.

Is your older child looking for their first smartphone? The iPhone SE is perfect for your pre-teens. They can text in the family group chats and share photos with everyone. You can enable the "Screen Time" feature on their phone to set time limits on certain applications. For example, if you want to limit the time your teenager spends on Instagram, you can set the time limit to only 30 minutes a day. And once their 30 minutes are up the app will be blocked from usage. The iPhone SE is available for $399.00.

You work hard to keep your children safe, that shouldn't stop at their technology! These phones can create a safe environment for you and your children.

Good luck and happy shopping!

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