This holiday season, there’s one gift that every kid is sure to ask his or her parents about: a cell phone! But before parents embark on their holiday shopping, they’re looking closely at what features are provided by various cell phone services.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune recently provided a checklist for what’s important when getting your kid a cell phone, including parental controls, a GPS locator and prepaid plans. Kajeet has all of this and more, which is why the Tribune lists it as a top-rated cell phone service for kids! Click here to read the entire story.

kajeet – the smart phone for kids

Kajeet in the Sacramento Bee!

September 20, 2011

The buzz is out!

Kajeet was recently featured in an article in the Sacramento Bee that addressed what parents may want to consider before getting their kid his or her first cell phone. Among the many topics discussed were ways parents can manage cell phone use – and how kajeet makes this simple with our free parental controls. Click here to see what else makes kajeet a popular pick for parents!

kajeet – the safest cell phone for kids

Shine, a website from Yahoo, recently showcased kajeet as favorite cell phone option for teens and tweens.

Among the features highlighted were kajeet’s kid-friendly phones (specifically our popular Samsung Seek), our GPS Phone Locator service, affordable plan prices and free, online parental controls. Check out what else the tech-savvy mom author had to say about kajeet here!

kajeet – the safest cell phone for kids

Mobile Gaining Momentum

June 24, 2011

Is your kid connected in the classroom?

If not, it likely won’t be long before he or she is. Recent data reveals that more and more schools and libraries expect to implement or expand their use of digital textbooks or wireless devices sooner rather than later. And as technology continues to grow, so does the need for a safe, secure mobile solution in the classroom.

Michael Flood, Vice President, Education Markets of Kajeet for Education, recently shared his views on why mobile should be a top priority with EdNET Insight. A leader in K-12 and higher education technology, Michael explained how the growth of new school, district, state and federal strategies, mobile devices and platforms are causing students, educators and parents to start looking at learning in new ways.

Click here to read more about what Michael believes is ahead for mobile technology and education – and let us know what you think about it!

kajeet – the safest cell phone for kids

Justin Bieber’s mother apparently canceled the teen pop star’s cell phone service as punishment for an argument the two had while on tour. – AOL Music

Dear Ms. Patricia Bieber,

We just heard the news that you recently cancelled your son’s cell phone service because of an argument between the two of you. As parents ourselves, we applaud you! It is refreshing to see that even world famous teen pop stars need to listen to their mother and not misbehave! Good call with targeting his cell phone too. In today’s technology-focused world, cell phones are a great tool to teach responsibility and consequences. Taking away cell phone service for any teenager is rough on them, as Justin probably discovered. But hey, even with a son as successful and well-behaved as yours, Mom is still the boss!

If you have not previously heard of us, we are kajeet® – the safest cell phone service for kids. In short, we are a flexible and affordable cell phone service, with free unlimited parental controls, that give parents the ability to teach their teens and tweens to use cell phones in a safe, responsible manner. Our parental controls allows caring parents, like yourself, to limit the content their kids can access, determine when the phone may be used, and restrict who can call or text in and out. We feel like our service can really help you because our service makes it easy for you to manage his cell phone use without having to cancel any plan entirely. Specifically, you can set up our parental controls (all online!) to allow only a few important phone numbers from people you trust to reach Justin’s cell phone. This means you can still flex your mom muscle with Justin but still make him available to yourself and his mentor, Usher, at all times. It is always nice to know that your son or daughter is only a phone call away. And we must admit, we don’t want Justin to miss out on the chance to learn new dance moves from Usher!

We thank you for being such a good role-model for caring parents around the world. It is truly inspiring to see you raise Justin so strongly in front of our eyes. We think every parent should learn about our cell phone service and decide on their own whether or not it is right for them. You can view our feature demo here to learn more about us. We wish you and Justin the best of luck in the future.

Sincerely,

Your friends at kajeet

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

“Hopefully my status as ‘coolest mom on earth’ will last long enough to get me through her wanting to dye her hair blue.”

When is the best time to buy your child a cell phone? The debate continues to rage on. Cool-gadgets.com, a website dedicated to the ongoing search of finding the coolest gadgets, recently featured kajeet in their children’s gadgets section and believes our cell phone service is perfect for kids, no matter the age of the child. In the write up, kajeet is lauded for our great parental features such as no contract plans, call blocking, TimeManager and GPS. It even goes as far as to say that our service is a win-win for the parent and the child. Sweet! Click here to read the full write up.

kajeet – The cell phone service made for kids

As a parent, there’s a lot to consider when deciding whether or not to get a cell phone for your kid. What plans are available? Can limits be set on usage? What features, like picture messaging, GPS or web browsing, can be accessed? It’s a tough choice for sure, and kajeet CEO Daniel Neal echoed this in a recent article in the Des Moines Register. The article shared some helpful suggestions that parents may want to consider before investing in a cell phone for their kid. You can check out the article here.

What factors did you think about before getting your kid his or her first cell phone? Let us know what you think!

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

by Daniel Neal

Three and a half years ago my wife, Heller An, and I met our now 14-year-old son, Alex, through an amazing organization: Kidsave International. Kidsave’s motto is “Because every child needs a family.” Simply put, that is why kidsave exists. It helps kids without families find them.

In their own words:

“Kidsave gives kids who are hidden from public view in foster care and orphanages the opportunity to visit with families and build relationships. We work as a catalyst for change, training social workers, orphanage workers and volunteers to help kids find permanent families, and change practices, laws and public financing to increase permanent family care for orphans and youth in foster care.”

Since 1999, more than 2700 individual children have found parents and lasting connections with adults because of Kidsave programs. Thousands more orphans and children in foster care around the globe have parents and lasting connections because of Kidsave’s training and advocacy efforts.

One of Kidsave’s most successful programs is its Summer Miracle Program.

Our family participated in this program in 2006. Yes, you probably guessed: our beloved son Alex was the child we hosted that magical summer.

Kidsave is now seeking Host Families for its 2010 Summer Miracles Program. If you know someone who may wish to learn about this program, you can find out more here .

If you want information about the Kidsave organization and its other programs, you can learn more here .

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

by Carol Politi

Wow.  Even those of us focused on kids and media were surprised with the recent Kaiser Family Foundation Study on kids and media use.  The study, called “Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds“, indicates that kids spend more than 53 hours a week consuming media (counting a blend of TV, computers, gaming devices, cell phones, etc.).  And that count does not include multitasking – which brings the media use count up to 10 hours and 45 minutes per day.

Much of the increase is driven by the accessibility of media on mobile devices – ipods and cell phones (though the increase in social media use is also a factor).  Note that text messaging is not considered media use in this study – and that “7th-12th graders report spending an average of 1:35 a day sending or receiving texts”!

Clearly, media consumption is a fact of life.  So what’s wrong with this picture?

1.  Kids that are heavy media users report getting lower grades.

2.  Kids that are heavy media users report being less personally content.

What’s the upside here?  One bit of upside is that parents can have an impact!  The study indicates that “When parents set limits, children spend less time with media. Those young people who say their parents have some rules about their media use are exposed to an average of nearly three hours (2:52) less media content per day than those who say they don’t have rules.”

Most parents get cell phones for their kids for safety reasons.  But doing so can put more media – and another device with which to multi-task – in the hands of kids.  kajeet customers can set limits – on both the type of content/service used on the cell phone and the time spent using the cell phone.  This includes limiting access at night, during school, and during home work time.  To set these up simply login at kajeet.com or call kajeet customer care (1-866-452-5338).

Please comment here to let us know what you think of the Kaiser Family Foundation study and how you manage media access and use in your household.  We could all benefit from some good ideas!

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

by Carol Politi

Consumer Reports just did an analysis of the Best and Worst Cell Phone Deals. Their takeaway: “A Two Cell Phone Family Could Save $220 Per month By Going Prepaid”. They also noted that prepaid allows you to cut your expenses by decreasing usage and changing plans when you happen to need your phone less or if you want to decrease expenses any one month. Of course, I’m not unbiased – at kajeet we have always been advocates of no contract plans – especially for kids whose usage tends to be moderate.

The message is getting out – more than 45% of new mobile subscribers this year are predicted to be prepaid (Strategy Analytics). However, there is still a perception by many that the extra family plan line costs only $10 per month. The reality is that second lines cost an average of $35/month (iGr Research did a detailed analysis of this when they studied kid phone use). Why? The $10 is just the carrier service fee. It turns out that carriers actually give you fewer minutes with a family plan than they give you with an individual plan. Let’s say you have been paying $59 for your individual plan. In many contract plans you would receive 900 minutes. Move to a contract family plan and you are paying 69.99 for 700 minutes – that’s $10 more for 200 less minutes. If you really needed those minutes you would have to move up – but the next plan you can get is actually the 1400 minute plan that costs $89.99!

So families add a cell phone but actually get fewer minutes for a higher price. And contract plans encourage “supersizing” as they have overages charges that are expensive and costly. So families end up not using all their minutes every month. On top of this you incur taxes, line fees, and charges…

No wonder many people are moving to prepaid. On a prepaid plan, when the budgeted allowance is used up, the phone no longer works. This is great for budgeting and why almost 40% of parents buy prepaid phones for their kid’s first phone.

Good for budgeting, but a significant downside when you are talking about a safety phone for kids. That is why the kajeet service offers two “wallets”. One – the kid wallet – can be used to set a budget with your kids. The second – the parent wallet – can be used to pay for calls and texts to and from parent numbers so that these always go through.

Also – with kajeet there are no expensive overages and no extra fees assessed – what you see on the price plan is what you see on the bill. And if you do purchase a pak and run out of minutes, you simply pay the standard 10 cents per minute.

A bit of a sales pitch today! I am happy to see Consumer Reports assess cell phone contract plans and become a prepaid advocate. What is holding you back from considering a prepaid plan?

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