December 12, 2012
Education.com, an educational and child development website for parents, has selected Kajeet for inclusion in it’s 2012 Gift Guide. Products chosen for the Gift Guide were kid-tested and teacher-approved, selected from among thousands reviewed and deemed the most likely to stand the test of time. Check out their review of Kajeet here: http://www.education.com/gift-guide/item/lg-optimus-android/.
June 7, 2011
By Daniel Neal
As a parent, I try to keep on the lookout for new sites for kids that look interesting. I just came across an excellent one, SheHeroes. Their short videos on accomplished women role models are very well done.
I wasted no time sending this link to my 12-year-old daughter. I thought others might like to know about it, too. Nice work, SheHeroes!
August 18, 2010
Is your family relying on you to make cool weekend plans? Need the scoop on all of the kid-friendly happenings around your local community? Time to check out Macaroni Kid!
A free email newsletter designed for families, Macaroni Kid provides weekly updates on the activities happening in your neighborhood. Find out where the upcoming back to school fair is being held. Check out what’s playing at the local family film festival. Get the 411 on when the annual county fair will be in town. Like kajeet, it’s all about kids.
To learn more about Macaroni Kid, or to sign up to receive the free newsletter in your neighborhood, click here.
What’s been your favorite family-friendly event this summer? Let us know!
April 21, 2010
Looking for a way to keep your tween reading when school’s out for summer? Turn to Lucy B. Parker for some help!
Just released from Puffin Books, Yours Truly: Lucy B. Parker is the story of a teen whose life is turned upside down when she becomes the stepsister of the most famous girl in the world. Written by Robin Palmer, you can learn more about Lucy and her adventures here.
And to celebrate the launch of Lucy and her story, we’re giving away free wallpapers on your kajeet handset! You can find them on the Navigator, along with Lucy B. Parker middle school survival tips. Make sure you check them out!
September 14, 2009
by Carol Politi
Outside Magazine does not typically focus on kids. However, their recent blog does a great job of profiling adventure classics for kids. The blog was spurred by the recent New York Times article on a teacher that allowed the kids in her 7th and 8th grade classroom to choose their own books.
The Outside picks? Below and on the Outside Blog:
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain
- Redwall series – Brian Jacques
- Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
- Moby-Dick – Herman Melville
- Lord Jim – Joseph Conrad
- The Red Badge of Courage – Stephen Crane
- Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
- White Fang – Jack London
- The Call of the Wild – Jack London
- A River Runs Through It – Norman Maclean’s story collection
- My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
- Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
- The Black Stallion - Walter Farley
- Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry
- Into the Wild – by Jon Krakauer
- Lord of the Flies – William Golding
- Brighty of the Grand Canyon – Marguerite Henry and Wesley Dennis
- Following the Equator – Mark Twain
- Young Men and Fire – Norman Maclean
- Down and Out in Paris and London – George Orwell
- The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway
- Walden and Civil Disobedience – Henry David Thoreau
- On the Road – Jack Kerouac
As you might expect, not every book is appropriate for every family or every age range. Check out the book descriptions to determine which books on the list might be most appropriate for your family and your child.
Do you have feedback on the books above or recommendations on great adventure books for tweens? Please comment and let us know! We can get the word out to kids on the phone.
July 21, 2009
by Carol Politi
“A Phone For Kids And Moms” is an article by Forbes highlighting our very own Mom Sales Team here at kajeet! When we found that many of our customers had come to us because they were referred by other customers, and that most of our purchasers are moms, it occured to us that we should be tapping into this moms network more formally. Since November we have been testing a program where moms that like the kajeet service go out and sell our phones to other moms. This has worked out well for both kajeet and many of the moms, who are able to provide a highly personalized introduction to kajeet for potential customers through their personal relationships, school and church relationships, and social networking channels. Now that we are starting to slowly expand the team, our experienced salespeople will act as mentors to those that are new. We hope this will help jump start the sales process for the new moms as they will be able to take advantage of the hard work we have done over the past 8 months.
June 30, 2009
by Carol Politi
kajeet has been awarded the iParenting Media Award for 2009 Excellent Products in the Safety category. This is the third parenting award kajeet has won in the last eight months!
The product reviewers had the following to say about kajeet:
“Kajeet does a great job of giving kids the feelings of self-confidence and respect that come with owning a cell phone,” said one iParenting Media Awards Reviewer. “It also helps parents feel safe and in control, because they can give their kids as much or as little freedom they need.”
“This product is a great way to give parents peace of mind knowing that they can access their children when necessary,” said another iParenting Media Awards Reviewer. “It also allows children to contact their parents in case of an emergency.”
“My favorite feature is the time-out blocks. They allow me to control what hours the phone can be used by my children, but still allow them access to us, their parents, in case of an emergency,” said the third iParenting Media Awards Reviewer.
iParenting Awards, a Disney Interactive Media Group property, is part of the Disney Online network of family-focused Web sites, including Disney Family.com and FamilyFun.com. The iParenting Award provides kajeet with visibility with the array of parents that use these websites to help find solutions to common parenting dilemmas and to find fun things to do with their kids. (If you don’t already use these sites – check them out! Family Fun is profiling great activities for the 4th of July and also has good tips on cost effective family and kid activities).
Thanks to the everyone in the kajeet customer base for your feedback and help in building our service into the one it is today. We would not be a recipient of these parenting awards without you!
June 29, 2009
by Carol Politi
Most parents come to kajeet to get access to the latest in parental control features, but also want to be sure the kajeet service contains enough fun stuff to make their kids happy. In that light, kajeet phones now provide access to a limited array of mobile web sites that provide the following information & entertainment:
Kids that want to check out the latest game scores, work on their homework, learn about animals, or figure out what the weather will be for practice this afternoon are all covered!
Remember, if you do not want your child to use Surfing on their phone you can turn it off using FeatureManager as follows:
- Login to the kajeet website
- Go to Configurator and then FeatureManager
- Change “ability to use” to OFF for the Surfing feature.
Please let us know how your child enjoys the service and what else you and your child might like to see added.
January 27, 2009
by Carol Politi
I woke up this morning to the first snow day of the year. My kids were thrilled and immediately tasked me with finding all the sleds, snowboards, etc. before I was allowed to leave for the office.
In the middle of all this I suddenly thought about kajeet calendars and thought it might be a good idea to put out a reminder on how to set exception days.
If you are a kajeet customer, you know we allow you to set up calendar blocks that make sure the phone cannot be used during certain hours – like school hours. Most parents put their own numbers (and other emergency numbers) in as “always allowed” numbers which means these are not impacted by the block.
If you also want to make sure your kid can call their friends on a snow day you just need to add the day as an exception and it will override any calendar block you may have set. To do this simply go to the TimeManager, click on “exception days”, and put in the override dates. This works for snow days, vacation days, etc.
Let’s hope there is school tomorrow!
January 9, 2009
by Carol Politi
Recently I blogged about promoting books on cell phones – tweens are a tough group to reach when it comes to reading and it was intriguing to think about reaching them through their cell phones.
We are at it again. Inkheart is a best selling book series by Cornelia Funke. The story is about a dad (“Mo” Folchart) and his daughter Meggie who bring characters from books alive. Every time they bring a character to live, a real person disappears into the book pages. The books have a good dose of excitement and a bit of an edge to them. Common Sense Media calls the first book “a rousing adventure” in their review. The Inkheart movie launches on January 23rd, so we launched a “read the book before the movie” internet page on kajeet phones to encourage kids to read the book.
Going to the movie might be a great reward for reading the book. Does that work? Let me know what you think.