iParenting Media Safety Awardby 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!

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:

  • Weather
  • Sports
  • Dictionary
  • Nature
  • Wikipedia

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.

Snow Day

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!

Inkheart

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.

by Carol Politi

We just launched a really fun set of content from a great new book for tweens called “Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut!”.  This can be such a difficult age group when it comes to reading.  Kids that loved reading when they were just a bit younger too often seem to drift away from it when they hit their tween years.  So when I got a call asking if we would help author Paul Feig (creator of the TV show Freaks and Geeks) get the word out to kids about this new book, I jumped on the chance.

Frequenaut! is a fun book that has elements of comedy, fantasy, and science fiction.  The book follows Ignatius (Iggy) MacFarland who, after being teased one too many times, decides to build a rocket to escape his school bullies.  Suffice to say that this is not an easy ride – he ends up in another “frequency” battling a former English teacher that has turned into a dictator.  The book is very creative and seems to have just the right amount of spice to attract kids.   Most reviews seem to recommend the book for kids between the ages of 8 and 14.  (A public radio interview discussing the book is here.)

Paul Feig recorded a set of exclusive ringtones for kajeet users – and they get access to them free from the Navigator on the handset.  If you are a current kajeet customer, these are accessible from the Navigator home page.

What better place to highlight reading opportunities to kids than on the phone that they carry every day? Please comment & let me know what you think.

buzzagent

We recently put kajeet up for evaluation at a BzzAgent site called FrogPond. The site is somewhat like a StumbleUpon – though more targeted and tailored to promoting evaluation, feedback, and referrals from a group of Buzz Agents that frequent the site.

We launched on Frogpond on Friday – and immediately began getting real-time evaluations of our site and our service from an array of Frogpond “Agents”. They are providing great reviews, referring new customers, and submitting ideas for new kajeet services. They are also pointing out a number of areas where we could be making it easier for potential customers to understand our offering. You will be seeing results soon on our site!

As a bonus, I’ve found all sorts of interesting things on Frogpond. One is a site called MokuGift that lets you give a “gift tree” – it sends an email to whoever you are gifting telling them you planted a tree (or 2, or 3) for their present. Every tree you plan costs only one dollar!

The “One Laptop Per Child” initiative is also on Frogpond. This is an initiative that provides children in developing countries with rugged, low cost, and low power computers – “with software designed for self-empowered learning”. The laptops use only 4 watts of power (compared to 40 watts in the average laptop). Their “Give one, Get Oneinitiative allows you to both give a laptop to a child in a developing country, and get one for your own child – for only $399. What a great way to do a good deed and buy a holiday gift at the same time.

Check Frogpond out and let me know what you think.  Have a great Thanksgiving…

Soccer Mom on kajeet

October 28, 2008

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Now that the weather is getting cold (at least for those of us in the Washington DC area), there is nothing better than curling up with a good movie. Soccer Mom fits that bill – it is a light-hearted comedy that is perfect for a mom-daughter movie and popcorn session.

If you are already a kajeet customer, take a look the mobile web on the kajeet handset for an exclusive mobile preview of some scenes from the movie. kajeet has partnered with Anchor Bay Entertainment to deliver exclusive Soccer Mom mobile content to kajeet kids – for free! So kajeet kids get to pick from an array of fun wallpapers and ringtones featuring Missi Pyle and Emily Osment (of the Hannah Montana show).

You can find out more information on the movie here, and see the Common Sense Media Review of it here.

Send the boys for a night out and let me know what you think.

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