A recent article in the Wall Street Journal revealed that kids today are getting less sleep than recommended – and suggests that advances in new technology may partially be at fault. No longer are books and radio considered the main culprits. Now television, the Internet and cell phone activity are what researchers believe are causing kids to get less sleep – and late night texts, calls or emails certainly don’t help (something our free parental controls can prevent!).

Do cell phones keep your kids up late? How do you manage this?

kajeet – the smart 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

SheHeroes!

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!

kajeet – the safest cell phone 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

New Parent Dashboard!

February 2, 2010

by Carol Politi

New Parent DashboardLogin to your kajeet account to see the all new Parent Dashboard!

We have revised the Account Details and Parental Controls pages to make it easier for you to manage your child’s account including monitoring Account Activity, purchasing and changing plans, and controlling the time, features, and spending for each phone on the account.

Please comment here to 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

New Mobile Web Sites!

January 11, 2010

by Carol Politi

We have been keeping our eyes open for mobile web sites that are appropriate for kids and have made available additional sites in the “Other Great Mobile Sites” category on the handset.  As our mobileweb users know, the service supports four categories of sites:

  • Category 1: Free sites
  • Category 2:  Other “kid appropriate” mobile sites
  • Category 3:  Social Networking and IM Sites
  • Category 4:  Open Internet

We have opened access to number of new sites in Category 2 – including sports, style, several magazines, Thesaurus, etc.

Enjoy!  Please let us know if there are other mobile sites we should include in this category.

kajeet – the cell phone service made for kids

Rumors! In All Colors!

November 24, 2009

By Carol Politi

We are back in stock on Rumor phones!  These are Rumor 1 Refurbished units and they are available for $129.99!  They come in an array of colors – black (with both blue and silver interiors), white, green, and blue.  If you want a specific color for a holiday present, buy early as some of the colors are limited.

What is a kajeet certified refurbished Rumor?  These are devices that have been gently used and returned for any variety of reasons.  The devices are completely reflashed with new software and come in brand new packaging.   All refurbished devices come with 30 day money back guarantee – if you are any way unhappy with your purchase you can return it.  Note that we have made a special holiday extension for this return guarantee! Phones purchased directly from kajeet during November 2009 may be returned for a full refund (except shipping) through January 10, 2010. The refurbished devices also come with a 90 day warranty.

Text Paks on the Phone

November 2, 2009

By Carol Politi

We offer a variety of ways to purchase Text Paks – including the option to purchase these on the handset itself.  Because we assume that a child is the user of the handset, it is only possible to make one time (i.e., non-recurring) Text Pak purchases from a kajeet handset.

There are three options for one-time Text Pak purchases available on the handset:

1.  200 texts for $4.99

2.  1,000 texts for $9.99

3.  Unlimited texts for $19.99.

This ability to fund these one-time Text Paks from the wallet allows you to provide an allowance in your son or daughter’s kajeet wallet and let them decide how they want to spend it – talking, texting, playing games, etc.  (Note that your calls will always go through – even if they run out of their allowance – if you fund your Parent Wallet).

The handset purchase options are especially ideal if your son or daughter may not be purchasing a Pak every month.  For example, if they know they will text more over a holiday when they are not with their friends or if they want the ability to spend their phone allowance on texts one month and games the next.

Are you or your child using the handset purchase option?   Please let us know what other tools you would like to see on the handset.

Sanyo 2700

October 6, 2009

Sanyo 2700Sanyo 2700 BlueBy Carol Politi

Have you checked out kajeet’s new Sanyo 2700 devices on kajeet.com?  These are great!!!  (And they are on sale for $10 off during our launch period – through October 12!)

Here is what the reviewers are saying:

“The Sanyo SCP-2700 is slim and lightweight, with a great keyboard and an easy-to-use interface. It offers extensive messaging support, including support for corporate e-mail. It’s also very affordable.”  CNET

PhoneScoop provides a good physical description of the phone in its review:  “It is small, somewhat sleek, relatively attractive, and very light weight. In other words, it is easy to carry around. The sides and edges are rounded, making it comfortable to hold in your hand. The back plate covering the battery has some slight texture to it due to the checkered pattern, but the rest of the plastics are smooth. This phone was made to fit in your jeans pocket.”

The Sanyo 2700 is great for kids that love to text and it also comes with the kajeet service and free parental controls allowing you to configure limits, turn off texting at night, and more.

Comment here & let us know how you like the 2700!

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