Mobiles for kids
For many parents, allowing your children to have a mobile phone can have a lot of positives and is a great way to encourage independence and responsibility.
Other benefits include:
- A phone provides peace of mind while kids commute to and from school.
- Parents can stay up to date with their children via text.
- GPS mobile tracking allows parents to see their children’s live location.
- And most importantly parents can be easily contacted in an emergency.
So, what are the considerations when deciding on a Mobile for your kids?
- Privacy Regulations
- Parental controls
Plans: Post-paid Vs. Pre-paid
Traditionally we would recommend going prepaid for your child’s smartphone, however with Telstra introducing new month-to-month plans with no lock-in contracts, no excess data charges in Australia and Unlimited standard national calls and texts, bill shock is now a thing of the past and if you leave, simply pay out your device.
Although most kids would like to have the latest and greatest in smartphone technology, these types of phones come with an exorbitant price tag, however, there are plenty of affordable, quality devices available for as little as $150 outright, so your kids can stay connected without the hefty price tag.
As responsible as your child might be, there’s still a good chance that their device will eventually end up dropped, wet, or even lost or stolen. For this reason, we recommend cases and Installing an app such as ‘Find My Phone’ can help in cases of missing devices.
Parental controls are an easy and effective way to help keep your children safe when they’re online. Most smartphones feature in-built control options for concerned parents, so you’ll be able to keep an eye on your children’s app usage. For an extra layer of safety, Telstra customers can personalise their Parental Controls through the Telstra 24×7®App.
The Telstra 24×7®App app allows you to:
- Switch Parental Controls on and off
- Choose your preferred content control levels
- Add or remove sites from your Allowed and Blocked websites lists.
New plans, new flexibility
No lock-in contracts
With our month-to-month plans, you have the flexibility to change your plan size once a month or cancel anytime. If you leave, simply pay out your device.
No excess data charges in Australia
You won’t be charged if you go over your monthly data allowance in Australia, but your data will be slowed.
Add on extras, anytime
Personalise your plan with a range of accessories, entertainment and service extras, anytime.