My ten-year old son is Autistic and technology is something he gravitates towards. It makes him feel comfortable, he excels at it and it’s a way for him to bridge the gap socially with other children his age. He has been asking for a cell phone for quite some time now but both my husband and I have been hesitant to get him one because we did not want his usage of data and when he used it to go unchecked. Luckily, we learned about Virgin Mobile Custom with parental controls.
Virgin Mobile Custom plans and phones are new and available at select Walmart locations and on Walmart.com.
The new Virgin Mobile Custom plans allow you select what amount of talk, text and data you need so you can control your monthly costs and you are never locked into a contract. The plans start as low as $6.98/month but are completely customizable. Don’t talk on the phone really but text a lot? You can up your number of texts. Do you have a child like mine that only needs the phone for emergency calls, to text mom and dad but will more than likely be a data hog? Then keep the base plan for talk and text at 20 talk minutes and 20 text messages but up the data to 1GB a month. They even have specialized unlimited plans for Social (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.), Music (Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, etc.), Navigation (Google Maps, Telnav & Waze) and International Calling. You can even make the new Virgin Mobile Custom into a family plan and select what works best for your whole family while keeping it all affordable.
The thing that appealed most to me about Virgin Mobile Custom was the parental control they offer. You get to assign what apps work and when they do. You can pick the days of the week and times of day for each app. I also like being able to control who my child can and can’t call or text which this allows for. The big thing for me though is setting curfews. I am able to set the phone not to work during certain times of the day. During the school week the phone will not work between 8 am and 3 pm. Every day of the week the phone is set to curfew between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am so I know he is sleeping and not horsing around on his phone instead.
Do you have a teen or tween who wants a smartphone but you have been hesitant to get them one? Here are some facts about what kids are saying about cell phones, some interesting statistics and why Virgin Mobile Custom is the right phone service for parents to give their kids.
For more information on the new Virgin Mobile Custom be sure to head on over to their website. You can also follow Virgin Mobile on Facebook and Twitter and for a more detailed look at the great features Virgin Mobile Custom offers parents be sure to check out the video below.
At what age do you think a child should get a cell phone?