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Old 01-26-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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cell phone for megan --- new phone owner in the house!!!

tonight I went to a grief group and my mom watched Megan...after mom left Megan told me she worries about me being out and also if I'm late picking her up from school if I get in an accident, etc. which really upsets me that she worries so much.

she asked, pleaded with me to get her a cell phone for emergency only to call me, grandma, aunt, uncle only when she's at school or I can leave her a message if I'm running a few minutes late, no friends, she promises!

so my question....does anyone have a pay as you go phone for your kid's? would need just a very basic one and can I block who she can call or get calls from? not very tech savvy so any help will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:13 AM   #2
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talk to your carrier... we have all the kids on our plan with unlimited mobile to mobile and unlimited texting. It cost $10 per month per phone...
I for one can tell you it's the best investment we have made. With 2 kids in HS and a middle schooler it's easy for them to get to us. (we text more than anything)....

If she takes it to school have her keep it in her purse and on SILENT or off during school hours and then check it as she is headed out the building (if your are running late she can always go back into the bldg to wait for you).
Our school has a strict policy but my kids play by the rules and I am sure Megan will too.
We check their phone usuage just to make sure they are abiding by the rules..
Put a parental control on it so that no one can add to the plan or change the plan..
While we have internet usuage on the phones that is a no-go..we just call if the kids accidently hit the button and open the browser...our carrier is very good about crediting us those minutes since they were not used...
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Old 01-26-2012, 06:50 AM   #3
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Morgan has a cell phone because last year she became a "walker." We live too close to the school for a bus. She only has it during the week, she has to have it on silent in school, and it has helped keep track of her. It's a complete madhouse over near the school at dismissal, but she calls me when she gets out and then goes to the library. I call her when I get there to pick her up. I did add texting to it, because of the whole footbath fiasco with mine right before we left for Disney and needing to keep in touch with people we were meeting, but she barely ever uses it, mainly texting with me now that I've got my new phone.

I'm sure just having it will be enough of a safety blanket for her to know she can get in touch with you when she needs to.
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:39 AM   #4
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Our oldest just got her first cell phone for christmas. (basic phone, with a basic keyboard). It was fairly cheap to add her to our plan, and I am glad we did it. We also did unlimited texting. I am thankful to have that extra phone now.
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:07 AM   #5
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My girls have both had "pay as you go" cells since they were in sixth grade. They are basic--texting and phone calls only. Rachel rarely uses hers, it is turned off most of the time. Sarah has an unlimited texting plan with "virgin mobile" and she loves it. Her and her friends usually text (no phone calls) and she always keeps it on silent and only looks at it between classes. Of course she only got this plan after she turned 17 and she had already had 5 years to prove she was "responsible" with her phone usage.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 01-26-2012, 10:27 AM   #6
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thanks! still need to do some research...but thinking pay as you go will probably be the best route....her school has no phone rule too and yes she will abide by it!
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