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Cell Phones for Kids: 6 Great Picks (page 2)

Cell Phones for Kids: 6 Great Picks

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Updated on Feb 17, 2012

Firefly glowPhone (from $49.99): This simple, restricted-dialing phone is perfect for kids under 10 years old. The model has four picture buttons—answer, end call, man and woman, making it easy-to-use even for very young kids. Program the buttons to speed-dial corresponding parents or caregivers, and add up to 18 other pre-set numbers that your child can find using the scroll pad. Parental controls allow you to control numbers in the address book, which numbers can call/text the phone and vice versa, and turn text messaging (receiving only) on or off. Your child will love the pink or black interface, color screen, built-in games and customizable ringtones.

Firefly flyPhone (from $79.99): This durable phone is a great choice for slightly older children and tweens—from about 8 to 12 years old. It has lots more features than the glowPhone, including the ability to watch videos, a built-in camera, a full keyboard, and an mp3 player. The clear colored casing and luminescent keyboard give the phone an almost futuristic look.

Firefly offers a variety of plans, but there is no long-term contract required. You also have the option of purchasing the phone and using it with SIM card-friendly carriers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile.

Verizon LG Migo (from $59.99): Designed for children from about 5 to 8 years old, this adorable little phone offers a simple pre-programmed keypad with numbers, a dedicated 911 button in case of an emergency, built-in parental controls and a toy-like appearance. There's even a speaker phone option for little hands that have trouble holding the phone up to an ear. This phone has no texting or Internet options, making it safe enough for kids as young as preschool.

When browsing for a phone, the most important features are ones that will keep your child safe from inappropriate materials and potential threats. Parental controls on Internet access, GPS tracking, incoming and outgoing calls, and photo text messages will give you peace of mind as your child explores the world safely, cell phone in hand.

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