Verizon Launches 'Just Kids' Plan With Smart Family Parental Control Subscription Included

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Verizon today announced a new cellular plan that's designed for kids, with parental controls built in that will help parents keep track of their kids' activity.


Just Kids includes Verizon's Smart Family Premium parental controls (a $9.99/month value), which lets parents keep track of where their kids are, limit screen time and time spent online, and set content filters through one app. The plan also includes 5GB of 4G LTE data, unlimited talk and text to 20 parent-approved contacts, and an automatically enabled "Safety Mode" to prevent surprise overages.

“At Verizon, we take pride in being a true partner to parents by providing them with products and services designed to meet their needs in an ever-evolving and often confusing technology landscape,” said Angie Klein, vice president of marketing at Verizon.

“With Just Kids, we’re leading the way on growing up with tech, providing parents with plan options and features that give them the peace of mind they need for safe and responsible phone usage.”

The new plan is also part of Verizon's mix-and-match system, allowing users to choose a different plan for each family member, including Above Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, Go Unlimited, and Just Kids. To get Just Kids, at least one line on the account needs to be on one of the Unlimited plans, and then you can add Just Kids at $55/month with two lines, $45/month with three lines, or $35/month with four lines.


Verizon updated its Smart Family app in the spring of 2018 as a rebranding of its previous "FamilyBase" parental controls product. Besides location tracking and content filters, parents using the app can also check the battery status of their kids' phones, look at a summary of their text and call activity, and more.

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19 months ago

Perfect deal for helicopter parents everywhere!

Keeping tabs on what your kids do in the digital world is not helicopter parenting. There's obviously a line, but not staying informed at all with what your kids are doing online is just irresponsible parenting.
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19 months ago

Perfect deal for helicopter parents everywhere!

Spoken like a true non-parent.
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19 months ago
Perfect deal for helicopter parents everywhere!
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19 months ago
It sounded intriguing until $55/month (really $65 with fees). Add in a phone and you are easily over $1000 a year for a kid phone.
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19 months ago
Can you give a modern example of a slippery slope?

Keeping tabs on what your kids do in the digital world is not helicopter parenting. There's obviously a line, but not staying informed at all with what your kids are doing online is just irresponsible parenting.

If you are catching your kids doing something bad you are already behind. I appreciate “trust but verify” but prefer “trust than grant retractable freedoms.”
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19 months ago

It sounded intriguing until $55/month (really $65 with fees). Add in a phone and you are easily over $1000 a year for a kid phone.

All that for 5GB/month right?

The prices US phone companies charge are astonishing (compared to Europe)
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