By Natalie Papaj

If you have a teen or tween in your house, I am sure a cell phone tops their Holiday Wish list. We know many parents wrestle with the decision of buying their child a phone. When is a good age? How do I keep my kid safe? How do we make sure our kids are using their phones responsibly?
Only you know when your child is ready for a cell phone, but Virgin Mobile is helping make that decision easier with built-in parental controls available at no additional charge. With Virgin Mobile Custom, parents can decide what their child can access on their device, and when (voice, text and/or data).
Maybe your child isn’t ready for data, but you want him or her to be able to make calls, you can set-up the plan to only have voice. Parents can also set device curfews and app restrictions. Ditch the no texting at bed time and during school hour’s argument, by simply restricting device access during those times. Don’t you need one less thing to argue about with your teen these days?
Virgin Mobile provided devices to a few family experts so they could take Virgin Mobile Custom for a test drive and here is what they had to say:
  • Capitally Frugal: “We frequently hear horror stories about children misusing social media, and this is a great way that parents can work with their children to use their cell phone responsibly.”
  • Moms Living Thrifty: “I sure can’t do all that with my current service provider — well, not for free anyway. I can manage certain aspects if I pay to have that capability, but with Virgin Mobile Custom, there’s no cost to have this ability other than the line charges and the cost of the plan you build. SWEET!”
  • The Stuff of Success: “I prefer having a no contract plan when it comes to the kids.  You never know what surprises life holds and I am not quite up to the commitment of a contract.”
  • Life In a House of Testosterone: “Virgin Mobile has literally gone above and beyond understanding what parents truly want and need to keep their children safe”
Virgin Mobile Custom parental controls are seamless and easy-to-use. Best of all, the curfews and restrictions can be enforced over cellular network and/or Wi-Fi connections. Parents can download the FREE Custom app to any smartphone, regardless of carrier, to manage their child’s Custom device1. Virgin Mobile Custom is available exclusively at Walmart on three devices: LG Pulse™, LG Unify™ and ZTE Emblem™. Click Here to see how easy it is to set parental controls.

1Downloading and use of Custom app requires data service and/or Wi-Fi access. Check your carrier’s service plan for details.

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