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Your SIM card is NOT the best SIM card for Children

Adult SIM Cards from aren’t always the best SIM cards for kids. Adult SIM cards are designed for Grown-ups to use and contain features that may well prove to be dangerous for Children. It’s often natural to hand things down to your children ( like an old mobile phone ), but your SIM card provider shouldn’t be your first choice.

Before providing a SIM card for kids, it’s worthwhile carefully considering all the things that they will be able to do with their new SIM, and decide whether or not it’s appropriate for the age of child using that phone.

Your SIM card is not the bast SIM card for kids

Child-Friendly SIM cards are only available for Children to use. Because they can include advanced child-protection features, such as recording, a Sim for Kids would actually be illegal to use for Adults. Fortunately for Parents looking for a kid-friendly SIM card, ParentShield is designed to be the best mobile SIM for children from the ground up. It can be used safely by children with Adult supervision. So much so, it is not open to Adults. All ParentShield users have to be children or those with special needs who would not otherwise be able to safely benefit from having their own mobile phone.

Adult SIM cards also provide the user with the power to do many things such as increase spending limits, initiate number ports and many other things. A Child-Friendly SIM will never presume the user has any authority to make fundamental changes.

Like a Grown-Up

We all know that this is what children want. They want a grown-up phone like their parents, older brothers or sisters or even their friends have.

Parental control apps, or special phones with enhanced parental control Operating Systems are useful in many circumstances but they are either easy to circumvent or come with the heavy price of becoming a phone that is fairly undesirable.

ParentShield Child SIM card is designed to provide all the most important security benefits from the Network. This means it’s possible to use ANY unlocked mobile phone regardless of the phone’s capabilities. It could be a cheap ‘burner phone’ available for £10 or it could be a £1000 iPhone and the security benefits would be identical in both cases. As the user grows it’s then a simple job of moving the SIM from one handset to the next.

Children are also quite likely to lose or drown their phone.  Applying the safety controls to the network means if ( or when ! ) the phone is damaged beyond all recognition there are no settings to contend with.

Lock that Phone

One of the most important security actions with a mobile phone is to lock it with a good pass code, and for the user to understand that it is THEIR pass code and know and understand that nobody else should have access to it.

Parental Control Apps require frequent access from the administrator for updating, examining and control.  This works against the instruction to the child to keep their phone, and its content private.

If the phone need a parent’s own security password entering then you can be fairly sure it’s not going to be long before the child knows what that password is. Game Over.

Because your ParentShield Mobile gets its features from the network and not the phone, you can make all your changes instantly without so much as touching the phone. Once the SIM is in the phone there is no need to ever touch the phone.  No Arguments there then!
From your ParentShield Portal you can listen to every call, read every text, turn mobile data on or off, set bedtime, define word alerts, block or unblock numbers and more.



Peace of Mind With The Best SIM for kids

A brand new parent-child friendly mobile network for children has recently launched called ParentShield. It is designed to allow children to have the independence of a normal mobile phone but with the strongest parental protection.

The network provides a powerful SIM which can be used in any unlocked mobile phone. It works exactly like any normal sim card, and has great coverage all over the UK through use of network roaming. Every feature of the network is designed to be child-safe from the spending controls, through to the call controls, alerts and monitoring capability.

The best phone for the best SIM for kids.

Best of all your child can have the right phone for their age and the one they will be proud to show to their friends! There are special parental control phones available but what child wants to show their friends that?

Call and SMS recording

The major difference between an adult mobile network, and a protective network for children, is the ability to record calls and text messages. Recording allows the adult responsible for the young person to carry out their duties under the Children Act and safely and responsibly monitor child communications in the least invasive way possible.

Unique Features of ParentShield

  • Use your choice of phone that your child will be proud to show off and is of the right level.
  • Records all calls and texts to and from the sim card
  • All texts and calls can be viewed in online ‘parent’ portal – Even ‘Deleted’ ones
  • Unwanted texts or calls can be blocked at the touch of a button
  • Internet can be turned on or off
  • Free calls to home
  • Time controls stop calls and texts after bedtime or during school time
  • Adjustable security options so that your child can be given more freedom as they grow
  • No advertising or encouragement to spend more is ever targeted by ParentShield at the user
  • Daily Data Budgeting allows you to make sure mobile data ALWAYS lasts the whole month
  • No overspending is ever possible.

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You should aim to be honest with your child about the risks of owning a mobile phone as well as the abilities of an engine mobile SIM – this encourages your child to be honest with you if they do face any problems.

You’re in control with ParentShield SIM from Engine Mobile – so you know they’re safe. Click here or on the link below to find the best safe SIM plan for your children.

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Comparison: Child-friendly SIM vs an Adult Network SIM

FeatureAdult SIMChild Friendly SIM card
International Calls✔️
Number Porting✔️✔️
Allow List✔️
Blocking List✔️
Premium Rate Calls✔️
Totally Capped Costs✔️
User Assumed to have Authority✔️
Network Roaming✔️
Call Recording✔️
SMS Recording✔️
Word Alerts✔️
Daily Data Budgeting✔️
Time Controls✔️
Extra Security✔️
User verification✔️
Only Children Allowed as Users✔️
Special needs features✔️
Recommended By professionals for child use✔️
Comparison of the differences between the best SIM card for Children, and an adult mobile network

Bullying via Voicemail

A good example of the difference between a parent sim and an adult sim are the dangers that they can pose in allowing bullying with voicemail. There are many reasons why you may want to block a particular caller from calling your child. It may be because of current suspect behaviour or there could be historical reasons for doing so. Both an adult sim and a parent sim allow for numbers to be blocked, but the former requires you to have access to the phone in order to do so, and usually requires the phone number to be entered into the phone’s address book.

It shouldn’t be necessary to explain why this is a particularly bad thing!

Blocking on an Adult network then sends the caller to a voicemail, where they can leave messages – only to prompt the phone to call and listen to the message. These messages are one-way and can be *really* disturbing. They can be used to pass alternative numbers to the child, or pose as other callers to tempt a call back.

Get a Parent SIM for kids

On a ParentShield Mobile contract these problems are solved. Blocking is effected remotely via your ParentShield Portal and changes are instant. The Child has no way of knowing the number that has been added, and the blocked caller is informed that the call has been blocked and there is no option to leave a voicemail.

SIM cards for Children’s phones

Many people naturally go straight for the network they’re on themselves. But for a SIM Only deal for a child’s phone the considerations are quite different. Parents tell us that they’re looking for a network that allows them to remotely monitor phone activity and apply restrictions and changes instantly.

Parents tell us that a SIM Only for a child needs to have no ability for overspending and the ability to set allowable hours when it can be used so that school and bedtimes don’t become a problem.

Because ParentShield SIM cards are for children’s phones, it’s a SIM-ONLY service that gives you flexibility and control over the hardware you choose to provide. Getting a SIM deal for a child that ties you in to hardware is rarely ideal.

A SIM for a child also needs to be special so should there be an emergency the Police will instantly know that it’s potentially a child in trouble. If it’s a PAYG SIM bought over the counter in Tesco, the Police will have no way to track you down, should your child be calling 999. With ParentShield the police know all our subscribers are children instantly.

Managing your child’s phone bill

The last thing you want are surprises! A surprise £150 phone bill caused by a child sending dozens of picture messages and texting to vote for their favourite act on TV isn’t the sort of thing you want. A mobile contract for a child needs to completely remove all possibility of overspending. Children don’t; need to be able to make calls to expensive overseas destinations as a rule, so why not completely block these numbers?

A SIM-Only SIMcard for children also needs advanced budgeting features such as ParentShield’s daily data budgeting features. Rather than budgeting Data monthly ( and a month is a long time for a child ), ParentShield’s SIM brings you daily data budgeting so if the day’s allowance is used up it’s only necessary to wait until the next day.

SIM Only Deals

Head over to the SIM Only Deals page to see the ParentShield SIM Only plans and tariffs

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