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What makes a cell phone "kid friendly?" A model such as the firefly mobile phone for kids has parental controls, only five buttons, and password-protected call screening. These all add up to ease of use for the kids, and peace of mind for parents.
Many kid friendly cell phones have limited dialing options and call screening features to permit only calls from numbers you choose. One feature to pay special attention to is the "emergency" button on your child's first cell phone. The emergency 911 button on some models makes it all too easy to accidentally dial 911 when handling the phone. If you suspect that a prominent emergency button will be a problem, shop for a kids cell phone with a more streamlined handset.
If you need Chaperone service or a GPS locator feature for the phone, be sure to double-check the specs on that kid-friendly cell phone. If GPS is included, it will be listed in the technical specifications of that phone.