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Why It Might Be Good to Get Your Child a Flip Phone Instead of a Smartphone

Parents who worry about their children constantly being on their phones, but who still want to be able to communicate with them, might want to give their kids a flip phone instead of a smartphone. Good Morning America laid out 10 reasons for going with a flip phone — which is also called a feature phone, since they don’t all flip — for a child’s first phone as manufacturers are coming out with new ones that have better communication tools, long battery lives and durable designs.

1. Communications and safety are the reasons most parents get a child their first phone. Flip phones are great for making phone calls, and simple messages can be sent using numeric texting. 

2. Your child will not get sucked into the vortex of games, social media and group-chat apps.

3. They are cheap – many start at $25.

4. You don’t need an expensive data plan. Basic phone plans can be as little as $15 a month for talk and texting.

5. Battery life. Some of the phones can keep a battery charge for a week.

6. They are almost indestructible.

7. Less texting pics. Because the screens are smaller and the cameras are lower resolution, texting pictures is less appealing.

8. Basic app access. Newer phones can work with basic apps, and even basic feature phones without apps have browser access.

9. GPS-tracking. Flip phones can be GPS-tracked via add-on family mapping features from some carriers.

10. Peace of mind. You can communicate with your child but you don’t have to open the Pandora’s box of a device we adults are having trouble handling responsibly.