Keeping Kids Safe – Verizon Wireless

If you’re a parent, you know more and more kids are using wireless devices to download music,

stream video, play games, and visit social networking sites. To help customersmanage their wireless budgets and stay on top of their wireless usage and their families’ as well, Verizon Wireless offers a service called Usage Controls, now more powerful with new tools to help manage megabyte usage and content purchases such as games, application downloads and ringtones. For $4.99 per line per month, customers can control data usage as well as how much, when and with whom family members are communicating.

Watch the video below from Verizon Wireless entitled “How To: Manage Usage with Usage Controls from Verizon Wireless.’ The video explains how customers can harness the power of Usage Controls to help monitor and manage their wireless lives.

Easy to set up and manage in My Verizon, Usage Controls help customers keep a tight rein on their accounts’ usage with:

  • Usage Allowances – Families or individuals can control wireless budgets with monthly usage allowances on each controlled line for voice minutes, messaging, data and content purchases such as ringtones, games and downloads. They’ll receive free text message alerts when limits are nearing and when they are reached. Once the allowance is reached, there is also an option to restrict usage.
  • Time Restrictions – Parents can set times of the day or days of the week – such as school hours or late at night – to prevent family members from calling, messaging or accessing data. Trusted contacts can always communicate.
  • Blocked Contacts – Customers can block communications with unwanted contacts.
  • Trusted Contacts – Customers can always allow communications with trusted contacts, even with Usage Controls restrictions. Calls to 9-1-1 are always trusted.
  • Notification – Account owners receive an automatic text message when a line on their account assigned to Usage Controls makes an emergency 9-1-1 call.
  • Encourage your child to “Take a break” from the online interaction rather than retaliating immediately.

In addition to Usage Controls, Verizon Wireless offers several tools and services to help families stay in control of their wireless experience, including age-appropriate Content Filters and Service Blocks, which are available without charge. Parents can learn more at

Content Filters

Make sure your kids can only view content appropriate for their age. Set restrictions like Children 7+, Teens 13+ and Young Adults 17+ for videos, websites and more.

Family Locator

Keep family members close even when they’re far. Enjoy the comfort of being able to locate them using your mobile phone, tablet or PC.

Manage Data, Voice and Message Usage, as well as Application Purchases

Worried about overages? Don’t be. From data use to minutes and messages, you’re in control of the monthly usage limits for your devices.

Schedule Time Restrictions

Set up periods of time, day or night like school hours or bedtime when you don’t want a family member using his or her phone.

Block Contacts

Unwanted caller? Block calls, texts, emails and messaging short codes from up to 20 different contacts, both domestic and international.

Allow Trusted Contacts

Identify numbers your family members can always contact in case of an emergency, regardless of any restrictions you’ve set up.

Give an Allowance for Games, Apps and More

Set a monthly dollar limit on your family member’s purchases for content downloads like ringtones, ringback tones and music.


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