New school year begins… Industry launches kids phone that tracks location and catches study habits
Paying a fee of 20,000 won each… Air system + thrifty SIM instead of kids phone
As the new school year begins, one of the concerns of parents with children entering elementary school for the first time is whether to buy a ‘kids phone’ for their children. The industry is releasing kids phones one after another to meet the demands of parents who are concerned about the safety of their children in the new school year, but there are a lot of complaints about it.
According to the industry on the 19th, the smartphone ownership rate of people under the age of 10 in Korea is on the rise. This is because the number of dual-income families is increasing and the importance of close care is growing due to COVID-19. According to the Information and Communication Policy Research Institute, the smartphone ownership rate of children under 10 years old was 51.0% in 2020, 20.9% in 2015, 26.7% in 2016, 34.4% in 2017, and 47.1% in 2019. there is.
In line with this, the mobile communication industry has been introducing kids phones specialized for children one after another at the beginning of this year. SK Telecoms ‘Jam Rookie Phone’, KTs ‘KT SinB Kids Phone 2’, LG U+s ‘U+ Kids Phone with Little Kakao Friends’ released.
The first smartphone that parents look for when buying a smartphone for their child is a kids phone. As the name suggests, “Kids Phone” is because there are many services specialized for children, and functions that are easy to control children’s behavior, such as location tracking, are installed by default.
SK Telecom has built-in an application that allows ZEM to take care of their children so that parents can easily manage location inquiries and smartphone usage. KT added a new app to help childrens study habits to the Mystery Kids Phone 2, and LG U+ added a ‘smart tag’ The parental control function has been strengthened compared to its predecessor, including functions.
A parent with elementary school children said that the kids phone had an app that tracks the location of the child by default, and it was good to be able to check who is calling or texting with my phone in every case.
It is said that childrens phones often break down…the fee system is secretly burdensome Some parents say that childrens phones are somewhat inconvenient. Parent B, who has children in third grade elementary school, said that the location tracking function of the kids phone was not as accurate as expected. assessed that there was no In an online community of mothers with elementary school children, there was also an article saying that they did not purchase the kids phone because it was too often broken.
There were also parents who said that they separately purchase an affordable phone SIM in the air system at home because of the considerable rate plan. This means that children do not use smartphones a lot, and the monthly plan of 20,000 won is burdensome. They used a regular air system instead of a kids phone, and installed an app that could help their children use smartphones and even track their location.
Currently, the three mobile carriers are introducing 5G and LTE rate plans for juniors. Based on 5G, SK Telecom is the ‘5G ZEM plan best’ Monthly plan 26,000 won, KT ‘5G Junior Slim’ Monthly rate plan is 28,000 won, LG U+ is ‘5G Kids 29’ The plan is offered at 29,000 won per month.
In an online community of parents with children, a parent opened a convenience store Usim on their iPhone at home, and said last month that the rate plan was 4,000 won. Another parent said that only a SIM was used in the air system, but the event price was 3,000 won per month for over a year, 50 minutes of calls and 1 gigabyte of data.