Kid's mobile phone - how to prevent loss

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Kid's mobile phone - how to prevent loss

Postby super_dad » Fri Mar 27, 2009 8:13 am

How would you prevent your kid losing the "expensive" mobile phone? Mine recently lost it in school and we only managed to get it back after a tiring ordeal by reporting police, getting the teacher's help etc..

Kids being kids will always be losing things. How can we prevent this? I need her to bring the phone so that we can contact her after school to ensure that she is back home safely, due to her having to stay for remedial and what nots.

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Postby heutistmeintag » Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:48 am

I also want to know if there is more that I can do. Currently, I can only remind my kids to be careful and mind their things - wallet, watch, handphone etc. To be on the safe side, I cap the budget for these purchases so that I wont feel the pinch if they lose the items. My son just lost his watch yesterday. :(

BTW, did you record the IMEI number of your son's handphone. You need it to disable the phone and SIM card can be replaced.

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Postby super_dad » Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:58 am

Yeah...I did record the IMEI number. First thing I did when I got it.

However, the IMEI is quite useless. I don't think the telcos will assist you to track it or anything, or even turn it off. It is probably used if it is involved in some serious crime.

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Postby lizawa » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:27 am

i give my daughter an old phone of mine, more than 4 years old. so even if she loses it, it's still not that bad. And she got a hi-card instead of subscription. that prevents much hassle / heartache etc if she loses it.

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Postby super_dad » Fri Mar 27, 2009 11:42 am

lizawa wrote:i give my daughter an old phone of mine, more than 4 years old. so even if she loses it, it's still not that bad. And she got a hi-card instead of subscription. that prevents much hassle / heartache etc if she loses it.


Yes, definitely cannot sign plan for children. Use prepaid instead. I did started her off with a cheap phone (that died after six months)...and then got her this for her birthday present. Chidren nowadays want high tech stuff too. :)

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Postby buds » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:13 pm

Yuup, cheaper phone, prepaid card and lanyard for the
very clumsy (always drop phone) or for the less careful.
If bringing to school, think they have those pouches with
the springy chains attached to them. Bring everywhere,
cannot leave in school bag.

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Postby schellen » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:20 pm

But cannot bring along in pocket during PE.

Exam time also not allowed cos some kids use mobile phone to cheat.

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Postby super_dad » Fri Mar 27, 2009 12:52 pm

schellen wrote:But cannot bring along in pocket during PE.

Exam time also not allowed cos some kids use mobile phone to cheat.


Oh...actually, not supposed to bring phone to school...and if got, need to report to teacher. But what to do? Nowadays, my girl need to come home from school and her own....so if to be able to locate her in case any problems.

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Postby schellen » Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:00 pm

super_dad, I don't know of any school that allows mobile phones. But schools understand that some parents need their kids to have them so they close one eye, as long as usage is outside of class/school time and out of classroom. And it is off/on vibration mode always.

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Postby buds » Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:48 pm

Yes schellen,

Its more case by case basis, i suppose...
My friend's daughter brings to her school.
Everyday.. but prior to the allowance, kena
declare with the school first on its necessity.
PE shorts got zipper.

She only turns it on during recess and after
school hours. Class in session, handphone
is turned off.

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