Most kids in the UK now have a mobile phone – even from the early ages of 7 or 8. The majority of British teenagers would see the removal of their mobile phone as the ultimate punishment a parent could bestow on them.
One of the major reasons why UK parents are prepared to provide their children with mobile phones is safety. We want our kids to be able to get in touch with us when they need help or have become involved in a real emergency situation.
As we all know – the major reasons kids want to have a mobile phone are to: look cool send endless texts
Even the most well behaved teenager is occasionally going to get into a scrape where they need mum and dad’s help.
As parents, we trust that our kids will have the common sense to use their mobile phones to contact us when they have found themselves in a jam. Unfortunately not all kids are blessed with the gift of common sense. As Oscar Wilde once famously said -Youth is wasted on the young.-
Even though your kids have their mobile phones in their possession there are some common reasons why they aren’t able to make that all important call to their parents:
1.Their mobile phone has run out of charge 2.They are in an area where they can’t get reception on their mobile 3.They have no change to use in a payphone
Many UK parents are making the decision to give their children an 0800 number to use when things go wrong as in the list above. The 0800 number is -pointed- to the parents’ home telephone. All your kids have to do is go to any landline including a payphone and they can make a call to their home by dialling the 0800 number given to them by mum and dad.
The cost of the call on the 0800 number is charged to the parents’ landline telephone bill but is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that no matter what happens their kids should still be able to get in touch with them easily.
This author of this article is Jemma Fox of The 0800 Number Company. Jemma is a leading authority on the subject of UK 0800 numbers. Jemma’s website can be found at where you can read up on other product lines including 0845 numbers