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restrict mobile data for child

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restrict mobile data for child

We are looking to get a mobile phone phone my daughter soon.  However, we just want a "dumb phone" for her at this point - no mobile data.  My preference would be to add her onto my xfinity mobile account with a dumb phone but I realize that there are no "dumb phone" options.  Since she wouldn't be using any mobile data, there would be no extra cost to add her with just talk and text to my family account.  So, I thought that one way to do this would be to add her with a compatible android smart phone but to turn off or at least restrict the mobile data usage for that account.  Is there any any way to do this on the server side?  I was previously on google fi and the account owner could turn off mobile data for any of the users.  But I can't find that option on xfinity mobile.  This would be my ideal solution.  

 

If that's not an option for xfinity mobile, does anyone know of an app that would allow a parent to toggle mobile data on/off and password protect that setting?  I know that mobile data can be turned on/off for any android phone but I want to this setting to be locked for a parent to use (ie. I don't want my daughter to be able to enable or disable the mobile data service).  

 

I've looked into google family link and that doesn't seem to be an option and other apps that I've found on the play store don't seem to work with newer versions of android.  

 

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Re: restrict mobile data for child

No matter your technical skill, do not embark on any "new tech" competition or battle of wits with your child, else you will lose way before you know you lost.    Do not give child any networked device if you intend to outwit/override the child's goals for the device.     If you give a child a networked device, teach child to control all the device's cellular-data/wifi settings.   Most children will do better than us adults at keeping phone's data settings optimized for whatever goal.     Teach the children as soon as they are curious that data-security is an illusion before they figure it out for themselves.    Soon the children will teach YOU the coolest new data-access/apps/methods instead of using them to trivially subvert whatever rules you try to impose.    

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Re: restrict mobile data for child

I agree that trying to restrict mobile data at a device level is fraught with loopholes and workarounds.  That's why the ideal solution is a server side one, similar to what Google Fi had.  My hope is that Xfinity Mobile has that type of solution.