Bill My Parents

Common Sense Media says

Site institutionalizes "the gimmes" but allows veto power.

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What parents need to know

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Internet shopping at will, only to be approved or vetoed by parents after the fact, may not be the best way to teach teens smart money management.

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Consumerism

This site puts forth the idea that a teen can request that their parents, as well as other adult relatives and friends sign up their credit cards here so that the teen can shop with their money. Credit card use and Internet spending are promoted, yet many teens aren't prepared to handle credit cards in any capacity, including one with veto power.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site allows kids to charge purchases on pre-selected sites to the credit cards of their parents, grandparents, and other adults in their life who sign up for this service. The site is free to sign up with but charges 50 cents per Internet shopping cart transaction.

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Kids say

What's it about?

BILLMYPARENTS allows teens to charge Internet purchases on select gaming sites, amazon.com, and other online affiliated retailers without a credit card in hand. Teens and parents (and other adult relatives and friends the teen solicits) sign up for the site, and the parent inserts a credit card number. After the teen shops online and "makes" a purchase, the parent gets the chance to approve or veto it before it's officially charged. The credit card is charged 50 cents extra per shopping card transaction for use of the service.

Is it any good?

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There might be a good application of this site, because it keeps the actual credit card number out of the hands of the teen, and monitors the purchases before they are officially charged. In practice, however, the mental and emotional hit a teen may get from just going through the process of making the purchase online and the subsequent headache the parent will get from having to say no will likely be more of a hassle than a help. Perhaps for college kids who are away at school, this might prove to be
an efficient means for parents to keep tabs on expenditures -- and may be easier to say no from afar.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about smart use of credit cards, budgets, and forethought in purchases. Talk with your teen about your family's policies when it comes to online shopping and credit cards. If your teen registers for this site, discuss what other adults in their life -- grandparents, aunts, uncles, adult friends -- you  approve of them approaching about signing up their card, which could be a rude, presumptious, or downright dangerous proposition if not handled properly.

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Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written byDemarest30 October 23, 2011
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Good idea gone wrong!

I too loved the concept behind this company and its website but needed to cancel my main card that it drawled from. That's when I realized that the website won't let you change anything. I couldn't change bank account, addresses or cancel the card itself or better yet the actual account. Also there isn't a email address under contact us that will get you to a customer service person. Now I just feel trapped. Parents be careful...I still haven't been able to close this account. I have found a better way threw our chase bank for my 15 yr old son.
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Kid, 12 years old December 10, 2009
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love it

love it
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Parent of a 14 year old Written byseagulledge August 26, 2009
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The site essentially works like a "Wish List" for kids to pick what they want to buy online, like for their birthday, and then the parent decides what to pay for. The parent also does not have to give their payment information to each site that the child wants to buy stuff from. Similar to paypal they can keep their credit card info secure for use on just one site.

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