Bill My Parents

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Site institutionalizes "the gimmes" but allows veto power.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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Positive Messages

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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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bygoodmother April 30, 2014

my daughter is alone in Chicago with just $55 for the next 4 to 5 days

I was already fed up with the $100 limit and $3 service charge but now I am gone from this program. My daughter's monthly allowance (drawn from my checking... Continue reading
Adult Written byDemarest30 October 23, 2011

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... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 10, 2009
Kid, 11 years old July 3, 2010

A Middle School Essential

I am going into seventh grade and the whole family thinks the prepaid card (they now have an option!) is the perfect transition from the weekly treat system

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

Website details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free

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