This initiative provides solutions for children to safely access technology and give adults tools to parent their way in a digital world.
RIDGELAND, Miss. (July 31, 2023) – C Spire, a diversified telecommunications and technology services company has launched Connect and Protect, a new wireless initiative focused on innovative ways to keep families safely connected by offering services that help protect children online. This kid’s phone plan includes nationwide talk, text, and location services with no cellular data.
"At C Spire, we understand parenting is harder in the digital age, and we know the digital world is not always a safe place for our children,” said Brad Carpenter, chief information officer for C Spire. "This is why we are launching the Connect & Protect initiative.”
The Connect & Protect plan removes access to the internet and social media over cellular data and offers free parental control guides to help parents protect their children on Wi-Fi and other networks. Parents can block content including social media, limit screen time, track their child’s location, and more when kids are on Wi-Fi.
This is important because recent studies have linked social media usage to the prevalence of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression in teenagers. Instagram, Discord and Facebook can expose youth to bullying envy, peer pressure and other inappropriate content that may result in negative, mental, and physical outcomes.
“We know technology can help provide safety and security–connecting children to their parents, blocking inappropriate content, and shielding kids from digital dangers,” said Craig Jackson, general manager for Wireless Markets at C Spire. “Connect & Protect will help keep children safe when they are online. It’s just one more way we’re customer inspired.”
Here’s how the Connect & Protect plan works:
- No internet or social media on cellular data
- Nationwide talk, text, and location services
- Free parental controls setup guide
Features included with the Connect & Protect plan:
- For Apple devices: Apple and Google location services, iMessage, FaceTime, and Family Sharing data.
- For Android devices: Samsung and Google location services and Bark Jr. parental controls data.
Customers interested in the Connect & Protect offer can visit their local C Spire store for more details or learn more at https://cspire.com/connectandprotect.
About C Spire
C Spire is a diversified telecommunications and technology services company that provides world-class, customer-inspired wireless communications, Gigabit consumer Internet access as well as a full suite of dedicated Internet, wireless, IP Voice, data, cloud and managed IT services for businesses and enterprises. This news release and other announcements are available at www.cspire.com/news. For more information about C Spire, visit www.cspire.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cspire or Twitter at www.twitter.com/cspire.