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Cards For Teens

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May 04, 2010

American Express Launches PASS - Prepaid Reloadable Card for Teens

AmericanExpress_logo-140px.jpgAmerican Express yesterday launched PASS - "a prepaid reloadable Card parents give to teens and young adults, providing peace of mind to parents as a safer alternative to cash, credit and debit cards. PASS, which will be sold and marketed exclusively to adults, is currently available as a preview to American Express Cardmembers and will be available to the general public this summer." READ MORE »

August 25, 2009

An Update on Student Credit Cards

In an article titled "Final Semester for Credit Cards Aimed at Students?" in this morning's American Banker, Maria Aspan writes about the new rules affecting marketing of credit cards to anyone under 21 that take effect next February as part of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act. Between now and then, Aspan writes, "some industry members expect to see issuers conduct business as usual when marketing and issuing to students — if not accelerating their efforts."

August 11, 2009

PayPal Introduces Student Accounts for Teens

PayPal_logo-140px.jpgPayPal has announced the launch of the Student Account - calling it "a fast and secure way for U.S. teens to shop online using PayPal and in stores with the Student Card, while providing parents with a variety of monitoring capabilities."

According to PayPal, "the Student Account eliminates the hassle of everyday money exchange between parents and teens, while giving teens the chance to learn good spending habits through the experience of being responsible for their own money. Parents can establish up to four PayPal sub-accounts for their teens, transferring funds into those accounts when needed, on a one-time or recurring basis." READ MORE »

February 24, 2009

Discover Introduces Current Debit Card for Teens

Hero_Front.jpgDiscover Financial Services has announced the launch of Current by Discover Card - calling it "an innovative debit card for teens that helps them track and manage their spending and keep their money safe. The card also helps parents foster financial responsibility in teens, which is especially critical in today’s economy." READ MORE »

April 16, 2008

UK's First Prepaid Debit Card With Built-In Proof-of-Age

UreLife has announced 'the UK's first ever prepaid card to incorporate Government-approved proof-of-age verification.' By combining a prepaid Visa debit card with a colour photograph and PASS (Proof of Age Standards Scheme) accredited proof-of-age hologram, the card provides a new way for parents and retailers, and for the first time online retailers, to stop underage spending on age-restricted goods. READ MORE »

September 28, 2007

Card Advice Guides for Young People

APACS, the UK payments association, has launched two new advice guides "offering practical advice on choosing a plastic card for a teenager or young adult. One of the guides, Choosing cards - a guide for the under 18s icon_PDF_small.gif, is aimed at young people, and the other, Using cards - a guide for parents icon_PDF_small.gif, is for their parents. These form part of a series of consumer advice guides produced by APACS aimed at simplifying personal finance."


August 25, 2007

Payment Cards Train Teenagers to Use Plastic

M.P. Dunleavey reports for the New York Times on payment cards being marketed "squarely at teenagers". A recent survey is cited concluding that "less than half [the teenagers surveyed] said they understood how a debit or credit card worked."

July 19, 2007

Kids Find a Way to Shop Online

Internet Retailer reports on a recent survey by Stars for Kidz that reported that "77% of children 8 to 14 have completed an online transaction."

July 17, 2007

PAYjr Launches PAYjr Visa Buxx Card for Teens

PAYjr has announced a prepaid card for teens that allows them to "upload pictures for the design of their card."


March 20, 2007

PAYjr, Credit Union Association of New Mexico Partner For Teen Debit Cards

PAYjr has announced a strategic marketing partnership with the Credit Union Association of New Mexico (CUANM) that enables CUANM to offer a co-branded version of the PAYjr Programs to their existing customer base of more than 500 credit unions as well as future clients of the association's CU Succeed youth financial education program.


February 20, 2007

Mobile Payments For Teens From Obopay

Obopay has announced a new Sponsored Accounts feature that the company says "allows anyone under 18 to benefit from the fun, convenience and security of sending and receiving money in real time via the mobile phone. Through this new family enhancement, parents can provide each child with an Obopay account linked to his or her own mobile phone. With Obopay, kids can now enjoy the freedom of spending cash in a cool new way, while parents get the tracking and control they need to ensure fiscal guidance." Obopay has also announced it is now offering a new "Refer-A-Friend" program to incent signups. It rewards Obopay users who refer their friends to signup with Obopay with $5 for each successful referral.


Prepaid Debit Cards for Kids

Vicki Lee Parker writes for the McClatchy Newspapers about PayJr and other prepaid debit cards targeting teens and even younger children. She asks "is putting plastic into a child’s hand, especially one under 12, really going to teach the child how to manage money?

January 09, 2007

Educating Teens About Credit

Caren Weiner Campbell writes for writes about "how best to introduce kids to the temptations of swipe-and-sign" in an article about teens and cards titled "Educating Teens About Credit".

November 15, 2006

PAYjr Prepaid MasterCard For Teens

PAYjr, a free online money management system for teens, has announced it is now offering a prepaid MasterCard card, issued by MetaBank, as a companion to their online PAYjr service that helps parents teach their teenagers how to manage their allowance and develop better spending habits.


September 20, 2006

Debt 101 For College Students

Amy Hook of MarketWatch reports in today's Wall St. Journal about a slight downward trend in credit card balances of college students. Several recent articles have highlighted a decline in the acceptance of credit cards by colleges and universities for tuition payments - as university administrators are steering students to pay tuition bills using electronic checks instead of cards and, in the process, saving merchant card discount fees the universities would otherwise have to pay.

September 16, 2006

Cards And Students

APACS, the UK payments association, has published a new guide, Cards and Students, providing "comprehensive financial advice for students about to start university."

September 13, 2006

Catwalk Distribution Offers Industry Debit Card For Models

Catwalk Distribution in partnership with Trycera Financial, has announced the Model Prepaid MasterCard, a "full service financial tool designed to help professional and aspiring models and actors manage their finances smarter, faster and safer than ever before."


April 25, 2006

Perils of Plastic, Dealers of Debt

In a column titled "Cash preferable to credit for kids", the Washington Post's Michelle Singletary writes about her views on why credit cards (including prepaid cards) are just bad news for kids and teens.


April 24, 2006

All You Need: A Pulse And A Social Security Number

Angela Delli Santi reports for the Associated Press on new legislation introduced by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez that would "strengthen consumer protections against zealous marketing practices and abuses by credit card companies" who he says will issue credit cards to "anyone with a pulse and a social security number". Read on for the full text of the press release issued by his office on his "Credit Card Bill of Rights".


April 23, 2006

April 18, 2006

US Teens Steady On Credit Cards

Will Shanley reports for the Denver Post that according to the 2006 Interprise Poll on Teens and Personal Finance the percentage of teenagers nationwide who own credit cards has not increased in recent years, according to an annual poll of teenagers. About one in 10 U.S. teens, 10.3 percent, reported owning a credit card. That compares with 13 percent of teens who said they owned a credit card in 2004 and 11 percent in 2005.

April 16, 2006

Teens Banking on Their Parents' Credit Cards

Melissa Dahl writes for the Sacramento Bee about teens and credit cards - and the responsibility for using cards appropriately.


February 12, 2006

Debit Cards For Teens

In a column titled "Plastic, Not Fantastic," Steve Rosen writes for The Kansas City Star about kids and money and asks whether 10 year olds really need their own debit card - in particular, the Allow Debit MasterCard for teens.


January 29, 2006

Watching From A Distance

Harris Murray writes for the Times and Democrat in Orangeburg, SC about how she finds it reassuring to be able to see her daughter's MasterCard charges online while she's on a foreign trip away from home.


UK: BlueCorner Teen Card "A Really Terrible Product"

Lisa Bachelor writes an opinion piece for the UK's Sunday Observer newspaper about a teen prepaid Maestro spending card that BlueCorner introduced last week.


January 16, 2006

Payment Cards For Teens

Jessica Mintz reports for the Wall St. Journal on the three primary payment card choices for kids: a credit card; a debit card linked to a checking or savings account; or a prepaid debit card that can be loaded with money by parents or children.

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