If you want to keep your child connected while avoiding some online content or apps, a feature phone (or ‘dumb phone’) could be the answer.

Mobile phones can be an important and exciting piece of tech for kids to receive while growing up, but which type of phone to choose can be an equally challenging decision for any parent or carer.

Amid calls to address smartphone access and usage among under 16s, Vodafone has updated its ‘best phones for kids  hub to better highlight an alternative choice.

What are feature phones?

Basic feature phones are non-smartphones that often don’t have the ability to download apps, providing only the most essential functions, such as texting or calling. Some don’t even have web browsers.

Durable, affordable and easy to use, they can be a great alternative to smartphones for kids and teenagers.