Fintech Apps: Venmo Introduces Teen Account, Providing Parents Ability to Open a Venmo Account for Teenagers

Venmo introduced the Venmo Teen Account, providing parents and legal guardians the ability to open a Venmo account for their teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17-years-old so they can send and receive money.

The Venmo Teen Account also “comes with a Venmo Teen Debit Card1.”

For the first time, the Venmo Teen Account “gives teenagers a way to engage with and learn more about managing money through the Venmo app.”

The Venmo Teen Account will allow parents “to monitor transactions, manage privacy settings, send money to their teen, and will help parents to educate their teens on creating healthy money habits.”

Research shows “that over 45% of Gen Z prefer to have a conversation with an adult to learn about personal finance, and over 50% of parents are interested in using an app to help their children learn about money management.”

With the Venmo app and the Teen Debit Card, the Venmo Teen Account “helps start discussions about personal finances between parents and teens and gives them more ways to engage with one another and build money management skills together.”

Erika Sanchez, Vice President and General Manager, Venmo, said:

“Venmo is a natural place for teens to learn how to engage with money responsibly, especially considering 86% of Gen Z are interested in using an app to learn about personal finance2. For parents or legal guardians, the Venmo Teen Account allows them to give some financial flexibility to their teens, while giving them parental controls and visibility into their teen’s spending habits.”

Each Venmo Teen Account is “connected to and managed by a parent’s personal Venmo account and provides parents with essential parental controls and oversight of the activity on their Venmo Teen Account.”

The Venmo Teen Account privacy settings, “including payments and friends lists, will be set to private by default, and parents will be able to view their teen’s transactions and friends list. Only the parent can change the Venmo Teen Account’s privacy settings.”

Convenient: The Venmo Teen Account “has no monthly fees and offers no-fee cash withdrawals at participating ATMs through the Venmo Teen Debit Card.” Parents sign up their teen for a Teen Debit Card, which is “linked to the Venmo Teen Account balance, and can choose to grant the teen access to the Venmo app.”

Connected: Teens can “send and receive money among family and friends. Parents can monitor up to five Venmo Teen Accounts from their personal Venmo account.” Parental controls “include the ability to view the Venmo Teen Account’s balance and transaction history, manage the Teen Debit Card’s PIN, lock and unlock the debit card, review a Teen Account’s friends list, and block users from interacting with the Teen Account.”

Empowering: The Venmo Teen Account has “a separate balance from the parent’s personal Venmo account and comes with a teen’s own debit card in a range of colors and designs.” Teens can track “their own spending in the Venmo app, which helps teach financial responsibility and understanding, and Venmo Teen Accounts may be eligible to receive Direct Deposit, enabling funds to be paid directly into the Venmo Teen Account from an after-school job, for example.”

As noted in the update, PayPal claims it “has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution for more than 20 years.”

By leveraging technology “to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, the PayPal platform is empowering hundreds of millions of consumers and merchants in more than 200 markets to join and thrive in the global economy.”

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