Helen Bierton/Starling Bank
Starling runs out of Kite cards as demand for child-friendly debit card skyrockets
The debit card, aimed at children aged five to 15, is now back in stock after supplies were wiped out thanks to high demand.
“We want children to get the chance to understand money management from an early age, through our digital tools, so it is fantastic to see that account applications have been high.”
The new card is available for children from the age of six up to 16, at which point Kite cardholders will be invited to open a Starling Teen account, which will automatically change to a Starling personal account after their 18th birthday.
Once the new account is set up, an adult will be able to allocate up to £5,000 to the card, track spending and block a lost Kite card from their own account.
Adults can also place spending blocks on Kite cards to prevent children from spending money on certain things such as gambling or at bars and nightclubs.
Kite will allow children to stash away their pocket money and learn to budget all without having to set up a full bank account.
Starling declined to reveal how many Kite cards had been issued since its launch.