"Credit-card companies are going after the 12- to 18-year-old set.
Not in the lethal high-limit, preapproved, here's-your-free-T-shirt way that the companies used to lure college kids, but in the form of reloadable prepaid MasterCards and Visas set up and controlled by parents.
The cards have cool names like MYplash, Virgin Mobile Stash, Visa Buxx and Allow. They look slick, and some even allow the owner to design the card using digital photos or a favorite musician's image. And of course, they have the cachet that comes with having your own card." ........ more