1 There are broadly three types of payment cards – credit cards, debit cards and prepaid cards, which may be issued by banks, non-bank credit card issuers (such as American Express and Diners Club), as well as licensed payment institutions. Examples of prepaid cards are ez-link cards, NETS FlashPay cards, and Singtel Dash, which is an e-money wallet.

2 Generally, as a matter of commercial practice by banks and other credit card issuers, those under 16 years of age do not have access to credit or debit cards, and applications can only be made for them to have prepaid cards. However, to use a prepaid card, they would still need to be able to fund the card using money transferred from a bank account, credit card, or physical cash top-up in a store.

3 Prepaid cards, being a type of e-money wallet, have a maximum funding limit. Different card issuers can provide useful features for parents such as providing access to their children’s transaction records, card locking capabilities, blocking of certain categories of merchants, setting of spending limits, etc. We urge parents to actively engage their children on the responsible use of money and if appropriate, leverage on such features offered by card issuers to have a conversation around appropriate spending.

Source: Monetary Authority of Singapore