New mobile gives parental control of content

A new mobile phone developed by Bemilo is intended to give parents total control of what content their children are viewing, who they add as contacts and when the phone can be used.

by Louise-Anne Geddes, Mindful Mum, 21st May 2012

The phone is intended to be used for children up to the age of 16 to restrict their access to inappropriate material.  The service will enable parents to read their children’s text messages and set strict timing controls for when the phone can be switched on.  According to the Telegraph, the new handset will operate on the Vodafone network and will allow parents to control the settings on the phone using a specific webpage which only they are able to adapt.  The phone can also be linked to a parent’s phone, ensuring they can be contacted at all times.

Cannot be bypassed

Simon Goff, founder of Bemilo, said: “Unlike an app, Bemilo’s SIM will work on any mobile device or tablet, and most importantly cannot be bypassed by the child.” The pay as you go SIM card is available to purchase from today, and the parental control service will cost £2.95 per month.

Preventing bullying

Katherine Rake, chief executive of the Family and Parenting Institute, told the Daily Mail that parents had wanted “something like this for a very long time.  Parents being able to read texts means if bullying is going on they will be alerted straight off and can deal with it straight away.  Now we need a joined up effort across all networks and all industries.”

Source:  The Telegraph, New mobile gives parents ‘total control’, 21st May 2012

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