Parents demand control over text messaging
cnt tlk, mum's listnin 2 my txtz
More than 90 per cent of parents want more control over their sprog's texting habits, and would buy more phones if they had it.
Messaging company Acision spoke to 1000 mobile phone users and established that parents would be happy to equip their ankle-biters with mobile phones at an even younger age, if only they had more control over the kind of person with whom they were communicating.
It's national anti-bullying week, so an ideal opportunity to remind network operators that if they purchase servers from Acision then they could offer parents the ability to blacklist numbers (requested by 74 per cent of parents). That would, in turn, enable operators to target even younger customers through their parents.
But blacklisting isn't just for children: 83 per cent of adults who've been bullied over their mobile phone would like to be able to blacklist numbers, and number-blocking applications regularly top the list of most-popular smartphone apps.
Which makes it ironic that the only MVNO to offer that kind of parental control, Disney Mobile, shut down after being unable to generate enough operator interest.
Some operators will already block numbers in response to bullying, but one can't help wondering if parents are really suitable custodians of such power: who wouldn't want to run through a list of one's children's friends removing those of whom one doesn't approve? ®
@ Gaz Davidson
Did your parents leave school with any social skills? Did you? If so, was it because you used a mobile phone or because they had watched television?
Not for parents alone, not dependant on device
The Disney tool was an app people needed to download. In this case Acision enables subscribers to black people from spamming/bullying/stalking you. Depending to what extend the operator likes to enable this. Users can block others through a website (alike O2's bluebook), by sending an SMS, by visiting a mobile website (and typing in the number) or even by downloading an operator SMS/MMS client that offers additional features such as forwarding to email, block,, auto-reply... Even when the phone is than out of reach, battery is empty, etc The rules still apply.
for parents the copy feature could be interesting if a parent suspects their teens are being bullied but they have not real sign for this going on. Of course it is up to parent and kid who will setup and control these features.
Maybe your parents/grandparents didn't have toilet paper and television, but if you'd have gone without would you have left school with any social skills?
The same applies to mobiles today.