Phone software allows access to Kid's mobiles

A revolutionary new piece of mobile phone software which can give parents control over what photographs and videos their children can download to their handsets is being launched by a Glasgow-based web security firm.

Netintelligence, which last year won a UK industry award for its web monitoring and paedophile alert 'Safekeeper' software, has created Netintelligence Mobile – a world-first handset-based programme allowing parents to set detailed parameters on their children's phone use.

Mobile phone file sharing hit the headlines last week after Hawick High School head teacher Alan Williamson was the victim of a happy slap assault; the previous week a young footballer appeared in court after filming and distributing mobile phone footage of a 14-year-old having sex at a party.

What is your opinion on such software? Do you agree that parents should be able to monitor their children's activities using mobile phones? Or do you think it's a breach of privacy? Personally I believe that it's a step towards parents taking responsibility for their minors. Comments welcome..

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And who's to say other people won't gain access to these phones? Nothing is bulletproof, and if a predator wants access to your kids pictures of their friends, then a predator will get access to your kids pictures of their friends.

better yet why don't the "parents" just ask to see the phone... god forbid that they talk to their kids about such things...

My children don't have cell phones, they don't need them. I don't think a child needs a do all video/mp3/pda cell phone. They would use it to call home, friends, etc and that is it. I wouldn't let my children use the internet unsupervised and the same goes for their phone (if they had one, and they don't).

You seem to share the same philosophy as the government of China. Not trusting your kids will make then more distant from you, and it will backfire later on in life...

zivan56 said,
You seem to share the same philosophy as the government of China. Not trusting your kids will make then more distant from you, and it will backfire later on in life...

*nod* Just what I thought, it will only alienate the kids.

GEIST said,
Yea, why raise children properly and teach them common sense when you can "protect" them with software?

Exactly! If they wouldn't have totally failed at raising their childs properly, they would have no need for such a software.
Also, I see an ample potential of abuse here... not only that children also have a right to privacy, but it could be abused for all sorts of spying purposes

Parents needs tools like these to protect their children AND themselves. A violation of privacy, sure. What's a little privacy compared to your child's life and well-being?

If my parents could monitor all that I did on my phone I probably wouldn't use it because you have personal conversations and stuff and messages between your friends that you don't really want them reading all of the time. :redface: