Parental Blocks on Cell Phones Keep Children Safer
April 9, 2008- Mobile operators are getting started on new safety measures to ensure the safety of children as they access content on mobile phones. With services to over 550 million customers, it was only a matter of time until service providers realized the need for parental controls and blocks on mobile devices that have internet access similar to that found on a personal computer. Codes of conduct are currently in effect in 21 countries in the European Union under Europe’s European Framework for Safer Mobile Use by Younger Teenagers and Children, which was launched in 2007. Several regulations are laid out in the framework including access control options, commercial content classification, steps to raise awareness and education. It is important for parents to feel comfortable allowing their children to use mobile devices, since a mobile device in a child’s hand should be for safety, not exploitation.
These steps are certainly not the first that have been taken, but they are all working together to make cell phone usage by children safer. Service providers are encouraged to work with other organizations that work to guard the safety of children. Of course, the policy makers themselves also have a big hand in these safety measures. They are the ones who will need to lend support and stay determined as they work to review codes and enforce these new policies.
Nine companies have signed the framework including mobile operators in Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain- Member States. The goal of GSMA is to provide users with service that is easily accessible as well as creating new business opportunities. With more than 2.5 billion customers, it is easy to see why there is such a need to protect these most valued of customers… the up and coming youth that will be their new customers in the future.
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