(UK) Vodafone Guardian SIM card app to help parents protect children from bullying
The Bemilo system, to be run on the Vodafone network, offers a service for parents to prevent their children from going online, texting or calling during certain hours.
Unlike an app, a child will not be able to switch the service off.
The UK’s Family and Parenting Institute said the SIM would help protect children from mobile phone bullying.
To have the service, parents would need to buy a “safety pack” with a SIM card inside, install it into the child’s phone and use it on a pay-as-you-go basis, from £2.95 per month.
“It’s a SIM that is just like any other SIM you would buy for any other network, but it enables parents to have full control in the context of safety,”
Simon Goff, founder and chairman of Bemilo, told the BBC.
“They can allow or disallow certain contacts to call them, and they can set the times of day the phone can operate.”
Introducing the Vodafone apps
The new Vodafone Guardian app helps to keep children safer when using a smartphone.
As part of Vodafone’s commitment to supporting parents in encouraging their children’s safe and responsible use of digital technology, it has launched the Vodafone Guardian app for use on a range of Android devices.
Vodafone Guardian helps parents to manage their child’s smartphone by providing protection from inappropriate calls, messages and online content.
The app enables parents to:
- Block specific contacts or mobile phone numbers to prevent bullying text messages or calls
- Transfer bullying text messages to a secure folder on the phone that could be used as evidence with the child’s school or the police
- Restrict outgoing calls to named contacts, such as Mum, Dad or specific friends
- Specify times during which their child can make or receive calls, use apps, access the Web and use the camera
The app includes:
- An overview of some of the technologies young people use at different ages
- Information and advice about important issues, such as managing online reputation, mobile costs and sexting
- A series of ‘How To’ guides to help parents make the most of privacy tools and parental controls on Facebook®, Google, Microsoft and Vodafone
- A ‘How To’ guide for the Vodafone Guardian app, which helps to keep children safer when using a smartphone
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