One of the many dilemmas modern parents face is when to buy a child a mobile phone. Juggling the concern of kids racking up huge bills against the importance of allowing them to keep in touch is a tricky venture, but perhaps the biggest issue for many should be the potential for a child to be exposed to inappropriate content.
Figures in this area make for some pretty shocking reading. According to a report prepared for the NSPCC in May 2012, nearly half of young people today have experience “sexting”, and girls as young as 11 are sending and receiving explicit content through their phone. If these figures are to be believed, it represents a very real concern for parents and one that can be eliminated thanks to the ImageFone by OwnFone.
ImageFone is a credit card-sized handset that uses a custom screen to display simple call functions. A grid of contacts can be preassigned by parents with images rather than names, making it suitable for children as young as four years old, or those with disabilities. Setting up the phone is as simple as going to the OwnFone website, uploading images of desired contacts, printing a personalised phone backdrop and choosing a price plan. These numbers are saved to the “cloud” and can be changed at any time, offering parents full control over operation and peace of mind that only these preassigned contacts can communicate with the device.
“It’s a fact that more parents than ever before are buying children under the age 11 a mobile phone, unfortunately it’s also fact that these parents are exposing their children to the risks posed by the traditional handsets currently on the market” said Tom Sunderland, inventor and founder of Ownfone. ”We launched ImageFone as a solution for parents – the handset is designed to allow them to keep in constant contact with their children whilst giving complete peace of mind. The ImageFone has our most basic functionality yet, providing a handset that is perfect for children as young as four as well as those with disabilities”.
The ImageFone costs from £55 on a 30-day rolling contract, with pay as you go and pay in advance bundles also available for 6 and 12 months. For more information visit www.myownfone.com