Protect Children from unwanted messages or inappropriate mobile usage
According to independent market surveys, mobile phone child protection is a leading issue for most parents. Parents are very concerned about who their children are texting and who is texting them. Fears of bullying and unwanted messages from strangers are increasing. Over half of parents are worried about when their children are using their phones as well as who is receiving the text messages. 60% of parents with children under the age of 14 years old feel strongly about the need to have some control over how their children use their mobiles. 80% of parents would consider changing their network provider just for the option of having parental controls.
SMS Parental Control allows a parent subscriber to easily control and limit usage of their children?s messaging by quantity, time, and day of week. Parent Subscribers would set policies to administer settings of their family?s account. For example, the parent could configure their child?s phone, preventing their child from sending or receiving SMS messages during school hours Mon?Fri 7am?2pm and bedtime Mon?Sun 10pm ? 6am. Messages will then be deferred or deleted until acceptable hours.
Additional controls include a Black List that provides the ability to block sending and receiving of messages based on specific phone numbers. A White List would create an exception list of phone numbers including parents, emergency contacts or other phone numbers as specified by the parent subscribers. Therefore, the child will have the ability to send/receive messages to and from these specific phone numbers regardless of any other restrictions. Message Limits would allow a parent to limit the quantity of messages a child sends and receives per day, week or month.