Monday, December 29, 2008

Disturbing kid cell phone story

I bet a cell phone for tweens or teenagers was a big deal this holiday season! Please read this so you don't make the same mistake this family did!

FROM KMBC: Did your son or daughter get a new cell phone for Christmas? If so, you might want to take a good look at it. As more and more people become savvy about texting pictures and using the Internet, your child's new cell phone could lead them to some disturbing images.That's what apparently happened when a Missouri family bought their 13-year-old a new phone.

Of the 1.1 billion cell phones sold last year, who would've imagined this? "The file gave no warning of what was inside--a picture that appears to have been taken with a low resolution cell phone of a man masturbating."

Brett Duncan says he's been a T-mobile customer for over two years and is happy with his service, but he's not happy with the way the company handled his complaint. "The company offered to send Duncan a mailer and send him a new phone which he's declined. The image is attached to a T-mobile website -- the kind that stores photos that are e-mailed or sent as a text.
The company says it takes this very seriously and will be investigating and will be in touch with the customer directly. In the meantime, you might want to explore all the set-up options on your child's phone.

I have not decided yet when I will get my kids a cell phone. I honestly would like them to have some way to get a hold of me as soon as they start going to school full time. What if they miss the bus and no one is around to help? I know that sounds paranoid, but it does scare me.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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Anonymous said...

The safety issue of cell phones is a good point, but there is definitely something culture altering if not physically altering about early cell phone use(less movement/activity, radiation exposure, etc.). I don't like them for young children, so I watch my children closely.

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