Parents using parental controls to disable teens cell phones
There have been a number of reports recently highlighting concerns over teens who use their cell phones and smart phones whilst driving. This is a practice that leads to distraction and potentially to serious or even fatal accidents. However, with the obsession that many teens have with their cell phones, putting an end to the practice has been proving difficult.
It seems, however, that parents are now looking at ways to try and put an end to this practice themselves, with many now deciding to use parental controls to disable phones at certain times, which in turn may reduce the risk of their kids operating phones and driving at the same time.
Many parents are now contacting their providers to add parental controls onto their teens' phones so that they can then disable the phone at certain times, such as when the teen is likely to be driving. One provider offering this service is AT&T, which has marketed the service as a potential lifesaver.
One parent said that she disabled her son's phone at certain times of the day, usually when she knew he would be travelling to and from school or driving to or from work. She said: “He may think I am crazy now, but I’d rather he think I’m crazy and he still be alive.”
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