Saturday, 11 May 2013

# 1st Fone # LWN

Phone specially made for kids launched (1st Fone)

 

A mobile phone aimed at four-to-nine-year-olds has gone on sale, promising to help protect nippers from being bullied or exposed to harmful images and videos.

Called the 1stFone, it's the size of a credit card, doesn't have a screen, and can't connect to the Internet. It costs just £55, and is made by OwnFone, the company that also makes phones for the elderly. Sounds like a good idea? Some people aren't so sure.


Because of 1stFone's basic functionality, its maker believes it'll reduce the risk of its owner being cyberbullied, sexted, seeing what they shouldn't online, or being mugged. For example, parents can enter 12 numbers into the memory, along with an entry for 999, and the child won't be able to call anyone else.

"In a world dominated by smart phones, parents face a difficult choice when it comes to finding a first phone for their child," said Tom Sunderland, founder of OwnFone. "We wanted to design a fun product that appeals to children but puts parents in complete control and minimises usage while still providing a vital connection between parent and child."


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