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Oren Chervinsky February 1, at 1: As you are aware, a number of additional blogger sites picked up the story and continued with this important conversation, and I would like to thank you for bringing more light to this growing problem.
Your article was forwarded to me by a parent friend of mine in Washington D.
I know from my own life, that he is not alone and many parents across the US, North America, and the World are struggling with these very questions.
The article struck a particular cord with me, and touches on a problem we are attempting to address at my work Otono Networkswhere we are launching the first fully integrated kid-lines.
Rowan describes, and uses her approach of small incremental time allotments to introduce kids to wireless. So where does that leave us? Looking for a technology solution that helps parents introduce children to the world of wireless technology, while protecting them from the variety of risks.
Easy enough, you might say, there are a myriad of technology solutions that offer parental control apps, kids cell phones etc. But what we have found is that these solutions become quite cost prohibitive for large swaths of the population once applied as intended especially if you look at the total cost of ownership — including the cost of airtime and parental data requirementsand most only offer monitoring type control or post hoc lists.
Very few offer prophylactic solutions that help parents keep children from trouble in the first place. This becomes a particularly interesting problem for me as both a concerned and engaged adult, but also as a Telecom executive, that has spent the better part of his career peddling cellular technologies.
In my defense, no one expected the path smartphones have taken, and certainly no one expected how quickly our youngest generations would adopt and master these technologies.
In any event, my industry is now a prime player in the struggle to protect our children. In her article, Ms. Rowan advocates limited time allowances for younger children being introduced to wireless devices. With that in mind, I am proud to report that Otono Networks f.
Roam Mobility has actually taken this problem to heart. We believe that the best way to introduce kids to wireless technology is not by banning access.
We also recognize that supervised use is often impractical and can lead to kids feeling untrusted. For these reasons, we decided that parents needed to be able to activate and deactivate their kids phones in small increments remotely ideally from their device directly.
Once we understood that this feature was evolutionary and revolutionary in the cellular industry, we built an entire prepaid, non-contract service for families around it called Krew Mobile.
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