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SIM card lets parents control phones remotely

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 22 May 2012 21:49 User comments (14)

SIM card lets parents control phones remotely Parents can now control their kids' phones remotely.
The new Bemilo SIM system allows parents to control mobile phone settings and read text messages and other data remotely, using a computer. The system is set to run on the Vodafone network in the UK.

The child will not have any ability to "turn it off," as they do with some parental control apps. Parents can set limits on a device, such as preventing a phone from being used at certain hours altogher (night time, school hours etc.), or by blocking just certain aspects of the phones features, such as web browsing, or sending / receiving text messages and so forth.

Parents can also block numbers from being called, or receiving a call from, and can read text messages and view multimedia stored on the device.

"It's a SIM that is just like any other SIM you would buy for any other network, but it enables parents to have full control in the context of safety," Simon Goff, founder and chairman of Bemilo, told the BBC. "They can allow or disallow certain contacts to call them, and they can set the times of day the phone can operate."

Parents can manage a handset at certain hours in such a way that everything is disabled, but they will still be able to contact their child.

The SIM is being marketed as a tool to help prevent bullying and to discourage sexting. Bemilo also conducted research that showed parents are concerned about their children not getting enough sleep, opting to stay awake in bed for longer hours while texting or otherwise communicating with friends.

Bemilo will be available as a pay-as-you-go service, starting at 2.95 per month.

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14 user comments

122.5.2012 22:01

Dear god... I'm older now but I wouldn't even use my phone if I were a kid still. Seems a bit OD. Pretty much for overbearing parents.


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222.5.2012 22:11

Originally posted by 21Q:
Dear god... I'm older now but I wouldn't even use my phone if I were a kid still. Seems a bit OD. Pretty much for overbearing parents.
Yep, I think it a bit overkill myself, but people approach parenting in different ways I guess.

322.5.2012 22:30

Ehhh... I'm not exactly a fan, but since this lets parents take a graduated approach - using only those features they need/want - I can only approve. There is *no* other method currently available that will perform all these functions, while also NOT allowing the child to bypass it.

Reading your child's texts IS invasive, and I personally wouldn't do so, but it's still appropriate for some parents' style. I'm more fond of the capability to turn off certain features at given times...

423.5.2012 4:37

i totally disagree with it.I think if a childs not old enough or responsible enough to own a mobile phone dont give them one.Parents should keep an eye on there children but spying on them is not the way to do it.


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523.5.2012 12:46

Mobile today is not the same of yesterday, in my opinion great system. Technology is closer to my kid (baby) everyday, they are different kids, technology is like a regular toy and they understand it easier then we did. They need to be watch to be teach, leaving it open to free will.



623.5.2012 13:28

I think it might be a useful tool. It's a quandary you want your child to be able to reach you in an emergency, but do not want them to do as they see fit. It a child per child case. Some kids do not like to talk about anything that is going on in their lives, other kids have no problem.

As a parent I do not find it invading my kids life, it is an aid.

723.5.2012 14:22

The problem is, the kids that NEED this will simply find a way around. Either root/flash or encryption or whatever.
Censorship is never the answer. Even with kids.
It doesn't work.


Oh, Im sorry... Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?

823.5.2012 22:15

crazy but useful for some i guess

925.5.2012 9:44

Give parents tools to help raise their kid; there's public outcry against privacy.

The trouble the kids are getting in to gets worse every day; the public outcry is it's the parent's fault.


Some of you guys should really learn to think outside of your own little bubble before posting. These tools are AVAILABLE for use; not FORCED/REQUIRED on everyone.

Obviously, parents who are having problems with their children are the one's who'll be looking to use this.

1025.5.2012 10:44

It's not spying. You can disable when needed. For instance if a child/teen is driving to a location. You may want to disable texting to make sure they arrive at location vs wrapped a tree or telephone pole. We always look at the negatives but the positive usually cross them out.

1125.5.2012 11:07

Originally posted by drhanaba:
It's not spying. You can disable when needed. For instance if a child/teen is driving to a location. You may want to disable texting to make sure they arrive at location vs wrapped a tree or telephone pole. We always look at the negatives but the positive usually cross them out.
dont see how it would help them they'd be more focused on getting the phone to send a text than watch the road and it would be worse cause they'd be messing with the phone more.the minimum age to get a drivers licence in australia is 16 so kids shouldnt be driving.

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1226.5.2012 2:47

I just wonder how long it is going to be before people start complaining about people taking one and putting it in someone else's phone to spy/stalk them. It is not hard to clone a SIM as it is, it wouldn't be hard to take one of these and put someone's current number on it. If nothing else, it would work until the prepaid ran out or whatever. If they were not the one to pay the bill, then who knows how long one could do that.

Personally, good idea, but if you ask me, it should alert the operator that they can be spied upon, otherwise you do have privacy issues if someone else uses the phone that didn't give you permission to tap their conversation.

1329.5.2012 23:11

How stupid ! In most western countries one can buy a local sim card without revealing any personal information. What is to prevent these kids from privately buying one for their own VERY personal use?

1430.5.2012 0:55

I don't think most kids real have a need for a phone except for emergency use only.Once they are old enough let them buy their own. Kids are to spoiled these days.


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