Accessing Adult Content

A major concern for parents is whether or not their child has access to adult content on a cellphone. There are two reasons for this concern. The first is that adult content can be easily accessed from a cellphone and the second is that a child's cellphone use is largely unsupervised.

While most parents would not allow their children unsupervised Internet access on a personal computer, it seems that the same rules do not apply to cellphones. Most cellphones used by children today are able to access the mobile Internet, interact in anonymous mobile chat rooms, download adult content from a premium rate subscription service, as well as send and receive images and video clips. This means that a child could access pornographic websites, adult content or be exposed to X-rated or adult content if they choose through their mobile phone.

A teen may also receive pornographic content (in the form of text, images or video clips) from another person and then distribute the same adult content to their circle of friends. The initial sender may be someone they know or a stranger they have met online or through a mobile social networking service.

Advice to Parents

Discuss your concerns with your child about their accessing adult content. Let your child know that you will be checking up on their mobile content activities until they have proven that they can be responsible cellphone users. However, as a parent you are not alone when it comes to protecting your child from accessing adult content on their cellphone. Some mobile network operators have put technical solutions in place to block children's access to adult mobile content.

For information on what the mobile network providers are doing to protect your child from accessing adult content, go to Industry Solutions.

Comments

Adult Content

Cell C should forced to protect the rights of children from adult content subscriptions and premium rated sms. They turn a blind eye and dig their heads in the sand as if its not their problem. They are the service providers and they should take responsiblity. Vodacom and MTN have services to assist parents - so should Cell C.

Adult Content - example 2GO

Both my daughter and son have Cell C. A friend came to visit and introduced my son to 2Go... I thought I was going crazy when I spot checked his phone with him and saw what was going on!? How can I block adult sites from my children?

2Go

Hi Anonymous. Thank-you for your comment. I have contacted 2Go and will see what they have to say on the matter. Keep watching our Blog for more information.

Accessing adult content

At the end of the day the only defense is to get on top of the technology ourselves and to engage our children about the possible dangers they may be exposing themself to! The same rules that apply offline should apply online/oncell as well! Also be aware that no matter what measures you put in place to stop your childs abuse of their cellphone, they may be a step ahead of you. For instance, blocking the phone from accesssing Mxit will (absolutely) encourage them to use another sim card /cellphone.

Something to stir the pot..... do we as parents have the right to regularly check our childrens sms's/ mxit/facebook discussions???

do we as parents have the right to regularly check ......

Quote "Something to stir the pot..... do we as parents have the right to regularly check our childrens sms's/ mxit/facebook discussions???"

Do you as a parent feel you have the right to raid your child's room? look in their cupboards? etc...

Where do you draw the line about respect for privacy? what are you teaching them by doing so??? ....and what about trust and effective dialogue with your children???

Teach them and equip them for the future, and yes...let them teach you as well....