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Thursday, August 25, 2005

Children and the mobile phone

I like the sentence that Ed Zander, the CEO of Motorola said: "Mobile phones today are more like television when I was a kid."

I still remember when my parents bought their first TV set and how amazed I was as a kid to sit and watch. Now, for kids, this is the same with a mobile phone, and it becomes more and more a part of their culture and upbringing.

Probably, this is also the reason why Motorola linked up with Apple to offer their iTunes on their phone.

However, what is not quite clear is the relation between the first sentence that I wrote and the new function that Motorola wants to include in their phone - namely a function to inform parents of their children's whereabouts and carry censorship software. Well, firstly, the child can still disappear, leaving the phone behind, and mavericks that kids are, they might just find a way around the software anyway.

Anyway, it goes into the direction of having more control over your kids, and to know where they are. I still believe in communication between parents and children, as the basic tool for understanding each other that then might make such supervisory tool unnecessary.

(By Asia Business Consulting)