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Product Allows Parents To Monitor Kids' Phone Use

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY—NEW ZEALAND

March 25, 2011

A product launched this week that lets parents monitor their children's mobile phone use via the Internet is raising concerns, reports The New Zealand Herald. MyFone enables parents to see the phone numbers called and answered as well as the content of all texts on a protected Web site, the report states. The service is aimed at curbing cyberbullying and other offenses, but New Zealand Council of Civil Liberties spokesman Batch Hales said the service is unnecessary and allows parents to listen in to their kids conversations. The developers of the service said, "We know this is going to be controversial because of the whole civil rights issue, but what's more important--our children's civil rights or their safety and protection?"
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