Bemilo: The mobile network designed for kids!
It’s not uncommon to see a 6 year old nowadays operate an iPad, or any other gadget for that matter, with absolute ease. Children are being brought up into such a fast paced world that they practically come programmed to know these stuff by default. This was definitely not the case for those growing up in the 80’s and 90’s.
Back in those days, carrying a phone was a privilege you earn when you’re in high school and off to a dance or some sort of important outing. While we agree that it is highly beneficial for children to carry a mobile device so that their parents can check on them regularly, their concerns are also justified.
Texting during class is one of those concerns; hindering the child from actually benefiting from the lesson. Sending inappropriate images, sleep deprivation, lack of productivity and bullying are becoming more conventional than they ought to be!
On the other hand, according to a research published on Monday, more electromagnetic waves are taken in by children in and around the frequency band of 1000 MHz – which is used in FM broadcasting – and 1 GHz, the frequency band of mobile telecommunication.
Also, according to this same study, children who use cell phones are often more likely to develop Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
The study was conducted by researchers from the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Korea Communications Commission and the Korean Institute of Electromagnetic Engineering and Science.
Bemilo, a new mobile network launching in the United Kingdom, targets these issues and hope to eliminate some of those concerns with controls that allow parents to select the times of day the phone can be used and the numbers it is capable of dialing.
“Bemilo’s exclusive functions put YOU in full control of your child’s mobile service,” the network promises. “Putting a stop to mobile bullying, late night phone use, and rising monthly mobile phone bills.”
Bemilo is a MVNO, or mobile virtual network operator, that runs on the Vodafone’s infrastructure. The network’s SIM card will allow parents to load money onto their child’s phone on a PAYG basis.
There’s a base charge of £3.95 ( $6.21) a month, with calls charged at 10p ($0.16) per minute, texts charged at 10p ($0.16) per message and data charged at 25p ($0.39) per MB. Parents can control how much is spent, what time of day the phone is used, when data is switched on or off, and whether or not their child is allowed to send photos or video. There’s also the ability to ‘turn off’ the phone during school hours or at night without removing the ability to contact certain numbers (such as parents or guardians). You can also block certain numbers from contacting your child, a feature designed to combat bullying.
For more info, check out their official website.
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April 3, 2013 - 7:26 am
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