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Parental Controls ... For Mobile Phones? You Bet

Parents can already control Web sites and TV programs their children view. Next up: parental controls for mobile phones.

It's a strange inconsistency. Today, nearly all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and cable companies let parents control which Web sites and programs their children can view. Yet, with a few exceptions, parental controls aren't available on mobile phones.

Sure, parental controls are offered through a handful of wireless services targeting kids and tweens. Phones with parental controls include Firefly and TicTalk, which even allow parents to restruct whom their children can call. Another service, described here, allows parents to restrict minutes of use. But shouldn't parental controls -- particularly those relating to content -- be available on all cell phones? After all, with all the family plans carriers offer, most kids end up using regular phones.