Parents who want to shield their precious snow flakes from the perils of mobile internet might like to consider a solution from the electric stun gun makers Taser.
Taser says that it has come up with a cunning plan that allows parents to effectively take over a child's mobile phone and manage its use.
Taser said that it is taking old fashioned parenting and bringing it into the mobile world. Because when you give your child his mobile phone you don't know who they're talking to, what they're sending or texting, all of those things.
The phone application, called "Mobile Protector," allows a parent to screen a child's incoming and outgoing calls and messages, block particular numbers and even listen in on a conversation.
A dashboard on a parent's phone or a personal computer shows the mobiles being monitored and the permitted callers such as friends and family.
As yet if the child tries to disobey their parents they will not get 14 million volts delivered to their ear hole. Apparently Taser wants to broaden its horizons a bit.
An alert is triggered when an unknown number calls a child's phone. The parent can chose to block the call or even answer it to find out who it is.
Text messages, emails, photos and videos can be screened for inappropriate language or pornographic content. "You can see the image and decide whether you want to let it go through or not," he said. GPS capability brings up a map showing where a child is at any given time.
One would think that with parents who want to know that sort of information a child would probably prefer a bolt of 'lecky.