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Vodafone Guardian app launches:

Allowing families to agree parameters on their children’s smartphone use
By Motherpedia
Date: March 29 2012
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Many parents would like a greater say in how and when their children use their mobile phones. They can now agree parameters on their children’s use with Vodafone Guardian, a new app for Android-powered smartphones.

The app is free and allows families to set boundaries for their children’s smartphone use, including when children are permitted to make calls, receive texts, access the web browser and play games.

The app also features instant override capabilities, so children can use the full functionality of the phone in an emergency. Families can select settings which ensure that parents or guardians can, call or text their children at any time.

It is pre-programmed with three age settings for 7-8 year olds; 9-10 year olds; 11-12 year olds.  

Vodafone says its brand new Android app encourages parents and children to discuss and select the best smartphone settings for the child, giving parents reassurance and children flexibility whilst promoting safe and responsible mobile phone use.

“The new Vodafone Guardian app also shows Vodafone’s commitment to helping parents navigate the challenges of raising children in the digital age, says Cormac Hogkinson, Vodafone’s Customer Operations Director.

Associate Professor Jane Burns, Chief Executive Officer of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre (, says apps like Vodafone Guardian will help open the way for important conversations about the use of digital technology between parents and their children, particularly as they transition to adolescence.

"Technology is ubiquitous in the lives of young people. They are exposed to all forms of technology, often from a very early age, and for some parents it can be quite daunting when it comes to navigating the many aspects of their child's experience of digital technologies.”

“By talking openly about the benefits and risks, parents and young people can, together, come up with safe and responsible ways of managing their use of technology. Vodafone's Guardian app will help start an important conversation between parents and their children."

 Vodafone’s top tips for mobile families:

1. Talk openly: Talk openly about your family’s smartphone use to help your children understand the responsibility that comes with using digital technology

2. Set boundaries: Agree clear and measurable boundaries when it comes to your family’s mobile phone use

3. Start young: Start conversations about digital technology early so you’re introducing ideas about safe and responsible phone use from a young age 

What do you think of setting parameters on your child's mobile phone? Have you done it? Share your views and experiences...

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