Is Protector the answer to keeping your kids safe, or is it an over reaction to modern times?
Taser, the people who brought us the incapacitating gun of the same now, is now touting its phone application, Protector, as the answer to keeping kids safe.
Touted at CES 2010 in Las Vegas, Protector is a service you sign up to – the costs depend on the service you get – whereby parents manage the contact lies and content of a child’s mobile phone – including texts, photos, emails, videos and calls.
We’re guessing there is going to be a lot of unhappy teenagers out there right now seeing this as an invasion of their privacy. Is there really an epidemic of children getting into trouble over their interaction with their mobile phones? All teenagers do and say things going through one of the most awkward periods of their lives. Do these times need to be compounded with parents acting like big brother? It’s a fine line between wanting to make sure your child is in a safe environment., and invading their privacy and one that parents will have to watch if they have a good relationship with their teen.
So how does it work? Well, according to Taser “Protector works on multiple devices, each managed through an intuitive control panel accessible through a smart phone, PC, Mac or smart TV. Parents can control who their children interact with and monitor their mobile phone activity and driving behavior at any time – and change permissions and settings in real time. Protector is carrier-independent and seamlessly connects parents and children, even if they’re on different cellular networks.
“It also allows parents to superrvise their children’s mobile phone usage and driving behaviors. Parents can manage the contact lists and content of their child’s mobile phone – including calls, texts, emails, photos and video, and can automatically limit phone functionality to prevent dangerous distractions while driving. Protector uses integrated GPS, allowing parents to track their child’s location, monitor driving habits, and release vital records to the authorities in emergency situations.”