Selling used mobile in favour of iPhone 'can help parents control children's texting'

15 October 2010 — 12:01 PM

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Parents who worry about their children using bad language in text messages or talking about unsuitable subjects may have one option - to sell their used phones and buy Apple iPhones in their place.

Rich Trenholm, writing for CNET UK, explains the manufacturer is planning to bring in technology that will censor correspondence between mobile users.

This is designed to put a stop to a trend known as sexting, where saucy messages are sent back and forth.

"As well as protecting our innocence, the technology can be used as a kind of spell-check to reject messages written with bad grammar," the author explains.

Those who are forced to use the tool by their parent or boss will find their texts are checked before they send and, if there is any unsuitable language, they will be rejected.

Perhaps the most popular model for mums and dads to choose for their young ones in order to keep their messages clean will be the iPhone 4, which was released in June.

Julie Snape, head of marketing at Envirofone, says: "Many parents are worried about what their children get up to on mobile phones. If you want to get your hands on this new technology, why not trade-in your old phone? You could make some extra cash too!"

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