Podcast - 22nd November 2013
With more than half of all pre-teen children reported to be using text messaging as their main form of mobile communication, it's not surprising to hear that bullies are taking advantage of SMS to attack their victims.
But what can mobile networks do to help these victims of cyber-bullying? Louise O'Sullivan of Anam Technologies explains why she thinks network operators are apparently reluctant to take action - and why other organisations need to get involved.
Compare and contrast
Mark Bridge writes:
Talk about a difference. In preliminary results last week, HTC announced its first-ever quarterly loss while Samsung revealed record quarterly profits.
Curiously, many of the week’s other news stories also had a companion headline to provide a contrast.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a new report entitled ‘Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes’.
It shows how young people are consuming media, which devices they’re using and how their parents are reacting.
The Office of Fair Trading - the UK government department responsible for competition and consumer law - has told mobile app developers and games producers that it wants consumers to be warned about optional extra costs before they download or start playing.
Ending the possibility of unintentional ‘in-app’ or ‘in-game’ payments is just one of eight principles the OFT has published today.
A newly-published report has shown that the average child gets their first mobile phone at the age of 11 years and 8 months old.
However, 9% of children - an estimated 1,178,100 in the UK - are bought their first phone at the age of 5.