It's something some teens describe as addictive as drugs or alcohol, its online social networking sites, and now modern technology is making it easier than ever for teens to log on. Now one cell phone company is putting the control back in parents' hands.
Tina LaDuke paid a visit to the AT&T store on Highway 6 and 50 this Tuesday morning; she needed to upgrade the smart limits on her son's phone, "we monitor his activities and right now he doesn't have internet privileges, we've been monitoring those very closely.” LaDuke says her son Jackson, a seventh grader at Grand Mesa Middle School was downloading games and checking face book while he was in school. LaDuke says she put her foot down, "my husband and I have had problems with him at school so we're making sure that everything's taken care of.” She and her husband can go online and see when and how Jackson uses his cell phone.
Danene Carter with AT&T says, "there's an online tool that parents can go into 24/7 and set the limitations up or changes the limitations at any time." Smart Limits also lets parents set boundaries for texting, outgoing calls and downloading things like games and ringtones.
While this is a great resource for parents, the features can also be used by companies. "If your running a business and you have employers out there that you want to limit the time of day that these phones can be used or texting or internet usage, It's a great cost control tool."
Smart Limits will run you an extra $4.99 a month.