By: @parentshield editor Graham Tyers
A new Mobile Network in the UK has become the first to offer “SchoolBlock” a simple single switch that blocks calls, SMS and mobile data for their children’s mobile phones during school hours. Being network based, the block cannot be circumvented – even by the most tech-savvy of children.
The new feature comes from ParentShield one of the UK’s newest and most exciting MVNO which provides contracts for Children Only. The new time-based control can also be used in conjunction with other time controls to create multiple allowed-times during a day and an enforced bedtime.
As with all of ParentShield’s blocking and control facilities, calls and SMS to and from the two special ‘Home Numbers’ are always available so if the phone user needs to contact home in an emergency, that is not a problem.
The Company sees early introduction of mobile technology to be vital in the aim of safe education, and sees their customers providing mobile phones over a year earlier than the industry-accepted average of slightly over 10 years in age.
The new SchoolBlock facility has been developed in response to increasing numbers of requests by teachers increasingly troubled by the disruption of classes and attention caused by mobile phones.
The ParentShield service, available with various bundle options, is a pay-monthly SIM-only service. The Engine SIM card is inserted in any mobile phone and it’s instantly protected. The network offers full true UK roaming, connecting to the strongest signal from any of the major UK networks. This means it also provides the best mobile network coverage available in even remote areas of the country.
Engine Mobile is a market-leading developer of call centre and communication marketing technology. Their ParentShield division has been designing and manufacturing bespoke telephony solutions since 2000.