ParentShield, the leading provider of mobile communication solutions for children, is pleased to announce an innovative arrangement with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). This signifies a significant step towards enhancing the protection of children’s mobile telephone numbers across the United Kingdom.
The new arrangement aims to simplify the process of safeguarding children from live sales and marketing calls by including ParentShield’s entire user base in the official ‘Do Not Call’ register of the UK’s Telephone Preference Service. Typically, individuals are required to manually register their phone numbers with the TPS to opt out of such calls. However, they must also allow for a 28-day period from the date of registration for their number to become effective on the register. This waiting period creates a window for cold callers and spammers, and new number ranges are often prime targets. In a groundbreaking move, ParentShield and the TPS have redefined this process for ParentShield users.
With the cooperation of the Telephone Preference Service, all telephone numbers allocated to ParentShield will be pre-registered with the TPS, ensuring inclusion in the ‘opt-out’ category for unsolicited live sales and marketing calls. This revolutionary approach eliminates the need for the parents of individual users, who are all children, to manually add their numbers to the TPS register.
Commenting on this arrangement, Paul Stevenson, CMO of ParentShield, stated, “The safety and wellbeing of children are at the core of ParentShield’s mission. We are delighted with the cooperation of the TPS to help us protect young and vulnerable users, we are not only simplifying the process for our customers but also taking a proactive stance in further shielding children from unwanted communications.”
ParentShield acknowledges the significance of the TPS as the UK’s official ‘Do Not Call’ register and commends their cooperation in helping ParentShield further protect their users, and redefining industry standards for providing telecom services used by children.
ParentShield is the UK’s only Mobile Network designed specifically with children in mind, incorporating a wide range of tools – from call recording to keyword alerts – that allow parents to oversee their child’s phone usage without invading their privacy. It can work with any unlocked feature-phone, smartphone or smartwatch and does not require any app or parental controls to be set on the device. Its features are handled remotely, allowing for optimal convenience while kids retain their independence. The SIMs work across the UK and beyond.
Being a SIM-based network-side service, parents can provide ANY unlocked phone to their child and give them a totally normal mobile phone experience without the stigma of being a locked or crippled “parental control” phone that you wouldn’t want to show your friends in the playground.
About The TPS
The Telephone Preference Service (TPS) is the UK’s only official ‘Do Not Call’ register for landlines and Mobile numbers. It allows people and businesses to opt out of unsolicited live sales and marketing calls.
It’s free and quick to register a telephone number. Doing so will reduce the amount of unwanted sales and marketing calls you receive. There is also a register for businesses, the Corporate Telephone Preference Service.
If a number is registered with the TPS/CTPS, organisations are legally required – by the Privacy and Electronic (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 – to refrain from calling it. In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office enforces the law and has power to fine firms that break it.
Organisations are required to screen against TPS/CTPS at least once every 28 days,