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Method and Process for Parental Control of a Minor's Mobile Devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200971D
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 39K

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Abstract

A means and method for establishing and assuring patental contol of a minor's mobile device includes: * remote configuration and reconfiguration of a minor's mobile device's communications protocols and boundaries * automatic/dynamic reconfiguration of a minor's mobile device upon experience of a patentally determined tigger condition * automatic cc of parent(s) on communications to and/or from a minor's device * linking of parent(s) to minor's mobile device * ability to support parent-to-parent contact (via parental link) should an objectionable communique ensue

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Method and Process for Parental Control of a Minor 's Mobile Devices

Cyber bullying and sharing of inappropriate materials by teens/minors has become an increasing concern for teens/minors, parents, schools and law enforcement. Yet, accessibility of pervasive electronic devices with ever increasing functions/features foments the problem. A means to combat cyber bullying and sharing of inappropriate materials would be a boon to social interaction and civilized functioning.

The invention is a method consisting of means which can be integrated into various pervasive electronic devices, or into a PC system, or into an on-line host protocol (ie, FaceBook*, etc.) to which teens and/or minors have unsupervised access. Alternatively, the invention is a means which could be integrated into the carrier's or host system's infrastructure (cell phone or wireless protocols or IP protocols). The fundamental tenet of the invention (whether integrated in the user's device or with the carrier) is to render the unsupervised activity visible to the teens'/minors' parents (and/or other officials, as needed). A secondary aspect of the invention is to permit parents to pre-program device limits into their teens'/minors' PCs and/or pervasive electronic devices and/or on-line accounts.

This is done by:
1) a means w/in the PC or pervasive electronic device and/or integrated in the carrier's or host system's protocols which permits the parent (or other authority, could even be the device issuer) to designate the device as belonging or being used by a teen or minor, which is not defeatable/over-ridable by the teen or minor;
2) a means by which the parent (or authority) can set use/function limits (ie, how many text messages/day, total phone talk time per day, KB of transferable graphics, etc.);
3) a means to automatically cc (teen has awareness) on all communications to/from their child's device, or bcc (w/o the teen knowing) the parent on a subset of incoming/outgoing transmissions, or alternatively on specific transmissions (only incoming, only outgoing, only to/from certain individuals, etc.), or alternatively a random statistical sample of incoming and/or outgoing transfers, or bcc a parent using a 'smart-sample' (non-random) sampling scheme.

Since the teen: 1) will know that all messages in/out will be visible to their parents; or 2) won't know which messages in or out will be visible to their parents, they will refrain from cyber bullying and/or transfer of inappropriate materials. In addition, the teens/minors will refrain from superfluous and unimportant distraction/nuisance mis-use of their devices. Further, drug use/sales via electronic transmissions will degrease since teens/minors know transmissions are or may be monitored and managed.

Further, storage of information could be maintained in a dbase for some specific period of time (30 days, 1 year, etc.) and be made available to authorities (ie, police, school officials, etc.) on an as needed bas...