Par­ents panic over old phones


AUS­TRALIAN par­ents are hang­ing on to, rather than hand­ing down, their old mo­bile phones be­cause they don’t know how to clear the data and are wor­ried their kids will see pri­vate mes­sages and spend up on their ac­counts.

New re­search shows one in three peo­ple are con­cerned some­one will see their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or re­ceive their mes­sages if they give away their old mo­biles, with more than 80 per cent ad­mit­ting they would be more in­clined to pass on their old phones if they knew how to clear their phones prop­erly.

And while most par­ents said they would like to hand down old phones to their chil­dren to save money on buy­ing new de­vices, they were wor­ried it could prove costly if credit cards and ac­count de­tails at­tached to their phones were not dis­con­nected prop­erly and their kids made pur­chases with­out their con­sent.

A third of par­ents also ad­mit­ted they did not know how to set “kid-friendly” parental con­trols on their mo­biles.

Aus­tralia’s only gov­ern­ment-ac­cred­ited mo­bile phone re­cy­cling pro­gram Mo­bile Muster com­mis­sioned the sur­vey of more than 1000 Aus­tralian par­ents in Septem­ber.

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