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.