Par­ents hung up on cell phone fears

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

AUS­TRALIAN par­ents are hang­ing on to their old mo­bile phones rather than hand­ing them down 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 old phones, with more than 80 per cent ad­mit­ting they would be more in­clined to pass on phones if they knew how to clear them prop­erly.

And while most par­ents said they would like to hand down old phones to their chil­dren to save money on ex­pen­sive new de­vices, they were wor­ried it could prove costly if credit cards and ac­count de­tails at­tached to their phones were not dis­con­nected prop­erly.

An­other worry was their kids mak­ing pur­chases with­out their con­sent.

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