Par­ents panic over old phones

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

AUS­TRALIAN par­ents keep, 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 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.

Par­ents were wor­ried it could prove costly if credit cards and ac­count de­tails at­tached to phones were not dis­con­nected prop­erly and their kids used them.

Phone re­cy­cling pro­gram Mo­bile Muster com­mis­sioned the sur­vey of more than 1000 Aussie par­ents in Septem­ber.

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