Her son Bradley, however, likes the idea, but not for himself. “Um, well I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me.”
Brad sounds like yet another one of those "Um, yeah, but uh...it shouldn't be like that." kids.
Good luck with your prodigy Ms. Standifird.
Note: I take a pretty dim view of using just
technology to discipline and socialize children. That's why I never
would take a request from anyone
to put "use monitoring" or other"nanny/spy" software on a child's computer. (Lost a damn good client once because of that policy too!)
In this case, I would have liked it more if she came up with something that sent an autoresponse
back to let her know the phone
had received the message - and then let her little darling know that if HE
didn't also respond within a reasonable amount of time, he was grounded.
There's always the chance of an emergency where placing an immediate call, text, or taking a photo/vid is time critical. Like when you went someplace and/or did something you weren't supposed to - and ended up in a situation where it was imperative to contact Fire Rescue or the police as quickly as possible. Or to photo/video document something for legal reasons.
In an emergency, seconds often count. Especially if Mom is not available to immediately
answer the call and unlock her kid's phone. (I can predict more than a few parents might decide not
to answer a tardily returned call. They'll just play the old "tit for tat" game and 'punish' their kid by deliberately not
answering and leave their kid's phone locked out. Teach em' a lesson that will!
So having to call or text Mom back first
could have dangerous unintended consequences.
FWIW I have little faith in deploying restrictive technology that "only the parent" (or employer - or the government?) can supposedly
use. Because if it's out there, somebody will hack it and put it to unintended uses.
And the kids will discover (and share) ways get around it soon enough.
So... Ms. Gainer? You're a parent. Why not adopt Google's public mantra of: "Do no evil." since you like Android so much.
You can start by raising your own kid
and not depending on Uncle Android to discipline him/her/it.
It doesn't take a village (or a multi-billion dollar corporation) to raise a child. Just a patient and responsible