Steps taken by the mobile industry to protect children
The mobile networks have advanced technology to assist parents to protect children from accessing adult or inappropriate content on their cellphones. In addition, WASPA, the local industry association, has a protocol to allow consumers to lodge complaints regarding mobile services and SMS spam.
The mobile industry now enables parents (or guardians) to block access to adult content on their childrens’ cellphones. Vodacom, for example, has a technical tool that allows you to block attempts to access adult content via a cellphone. MTN offers a parental control feature that blocks access to any mobile content. Cell C, however, does not have a technical solution to assist parents in protecting their children from access to adult or other mobile content.