January 28, 2005

Austria. Mobilkom and Red Cross launch mobile guide for children

In Austria, on average, children receive their first mobile phone at the age of ten and a half, according to an autumn 2004 study. The reason? Parents value the feeling of security the mobiles offer them, reports DMeurope.

"In response to such concerns, mobile operator Mobilkom Austria, the Austrian Youth Red Cross and the Vienna Ombudsoffice for Children and Youth have today launched a mobile phone guide for children. The guide aims to educate children on the responsibilities that mobile phones bring with them.

The brochure is primarily geared towards children between 10 and 14 years of age, and provides information on emergency numbers, mobile phone use in case of emergency, how a mobile phone can help in situations where children feel uncomfortable, and how children can best keep track of mobile phone costs."

Those interested can order the mobile phone guide at no cost by e-mail from roundaboutkids@mobilkom.at.

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