New Texting Blocking service monitors kids while driving
If your teen just got her license, TxtBlocker is for you.
If videos like these to make an impression on your teen driver that texting is ticket to the hospital and maybe even the morgue, parents may want to sign up for TXTBlocker.
TxtBlocker is a service which uses GPS and cellphone data to determine if your teen is driving and using the phone and then blocks the phone’s use for anything other than emergency services or calls to “whitelisted” numbers. There’s also a passenger mode which would free up the phone to be used by passengers who aren’t driving.
In addition, TXTBlocker can be used to block messages and phone calls while your kids should be in school, forcing them to cheat on tests the old school way by writing on the palms of their hands.
TxtBlocker also prevents use of phones while in classrooms.
All calls are sent directly to voicemail so that they aren’t missed during the phone’s blackout periods. And so the caller understands that your teen isn’t being snooty, a txt message is sent out letting them know that TXTBlocker is active and that your teen will get back to them once they’re in a “safe state.”
Another good feature is the ability of tracking your teen’s location while TxtBlcoker is in operation using their phone’s GPS and MS Virtual Earth. And parents can set speed parameters and get a text when their teens are speeding.
Currently being tested with Blackberry and Windows mobile phone platforms, TxtBlocker starts at about $10 a month with family plans for multiple lines.
A very effective effort at keeping your kids safe while they drive. And if they have a cow over mom and dad being big brother, you can always play them the above video again.
Hat Tip – Red Ferret