Services for the Protection of Children
At the SoftBank Group we believe it is important to create an environment in which children can use mobile phones safely and securely. As part of our efforts in this area, we have leveraged our expertise in the development of awareness and moral education programs, including the “Let's Think about Mobile Phones” series, to create a video for parents and guardians called “Service for Safety and Security.” This video is now available at SoftBank Shops. By using filtering and similar services provided by SoftBank Corp., parents and guardians can ensure that their children are using their mobile phones in a safe and secure environment
Protecting children from harmful content
Web Use Restrictions service
This service restricts access to illegal content or adult sites that are inappropriate for minors, preventing the risk of expensive billings or exposure to criminal elements.
Smartphone Use Restrictions service
This service restricts access to sites or applications with content inappropriate for minors. The level of access can be set according to the age of the child.
Yahoo! Anshin-net is an application that limits the sites a child can access, depending on the age of the child. There are five levels of restrictions, with settings for small children all the way up to high school students, and the service also works in a Wi-Fi environment.
Preventing excessive mobile-phone use by children
This service limits the time that children have to install and use applications on their mobile phones. Since this service enables parents and guardians to monitor usage, they can prevent telephone bills from becoming too expensive.
Application billing limit
Without close supervision, children can easily and unwittingly buy expensive applications or content via their mobile devices. By making the necessary settings in advance, users can ensure that their children can only install the applications that they need, and prevent additional purchases.
Usage Notification Service
This service automatically sends an e-mail notification to parents and guardians if their child's mobile telephone bill exceeds a pre-determined amount. The limit can be set in 1,000-yen units, from 5,000 yen up to 100,000 yen.
Packet Flat-rate service
SoftBank's packet flat-rate service offers two options: a flat fee plan in which customers pay a flat fee right from the start; and a two ceilings plan where charges rise in line with use, but are capped at a certain level. The company also offers a packet flat-fee service that can be used while roaming overseas.
Smartphone Use Restrictions service
Through filtering and other optional services, Smartphone Use Restrictions service lets users manage smartphone use and limit access during study periods or late at night. The service can be used to check call histories, where e-mails are being sent and where they are coming from, and web browsing history.
Confirming your child's whereabouts
SoftBank offers an easy-to-use service that allows parents and guardians to check the whereabouts of their child via their mobile phone. The company also sells mobile phones for children that come equipped with a security buzzer and a function that restricts communication to registered contacts only.
Parents, grandparents, and other caregivers can easily confirm their child's location via the Ichi Navi website. The child's mobile phone can be set to grant tracking permission to up to 10 contacts.
Secure Remote Lock
Secure Remote Lock allows parents or guardians to remotely lock their child's lost or misplaced mobile phone via My SoftBank or by calling a 157 number. This service prevents improper use of the phone and reduces the risk of leakage of personal data. It is also possible to unlock the phone and erase the data on its SD memory card as necessary.
SoftBank 's Mimamori Phone 3 SoftBank 202Z focuses primarily on children's safety and their parents' peace of mind. The phone's functions are limited to voice calls and text messages, thereby preventing access to harmful websites. Even younger children can easily make voice calls and send text messages containing location information simply by pressing a button on the handset. In addition, pulling the buzzer strap in an emergency will set off a loud security buzzer and automatically send parents a text message with the child's location and alert them of the danger.
Mimamori Phone 3 also incorporates Ichi Navi, which allows parents to check the location of their child on their mobile phone or other device at any time; a speed detection function, which notifies parents when their child moves faster than a certain speed, indicating that they may be travelling by car or train; and a function to request automatic acknowledgement of message delivery.
The Mimamori Phone 3 has been endorsed by the Japan National PTA Council, the National Kodomo-kai Federation, and nine prefectures and municipalities, including Tokyo.