It seems that children want a phone at an ever younger age these days. Parents are concerned about letting their kids have a mobile phone though, and this is where iNanny comes in.
This app is produced by Apple and integrates seemlessly into the iPhone operating system to ensure that parents have complete control over what their children can do on their phone.
"I've installed this on both my kids phones," said App World! editor Mac Buck. "It's saved me thirty quid already this month."
The app gives parents the control over who and when kids can make phone calls, what they can download onto the phone, if anything, and even if they can connect to the internet through the phone. Additionally, all text messages are parsed to ensure that they are written in full and proper English.
"My kids hate it," said Buck. "Which must mean it's working!"
Cody Buck, Bucks's daughter has a different opinion of the app to her father.
"It's bobbins," she said. "I've now got to like tell my dad like every time I get a new boyfriend so that he can like add them to my contacts. I mean how crappy is that? I don't like telling him about my boyfriends, cos he'll like install iSpy on their iPhones so he can keep track of where they are, where I am and what we're doing. And if they don't have an iPhone then he'll be like 'you can't go out with them'."
Cody has found a way around the app, she swaps her brother's iPhone for her current boyfriend's and tells her dad that she's out with her brother Andrew. Andrew, when he wants to make calls has bought a cheap phone, and has put his sim cards in it.
"I wondered why Andy's iPhone was telling me he was in some teenager's room with Cody," said Buck. "Or up in his bedroom doing homework when I've seen him leave with some friends. I guess these problems will be solved in version two."