South Korea Protects The Children From The Evil High Cellphone Bill Menace
from the legislate-away-stupidity dept
There's a large number of parents who struggle with their kids' mobile phone bills; particularly if they're on a budget and their kids love to send text messages or pics. South Korea is looking to curb such runaway phone bills by passing regulation that aims to limit teenager cellphone bills. The legislation looks to be a reaction to an instance where a 17-year-old boy killed himself last February after ringing up 3.7 million won ($4,021) in fees for a mobile phone game. Starting next year, South Korean teenagers will have to fill out a separate contract, which "recommends" kids join an existing system that puts a ceiling on how much their monthly cell bill can be. It's not clear why exactly good parenting can't solve this problem -- if your kid consistently rings up ridiculous phone bills, take the service away from him/her. It's not entirely clear why the government would need to get involved here, when a hefty dose of common sense will do. Apparently it's not just American politicians that rush in, laws in hand, in knee-jerk attempts to protect the children from the latest and greatest menace.