It looks like parents in South Korea will soon have a few new tools at their disposal in their attempts to cut down their kids' excessive cellphone use, with the county's telecommunications ministry set to introduce new regulations aimed at keeping teenage cellphone use (and their parent's bills) under control. The centerpiece of the effort is apparently a separate contract system that cellphone carriers will have to provide for teens, which will set a strict limit on how much they can use their phone and require parental permission in order for them to exceed that preset level. Parents will also get a complete rundown on what cellphone services their kids are using, although actual cellphone tracking will apparently still just be an optionally invasive measure that protective parents can take advantage of.

[Via Yahoo! News/AFP]

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South Korea aims to curtail teenage cellphone use