New mobile phone SIM service Bemilo 'to beat bullies'

Hayley reports on the new Bemilo service

A new SIM card has launched that puts adults in control over how you use your mobile phone.

It works in almost any phone and allows your parents to decide who can contact you and when you can use the internet.

Adults can shut off your internet during school time and even read your texts from their computer if they think you're being bullied.

The Bemilo (it's an anagram of 'mobile') service isn't an app, so you wouldn't be able to switch it off.

But it never blocks you from calling your parents - even if you've run out of credit.

The service launched online today but will be available in shops later this month.

'Not about spying'

Some of the features are designed to stop bullies from sending you horrible messages.

Simon Goff, the founder of the service, told Newsround: "the advice from the major networks is to change your number if you're being bullied.

"With Bemilo you can just block them."

He said although parents can read your messages, you shouldn't be worried about it.

"It's not about snooping or spying, it's simply protection."

What do you think?

We asked if you would be happy for your parents to have control of your mobile.

Here are some of your comments.

Your comments

"I think that it is a good idea as cyberbullying is a big, unsolved problem in my school. I think my classmates wont like it, but they are very rude to each other when hidden behind a phone or computer."

Crystal, London, England

"How to deal with a problem such as bullying? You cut it off on the surface and pretend it doesn't exist. Typical. 'People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.' - Benjamin Franklin"

Juanmi, London, England

"I think it will be a great idea, because in my school when people get bullied they are sometimes afraid to even go to school! This SIM could give children the confidence to face their fears."

Sophie, Stanley, Hong Kong

"I don't like the idea because it blocks my privacy. I will tell my mum if I'm bullied anyway."

Cameron, Newport, England

"It's out of order, we should be allowed our privacy. There are other ways to solve bullying on phones."

Nathan, Flintshire, Wales

"We feel as a group that this is going too far and you might get bullied because you have the SIM in the first place."

9U Form Group Corpus, Preston, England

"What if you were texting a boy you fancied - your parents could see what you were saying! I know I wouldn't want them to see it, it would be embarrassing."

Natasha, Bedale, England

"Me and my mum agree that it is a good idea because most parents don't know what their children are doing or who they are talking to."

Deanna, Wiltshire, England

"I think it would be ok because it would stop people bulling children at home or at school. My mum and dad could see who I have been contacting and stop people sending me unwanted messages."

Georgia, Greater Manchester, England

"I think this is an invasion of privacy, we all have a separate social life to our family life. My friends trust me and I wouldn't want my mum knowing certain information."

Steph, Hull, England

"I think it is a good idea for younger children, but I think that older children, like me, would find it really annoying. Parents don't understand text speak, they may think things are bad when they are not!"

Lauren, North Suffolk, England

"This would be good if it stopped bullying, but I still think kids need privacy and there may be jokes that adults don't understand."

Kirsty, London, England

"I think this is a complete invasion of privacy, it's like your parents reading your diary."

Beth, Devon, England

"I think it's a terrible idea - you might be planning a surprise for your parents and they would find out. Some things need to be a secret."

Francesca, Warwickshire, England

"I think it would be a bad idea, as children have a right to privacy. Parents already know what happens in our lives, so why do they need to know every detail? It's trust we have to rely on, that children will tell adults if they have a problem."

Hayley, Marlow, England

"Kids still need their privacy, we don't go through our parents' phones so why should they go through ours?"

Jade, Nottingham, England

"I think it's an invasion of privacy. If you are being bullied then you should show your parents the texts, it isn't fair that everything you text to your friends is monitored though!"

Gareth, Cookstown, Northern Ireland

"I think it is a bad idea because your phone is one of the most private things in your life. You can always just tell your parents if you are being bullied."

Euan, Stafford, England

"I don't think this is a good idea, it feels like they're spying on us."

Julia, London, England

"I don't think this is right because your texts should be private, unless you want to share them. We don't read our parents' texts, so why should they be able to read ours?"

Ella, Flintshire, Wales

"I think this is a terrible idea, if a parent can't trust their child to be mature with their phone, what is the point in giving them one in the first place?"

Daniel, Fife, Scotland

"I think the idea is stupid as parents would want to always know what their kids are saying. I know my parents would feel bad if they knew what I was saying, I think the whole idea is wrong!"

Kim, Yorkshire, England

"I think it's a good way for bullying to be handled. Bullying is not easy to get away from so I hope it works."

Aisha, Brixton, London

"I would hate it. I tell my friends personal things on my Facebook and through text so I wouldn't like them to see it. Plus, if they controlled who can contact me then I wouldn't be able to talk to anyone because they hate my friends."

Chloe, Cheshire, England

"This is terrible, it's an invasion of our privacy."

Morgan, Hamilton, Scotland

"I would hate my parents to check my phone anyway, they have got to learn to trust us."

Poppy, Essex, England

"I think it's a good idea, however I would feel like my parents were snooping too much into my personal life!"

Katie, Somerset, England

"I think it's a good idea because it can help stop bulling but also I'm not sure because you should be allowed your privacy on your phone and with your parents looking at your text messages you don't get that privacy."

Eve, Oxfordshire, England

"I don't want my parents looking through my texts and SMS's but I guess if I was being bullied it would help a lot. So all in all I'm in favour of this sim card."

Olivia, Leamington, England

"I think it's a good idea because if people are being bullied the adults can do something about it. If they can't see then bullying can go on and on and on and get bad and the person who is getting bullied can get hurt and abused, so I think it is such a good idea."

Lauren, Jersey, England

"I think this is a very good way of hopefully not being bullied and I really hope this works. Bullying is an awful thing, I've been bullied before, I know what it's like."

Kaitlan, West Yorkshire, England

"I think that it is a good idea because it allows parents to beat bullying. I also think that it's a bad idea because it's taking away privacy, so we have to be careful about what we send."

Eleanor, Huddersfield, England

"I wouldn't mind, but I'd like to be able to control some of the information that my parents can see. Otherwise it could get annoying if your parents can check your texts every minute of the day!"

Elizabeth, Somerset, England

"It's a really good idea. But I'm still not sure about my parents reading about my private stuff on my phone!"

Sarah, Winchester, England

"I don't think many kids would want their parents to be able to check their phones - a lot of communication between kids is private and if they are being bullied, it is up to them to tell their parents, not their phone."

Jane, Burton-on-Trent, England

"I would use it. However people may find it an invasion of their personal space. It may get more annoying as you get older."

Ollie, Warwickshire, England

"It is a great idea because then your parents can check your texts to see if you are being bullied, as most people that get bullied don't tell anyone."

Carris, Channel Islands

"It might make the person that is being bullied feel more confident."

Becky, West Midlands, England

"It feels too much like spying and if someone says something as a joke, parents could not have read the whole conversation and think it was bad."

Kate, London, England

"It's good since it stops bullying, however it's bad because you cannot have your privacy."

Asha, Manchester, England

"I think it is a good idea because it will help prevent cyberbullying!"

Harriet, Devon, England

"It's a really good idea. But I'm still not sure about my parents reading about my PRIVATE stuff on MY phone!"

Sarah, Winchester, England

"I wouldn't mind, but I'd like to be able to control some of the information that my parents can see. Otherwise it could get annoying if your parents can check your texts every minute of the day!"

Elizabeth, Somerset, England

"I think this is a very good way of hopefully not being bullied, and I really hope this works. Bullying is an awful thing. I've been bullied before. I know what it's like."

Kaitlan, West Yorkshire, England

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