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New Phones To Keep Tabs On Kids

Motorola Inc., the world's third largest mobile phone manufacturer, plans to make phones that would let parents monitor their children's whereabouts and censor obscene content, Chairman and CEO Edward Zander said.

Phones are also coming with features to attract young consumers, like next month's planned release of a phone with iTunes, Apple Computer Inc.'s popular media player, Zander told reporters late Tuesday.

"Mobile phones today are more like television when I was a kid," Zander said after visiting his company's software development center in Bangalore. But "there is a way to keep it secure."

While parents need to adapt to the emerging youth culture surrounding mobile phones, adults are right to be concerned about what their kids are listening to, watching and reading, he said.

To meet those concerns, the Schaumburg, Ill.-based company is planning models that would inform parents of their children's whereabouts and carry censorship software, he said.

Motorola had worldwide revenues of $31.3 billion last year and employs 2,900 engineers in India.

Zander said the Indian engineers were working on security features, including access control and data protection.

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