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Teddyfone

  • Object:

    Mobile phone

  • Place of origin:

    London (Designed)

  • Date:

    2011 (Manufactured)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    moulded plastic

  • Museum number:

    B.133:1,9-2011

  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 76, case 21 []

In recent years we have seen a huge increase in technology on our lives particularly in mobile phone use and social networking, this is mainly due to lower costs of mobile phones, computers, and later smart phones. It is here that we start to see the boundaries blur between adult and child, as both children and adults share the same products and social networking sites.

Research by Child Net International shows, that 60% of secondary school children and 20% of primary school children own a mobile phone. There has been a lot of public debate about children using mobile phones, due to heath risk as well as the potential for miss-use. The market has responded to the demand for mobile phones for children and there is now a range available. The phones aimed at younger children are designed to limit risk, such as Teddyfone. It does not have a screen and has 4 numbers programmed into it, this reduces the risk of miss use, from text, or image messaging, downloading unsuitable content. It also makes it less attractive and unlikely to be stolen.

Physical description

A child's mobile phone in the shape of a teddy bear, it is made of plastic and is blue and white. It has a ribbon handel attached at the back of its head. In its card box are the following; a blue and white carry case with a string to hang around the childs neck, a charger, a pair of ear phones, two batteries, a mini disk and a manual booklet.

Place of Origin

London (Designed)

Date

2011 (Manufactured)

Materials and Techniques

moulded plastic

Subjects depicted

Bears; Teddy bears

Categories

Children & Childhood; Telecommunication; Product design; Plastic

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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