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Software stops teens from texting and driving

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Many teens learn to operate a car at driving schools.  So when one driving instructor learned the parents of his students were looking for a way to make sure their children weren't texting an driving, he went looking for a solution.

"I've been searching and looking, and I finally found a product called 'Cell Safety," said Buster Barber of VP Barber's Driving School. "It disables text messaging while the car is in motion.

It's similar to Textecution, software Action News 5 first showed you last year. But Cell Safety goes even farther.  With a few clicks of the mouse, parents can now monitor what their teens send and receive through text messages.

The software has a 9,000word vocabulary of "trigger words".  It can monitor text messages your kids may receive from strangers, or from anyone that has anything to do with sexting, bullying, suicide, guns or drugs.

Not only can the software tell you what your kids are texting, but once they get behind the wheel, it will show you where they are going and how fast they're trying to get there.

"It uses a GPS tracking system," Barber said. "You can locate your child at anytime using the software with just a click of the button. You can also set a speed limit. If they go over a certain speed, it will instantly alert you."

Parents install the tamper-proof application onto their child's phone, pay a monthly fee, and are e-mailed or texted every time a phone rule is broken.  With new laws in effect and parents facing the challenge of enforcing cell phone rules, Barber says this new technology is the perfect solution.

"It gives you the peace of mind that you need to insure your kids won't get killed by looking at text messages," he said.

For more information on Cell Safety, click here.

For more information on Textecution, click here.

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