We wonder why kids aren't interested in computers, and then we spend tons of time and energy keeping them from doing anything interesting with them. If they see technology as something designed to let adults eavesdrop into every corner of their lives of course it becomes something to be avoided, rather than experimented with.
I hope some kid installs this on their parent's phone.
I couldn't disagree more, Kytephone is about enabling kids to get technology they otherwise would not have. Fact is, parents have the right raise their kids the way they see fit, which includes teaching their kids responsible use of technology.
Since current solutions are so lackluster, this means kids either get dumbphones or no phone at all, which is hardly a better outcome than a real smartphone with some parental controls.
Disney Launched an MVNO on sprint network 5/6 years back which has all of the features mentioned in the article and more (Parents can set allowances for kids to more content) and failed simply because there was no market for it (at the time).