Old mobiles fight cyber bullies

Harvey Norman communication manager Justin Fern encourages Tweed residents to drop in their old mobile phones for a good cause.
Harvey Norman communication manager Justin Fern encourages Tweed residents to drop in their old mobile phones for a good cause. Scott Powick

OLD mobile phones that usually sit in a drawer collecting dust can help keep kids cyber-safe.

MobileMuster is calling on everyone to round up their old mobile phones as part of a national campaign called Old phones, Safe Kids.

The funds will be donated to the Alannah and Madeline Foundation's eSmart system for schools for all mobiles, batteries and accessories handed in for recycling by May 31.

Harvey Norman at Tweed Heads South has a collection point for old mobile phones, and communication manager Justin Fern said the response from Tweed residents so far has been positive.

“We have already had quite a large number of phones being brought to the store for recycling,” Mr Fern said.

“I encourage all Tweed residents to come in with their old mobile phones.”

The launch of the campaign coincides with the release of research conducted by MobileMuster that surveyed more than 1000 parents about their child's mobile phone use and issues relating to cyber safety and cyber bullying.

MobileMuster recycling manager Rose Read said education is a key to assist in stopping cyber-bulling.

“Our research has shown that 87% of kids aged four to 16 either own or have access to a mobile phone,” she said.

For every two kilograms of mobile phones and accessories handed in for recycling, MobileMuster will donate a $1 towards The Alannah and Madeline Foundation's eSmart system for schools.

Visit to find mobile phone recycle points.

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