Beware Teens, Your Parents Can Now Control the Internet
VexBox bogs down Internet connection speeds to limit digitally-obsessed teenagers
“Digital grounding” is a consequence for teenagers who are on the Internet and don’t want to listen to their parents. A young person’s attachment to their smart devices is an increasingly universal phenomenon, and managing that relationship is a frustration heard by many head of households. At least this was the finding of Sean ORiordan, a stepfather to a high-school aged student and Founder of VexBox, a device used to curb arguments about homework and social networks.
ORiordan describes technology as a currency for a teenager, so he developed a one-stop throttle that lets parents slow down the Internet speed of their children’s devices. The prospective effect is that children would rather have no service than have to deal with an ultra-slow connection.