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Did you hear that? If you're older than 24, you probably didn't.


It started out as invention to keep loitering kids away: a noise, at a frequency only teenagers could hear, blasted into the parking lots of convenience stores. Now the high-pitched sound has made it into the world of ringtones. Mosquito Ringtone describes their product as "a tone outside the audible range of hearing for most people over the age of 30." The ringtones are available for free, and the Mosquito website even offers a sampling of frequency sound bites to test your hearing.

The reason for the sneaky sound? So kids can field texts and phone calls undetected by parents and teachers. Hmm ... one more reason to ban cell phones in school?

Should parents be concerned?

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18 comments so far | Post a comment now
Moop June 1, 2010, 10:03 AM

Parents should absolutely be concerned…of course, children don’t really “need” a cell phone.

Rita June 1, 2010, 12:00 PM

That’s really the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard of. I had my 3 year old sitting with me and he didn’t even flinch when I played the really high frequencies, and he has excellent hearing.

Firefly June 1, 2010, 12:45 PM

I’m 30 and I heard the sound, so guess it doesn’t work for only teenagers!

Jenn June 1, 2010, 2:08 PM

Im 30 and I could not hear it though I got a headache I had it the loudest it will go and my 7 year old daughter threw her hands over her ears and yelled it was too loud

Krista June 1, 2010, 5:44 PM

I’m 29 and can hear it though doubt I would hear my cell in my car with music on. The site did say some adults will hear but not know where its coming from.

Jessica June 1, 2010, 7:32 PM

Old news. This came out about 4 years ago, when I was a senior in high school. It definitely works though. I remember hearing it on several occasions and everyone in class was confused at where the noise was coming from, except for the teacher who was completely oblivious to the sound. It’s not a novel idea but it definitely works and it should be a concern to parents who have to monitor their childrens usage of text and phone privelages.

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