Ringtone redemption

You may remember some publicity last year about a device that had been designed to prevent young people congregating together in public places. The gadget in question was basically a PA system that broadcast a mosquito type whine that was too high pitched for adults to hear BUT drove teenagers crazy as they could hear it perfectly. I don’t think I even commented on the story as I was so insensed that our society could view/treat the next generation like vermin rather than fellow human beings.
Teenagers being infinitely resourceful though have found a way of redeeming for their own benefit an aspect of this equipment. A bunch of teenagers sussed out that if Adults can’t hear this sound then its PERFECT for a ringtone. Canny teenagers have been using the high pitched sound as a ring tone thus enabling texts and calls to be noted while in class, the teachers obvioulsy remaining unaware. GENIUS!
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ht to youthwork mag’ for unearthing this one

4 Replies to “Ringtone redemption”

  1. I heard on the news last week about some where (I think it was abroad somewhere like Australia) where they were going to start piping Barry Manilow into a car park area at night to try and deter the youth from hanging out, personally I think now the high pitched buzzing doesn’t sound so cruel!

  2. someone emailed a sound file of the high pitch noise that eminates from the mosquito deviceto me today…when I played it I was expecting to hear nothing, but I was wrong…boy does it really really hurt!
    Some kids have recorded them onto their phones to trick teachers (who can’t hear the noise) to pick up phone calls in class! I am not the sure the pain is worth getting one over the teachers, but ingenious all the same!

  3. someone emailed a sound file of the high pitch noise that eminates from the mosquito deviceto me today…when I played it I was expecting to hear nothing, but I was wrong…boy does it really really hurt!
    Some kids have recorded them onto their phones to trick teachers (who can’t hear the noise) to pick up phone calls in class! I am not the sure the pain is worth getting one over the teachers, but ingenious all the same!

  4. I thought it was supposed to only be audible to those whipper snapper types under 25?? Both me and my hubby can hear it – maybe working with teenagers really does keep you young! (though as my Hubby is a teacher he’ll be annoyed if any of his kids use it as a ring tone!)

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