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Parental Monitoring Apps

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Worry about giving your child a smartphone? Worry that your teen is accessing inappropriate websites? Well, there are ways to monitor your children without taking their phone from them. How do you do this? How do you know things are not deleted? You download apps. Apps that will allow you, as a parent, to monitor your child’s websites, text messages, social media sites and app purchases exist and we will look at which ones work and which one don’t. I will also discuss which ones do what so you can make a decision on which app will work for you. First, there is the ParentKit for iOS. When you open a ParentKit account, it will give you access to develop a profile. This profile is yours and from here, you assign different kids profiles and send them emails. From the email, you download and install. For smaller children, they will not see the app and will not be able to remove the app but teenagers may be able to delete but you can add a passcode to prevent this; and if they do figure out the passcode and delete- a flip phone is now their new best friend. With the app installed, you can monitor everything. This app gives you access to texts, apps, and allows monitoring and blocking of the Internet. This parental monitoring app will cost about $25 for 6 months (there is a free trial).   This app is a great buy for what it does. Check it out and see if it will work for you. Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 5.10.26 PM Anotherparental monitoring app is Funamo. This app is for Android but is a great app to use. First, this app gives you complete parental monitoring of your child’s phone. There is a comprehensive list of things you can do. First, you can filter the Internet on any and all web browser. The Funamo has a patent pending on its web blocking technology. This blocks pornography web sites, allows safe browsing and this includes things like YouTube, Bing, Google and Yahoo search bars. Parental monitoring includes filtering by keywords and phrases that a parent specifies. Any pages with this keywords and phrases will be blocked. The fee is about $20 per service you use (one time fee). This is a great feature because you can pay for just the services you need. Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 5.11.11 PM These two parental monitoring apps are great but there are limitations. First, each one is just specific to either Apple or Android and cannot cross operating systems. Next, both have a cost to it, neither expense is bad but you should research more to determine which one will fit your family needs.   Both do have at least 3 of out 4 stars. For parental monitoring, there are plenty out there. The two parental monitoring apps listed in this blog are the top for Android and iOS. In the next blog, there will be parental monitoring apps that span across both iOS and Android. Be looking on ways to protect your children or to keep them from accessing inappropriate websites, music videos or downloading games.

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