One of the biggest problems with raising a child today is something that your parents probably never dreamed of: the amount of time kids spend and the type of content they may find on their mobile devices. Responsible parents should have some idea about what their children are finding online, but it can be tough to keep up.
The good news is that there are apps out there that can help you monitor your childâ€™s smartphone activities. This way, no matter where you are, you can be alerted to content you donâ€™t think they are old enough for, or you can review the content they found throughout the day. Here are some easy-to-use apps that you can use.
Kids Place: Parental Control
This app lets parents â€œset and forgetâ€ all of the approved content that their child can access through their smartphone. The best part is, you donâ€™t need an internet connection to use the app, so no matter what, you are in control.
You can choose from a list of approved content that will limit the access your child has and adjust it as they age and you feel they become more mature. You can choose to lock the smartphone during specific times of the day, such as dinner time or when they should be doing their homework. The app even has an option for you to disable the connection for a period of time.
Parent Control works for children from toddlers to teenagers.
SecureTeen Parental Control
This is another nice app to give you complete control over your child’s smartphone or tablet. And donâ€™t let the name fool you: itâ€™s good for children of all ages, not just teenagers.
The app gives you plenty of â€œmatureâ€ categories that you can block from your childâ€™s devices, from violence to foul language to adult situations. All you have to do is choose which content you want to block and voila! They will only be able to access that content if you allow it.
You can see what they are using their device for at any time and you can set schedules that will lock them out during certain times of the day. You can even track their location through the app so you know where your child is at all times.
Automatic Call Recorder for Me
The key to keeping your child safe is knowing not only what they see on their devices, but what they talk about as well. This call recorder app will allow you to hear all of the conversations you child has on their smartphone.
The app allows you to record all calls — even from unknown numbers — so you can monitor the subject matter. You can retrieve past calls easily, by date and time or by phone number, and you use a pin number to secure your settings.
These apps can help take the guesswork out of the content and conversations that your child is exposed to.