Your teens want their independence. They want to venture out of the nest and to try the latest trends, no matter how dumb. The Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge anyone? The Charlie Charlie Challenge, the Cinnamon challenge, the fire challenge and swatting are just a few more examples.
Bottom line, it's a big world out there, with an even bigger Internet. There are a million and a half different things you could worry about at any given moment. It's just what every parent does. You've all heard scary stories about teenagers being lured to meet "friends" they've been chatting with on social media apps. Plus, it's all too easy for them to click on an inappropriate website with questionable content.
Luckily, we've found an app that can help give you peace of mind while giving your kids some freedom, both in the real world and in their online lives. The parental control app is called FamilyTime Dashboard and it monitors you child's whereabouts, as well as their Internet and smartphone activity.
With FamilyTime Dashboard, you can get daily activity reports with their location history and phone usage, get SOS and panic alerts from your children, get notified when your kids are ready to get picked up, and that's just the start. You can also monitor their call logs, contact lists, the apps they are using and for how long, and soon, you'll be able to monitor the text and SMS messages they send too.
With the location tracker, you can get detailed history reports of where you child goes, and if there's a certain place you don't want them, you can set up geofences to exclude questionable locations and get instant alerts when those borders are breached.
If you're worried that your kid spends too much time on their phone, you can remotely lock their phone, keeping them from using it. So when it's dinner time and you want to spend quality time at the table, your kid won't have another choice.
For access to each of these features and even more coming soon, you might want to think about upgrading to the premium version. It comes with a free three day trial and allows for multiple devices, comes with a full support system you can reach 24/7, which will come in handy if you're having any installation problems.
Speaking on installations, which app goes where could get a little bit confusing. Here's a brief rundown:
Apple: Download the Family Time Dashboard app on the parent's device. Next, install the FamilyTime – Parental Control for Kid’s iPhone app on the child's iPhone or iPad. You'll have to give permission for a number of different things, then you can create the account using the activation codes you got when you created the master parent account. For a more detailed guide on how to download to your Apple gadget, click here to see download instructions from FamilyTime.
Android: The process for Android users is a little bit different. To start you'll want to install the FamilyTime Dashboard app on the parent's phone. Once you've downloaded the app and created an account, then you'll go onto your child's gadget and go to http://download.familytime.io from inside a Web browser. Use your activation credentials to get access to the app to download to your child's gadget. Install the app and give all the permissions
For a more detailed guide on how to download to your Android, click here to see download instructions from FamilyTime.