Your children want their independence. They want to venture out of the nest and stay up on the latest trends, no matter how impractical.
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.
We've all heard horrifying 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 online.
The parental control app is called FamilyTime and it monitors your child's whereabouts, as well as their internet and smartphone activity.
With FamilyTime, you can get daily activity reports with your child's location history and phone usage, get SOS and panic alerts from your kids, get notified when they 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 your 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 kids spend too much time on their gadget, you can remotely lock their phone, keeping them from using it. Watch the following video for a brief description.
For access to each of these features, you might want to think about upgrading to the premium version. It comes with a free three-day trial and allows for multiple devices, as well as a full support system you can reach 24/7, which will come in handy if you're having any installation problems.
After the free trial period, there are a few premium plans to choose from:
- MyFamily 2 - This plan covers unlimited parent devices and two child devices and costs about $1.50 per month. (This is a temporary sale price.)
- MyFamily 5 - This plan covers unlimited parent devices and up to five child devices and costs about $1.15 per month. (This is a temporary sale price.)
- MyFamily - This plan covers unlimited parent devices and one child device and costs $2.25 per month.
Speaking of installations, knowing which app goes where could get a little bit confusing. Here's a brief rundown:
Apple: Download the FamilyTime 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.
Android: The process for Android users is a little bit different. To begin, you'll want to install the FamilyTime app on the parent's phone. Follow the instructions from there on how to install the app on your child's phone.