I reviewed AppCertain earlier this year and use it myself to learn about apps my daughter downloads on her iPod touch. They have added a new feature called Curfew Mode. Curfew Mode lets you remotely turn off non-essential apps on your child’s iPod touch, iPad or iPhone. This is perfect for enforcing rules such as no apps at bedtime, homework time, during the school day, summer camp, or any time digital distractions interfere with other activities.
How it works
- Download the AppCertain app (it’s free) onto the device you want to monitor (iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone).
- Follow the instructions to install a security profile which will detect new apps.
- Log onto your account from any computer or download the AppCertain onto your own iPhone or iPad. From here you can review a list of all apps on the device, and turn Curfew Mode on or off.
I tried it out on my iPhone and I have to say it is kind of magical. I turned curfew mode ON, and within a few seconds the little icons on my iPhone disappeared. They just weren’t there. A few apps remained – some of the native (built-in) apps and of course since this is a phone, the phone was still there.
But all the games – poof, gone.
Safari? Gone. Can’t get to the web.
Netflix or other media and music? Nope.
One caveat, when you turn curfew mode back on and all the apps reappear, they won’t be in the same order. If the kiddos organized apps into folders, they will have to put them back in folders. Depending on the number of apps your children have, this could be cumbersome. But think about how this could be a great deterrent – follow the tech rules of the household, or we’ll have to use curfew mode. After their first time re-arranging apps, they may well follow those rules next time!
If you have more than one device to monitor you can add a device to your account for $4.99. But as a Be Web Smart reader you can monitor an extra device for free! Once you’ve installed AppCertain on one device, just email email@example.com with the code WebSmart713 and your AppCertain account email.
Here’s a short video about Curfew Mode.