Parental Controls Archive

  • I finally found it! An answer to the question I've received so many times: “Is there a way to monitor my child’s iMessages on her iPod touch/iPad/iPhone?”   Up until now I did not know of a way, other than checking the device.  And while some phone plans will let you monitor regular “SMS” text messages (sent through cellular service), iMessages are different; they are sent using a WiFi connection, not with a cellular connection.  Here's my review of TeenSafe.

    Monitor your child’s iMessages with TeenSafe

    I finally found it! An answer to the question I've received so many times: “Is there a way to monitor my child’s iMessages on her iPod touch/iPad/iPhone?” Up until now I did not know of a way, other than checking the device. And while some phone plans will let you monitor regular “SMS” text messages (sent through cellular service), iMessages are different; they are sent using a WiFi connection, not with a cellular connection. Here's my review of TeenSafe.

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  • Ah, that time of year! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far.  For me it’s been pretty busy, and you may have noticed fewer posts than usual.  So while I haven’t had time to write up a new review or article this week there is still helpful information to share.  Whether you are tablet shopping for the kids, wondering about parental controls on the new gaming systems, or looking for kid-safe browsers for iPods, iPads, or iPhones, I’ve got you covered.

    Gearing up for the Holidays

    Ah, that time of year! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season so far. For me it’s been pretty busy, and you may have noticed fewer posts than usual. So while I haven’t had time to write up a new review or article this week there is still helpful information to share. Whether you are tablet shopping for the kids, wondering about parental controls on the new gaming systems, or looking for kid-safe browsers for iPods, iPads, or iPhones, I’ve got you covered.

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  • Kids are using computers and tablets at younger ages – 38% of kids under the age of 2 have used a mobile device!  And it’s common to stumble upon objectionable content when you are not looking for it, even for older kids, teens and adults.  So what’s a family to do? One of the most important tools in a digital parent’s toolkit is internet filtering or monitoring software.  There are many to choose from, and recently I tested Covenant Eyes.  Covenant Eyes is internet accountability and filtering software for computers, tablets and mobile devices.

    Protect your family with Covenant Eyes

    Kids are using computers and tablets at younger ages – 38% of kids under the age of 2 have used a mobile device! And it’s common to stumble upon objectionable content when you are not looking for it, even for older kids, teens and adults. So what’s a family to do? One of the most important tools in a digital parent’s toolkit is internet filtering or monitoring software. There are many to choose from, and recently I tested Covenant Eyes. Covenant Eyes is internet accountability and filtering software for computers, tablets and mobile devices.

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  • Care4teen is parental control software for Windows or Android devices.  With Care4teen you can monitor what your children are doing on their computer or device, including watching recorded video of their actions.  You can put the wisdom of the Care4teen community - or “Care Groups”  - behind you when restricting web sites.  This is the only “crowd sourced” monitoring software I’m aware of.  As other parents rate websites, the software adapts and blocks sites that community at large has deemed inappropriate.

    Care4teen Parental control monitoring software review

    Care4teen is parental control software for Windows or Android devices. With Care4teen you can monitor what your children are doing on their computer or device, including watching recorded video of their actions. You can put the wisdom of the Care4teen community - or “Care Groups” - behind you when restricting web sites. This is the only “crowd sourced” monitoring software I’m aware of. As other parents rate websites, the software adapts and blocks sites that community at large has deemed inappropriate.

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  • We all love our technological gizmos and entertainment on the go. However, there is a time and place where these distractions are welcomed. Babysitting, unfortunately, isn't one of them. Now that summer is here, families may need to use babysitters more often.  Here are some tips for sitters to keep in mind. [This is a guest post by Rachel Thomas of babysitting.net.]

    The Distractions of Technology: 5 Things to Be Aware of as a Babysitter

    We all love our technological gizmos and entertainment on the go. However, there is a time and place where these distractions are welcomed. Babysitting, unfortunately, isn't one of them. Now that summer is here, families may need to use babysitters more often. Here are some tips for sitters to keep in mind. [This is a guest post by Rachel Thomas of babysitting.net.]

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  • By the time your teen is sending in their college applications or pounding the pavement for a job, they may have created numerous profiles on sites from Facebook to Twitter, Instagram to Tumblr.  You might be worried about what they are sharing, who they are interacting with, and the activities they are involved in online.  Any comment, status update, photo or “like” contributes to their online reputation.  Here are a few tools available to help monitor your social media “reputation” – and your teen's.

    Social Media and reputation monitoring with uKnowKids and Reppler

    By the time your teen is sending in their college applications or pounding the pavement for a job, they may have created numerous profiles on sites from Facebook to Twitter, Instagram to Tumblr. You might be worried about what they are sharing, who they are interacting with, and the activities they are involved in online. Any comment, status update, photo or “like” contributes to their online reputation. Here are a few tools available to help monitor your social media “reputation” – and your teen's.

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