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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Top Apps and Gadgets to Help Keep Children Safe




Modern cell phones have evolved into incredibly capable devices; in fact, they are so prevalent that it can be hard to accept that the first version of the iPhone is only five years old. Though it seems like the venerable device has been with us forever, it was in fact launched in 2007. The worldwide adoption of so-called “smart” cell phones speaks volumes about their capabilities, the benefits they afford users, and their dominance of the market.

An unintended result of this proliferation, however, is that smartphones are now so ubiquitous that they are used by most everyone – adults and children alike. Unfortunately, for children, smartphones can be dangerous distractions or provide a means of accessing unsuitable subject matter. Thankfully, there are ways to prevent such hazards – with smartphones themselves! T-Mobile, a leading cell phone service provider, offers several cell phone plans that come equipped with family tracking apps designed to keep your children and teens safe. FamilyWhere is a free app which allows users to track family and children by locating their phones on a map. Here are other gadgets and apps designed to keep your children safe.


The Amber Alert device, named after California's law of the same name which alerts citizens to child abductions, includes a GPS tracking device and a smartphone app. The tracking device can be placed on your child, in his or her backpack, or any other suitable location, so that you can track his or her movement at all times. The device also includes a panic button that your child can push in the event of an emergency. Ideal for younger children, this device makes it easy for you to track your son or daughter's movement for greater peace of mind. 


The Canary smartphone app gets its name from the famous “canary in the coal mine” - the early warning sign for the many boys and men working deep in the bowels of coal mines in the 19th century. So too is the Canary app an early warning device. By installing this app on your teenage son or daughter's smartphone, you can: keep track of their movement; receive alerts when they exceed the speed limit or use the phone when traveling above 12mph; be notified if they leave a designated “safe” area or enter into a prohibited area; and keep track of curfew violations. Your child's safety is important and with Canary, you can keep track of it. 


Cell phones are incredibly convenient and useful devices. That being said, they should never be used while operating a motor vehicle, except in cases of emergency. The Drive First app currently offered by Sprint adopts this mentality and takes it one step further. If you have a family plan, you can implement the Drive First option to prevent your son or daughter from using his or her phone when traveling faster than 12mph. Incoming calls will automatically divert to voicemail (except those from a customizable list of allowed callers), incoming texts will automatically be responded to with a “This person is currently unavailable” message, and all alerts will be silenced. Texting and talking while driving can be deadly – eliminate this risk. This app is expected to be available on all carriers soon. 


Modern cell phones are much more than simple communication devices. They are cameras. They are multi-media platforms. They are gaming platforms. They are computers. And they are GPS devices. With the GPS Tracker app by FollowMee, you can track any phone that the app is installed on. If you have a teenage son or daughter, install this app on his or her phone and you'll never be in doubt as to your child's location. It's that simple. 


With the Kid Mode app, you can deny your young son or daughter certain phone privileges and prevent them from accidentally purchasing in-app products, accessing unsuitable materials online, deleting texts or past phone calls, and clicking on pop-up ads. In essence, the Kid Mode app works just as described – put simply, it places your smartphone into a kid-friendly mode. All of the apps and games that they use most will still be available to them; the difference is that you won't have to constantly be looking over their shoulder or worrying that your son or daughter is doing something he or she shouldn't be. 

About the Author: Jessica Oaks is a freelance journalist who loves to cover technology and the ways that technology can make life easier. Jessica also blogs at FreshlyTechy.com 

Edited by Anthony Gonzalez for Child Quest International

2 comments:

  1. AFTER SEEING THE STRANGER DANGER PROGRAM ON TELEVISION I AM NOW MORE THAN EVER ALERT FOR MY GRAND CHILDREN WHOM I TAKE TO SCHOOL , THE BOY IS ELEVEN AND THE GIRL IS SEVEN CAN YOU ADVISE ME OF A SECURITY GADGET THEY CAN WEAR ON THEIR WRIST THAT WOULD SEND OFF A LOUD ALARM OF WARNING TO THE POTENTIAL STRANGER DANGER PLEASE . KIND REGARD`S JD CONCERNED GRANDFATHER .

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