Monitoring what children and teens do on their cell phone is important to avoid contact with inappropriate subjects. For this there are several applications for Android and iPhone (iOS) phones. Google Family Link, AppBlock, and Parental Control Screen Time limit usage time and monitor children's actions by blocking resources and generating reports that inform actions taken on mobile phones.
In addition to search protection and inappropriate age content, parents can track their child's real-time location and receive an alert if an incident occurs, such as the Life360 and the KidsControl GPS Family Tracker. Below are five free tools that can help you monitor children's actions on the Internet.
Google Family Link: How to track children's time on mobile
In the Life360 app, parents can receive notifications when their child arrives at a location. Photo: Helito Beggiora / dnetc
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The Google Family Link app generates a usage time report and also lets you track what can be purchased from the Google Play Store, track location, hide apps, lock your device, and limit usage time. Reports on your child's mobile actions can be generated monthly or weekly. For each child, up to five monitors can be added. The app is available for iOS and Android.
When setting up parental monitoring, the child's and parents' cell phones must be close, and the child must be at most 13 years old. A separate Google account for the child needs to be created before setup.
Google Family Link needs phones to be ready for first time setup Photo: Playback / Adriano Ferreira
Required only on a child's mobile phone, AppBlock has several tools that block the use of various features (calls, videos, photos), apps and downloads. In the list of installed apps, parents can block the ones they prefer. Several lock profiles can be created and activated at different times on the phone, such as at bedtime, for example. The start and end of activities are defined by the times and days selected by the parents. From the location, it is also possible to configure automatic lock.
Uninstalling AppBlock is another feature that ensures the effectiveness of restrictions as it can be blocked, but must enable functionality in the app, other applications can also be on the list that prevents uninstallation.
Locks of various features and applications can be made by the app Photo: Reproduction / Adriano Ferreira
Sharing user locations is a feature used by Life360 efficiently, as parents can track each child's path by receiving information about where their child is or where they have been. When the child arrives at a location, an alert is sent to people added within a monitoring circle. In case of an emergency situation, the application makes an automatic call to the selected profiles. If the phone is lost or stolen, it can be tracked using Life360's precise location feature.
Parents receive automatic notification of where children are Photo: Reproduction / Adriano Ferreira
4. GPS KidsControl Family Tracker
Tracking of your child's location can be performed even without the Internet using specific GPS coordinates of the KidsControl Family Tracker. When there is connection, the accuracy becomes 10 to 40 meters higher, even in enclosed places like underground parking, for example. In the app, various places like home or school can be set so that automatic alerts are sent when children arrive. If your monitored phone is almost out of battery, you can send a message to remind you of charging.
Dangerous regions can be set so that alerts are sent if the child enters them. If there is an emergency, the SOS button sends a help request to anyone monitoring the location. You can add several profiles for monitoring. To start using the service, I need the user to enter the invitation code sent to be monitored.
Location of child registered until when there is no internet connection Photo: Reproduction / Adriano Ferreira
5. Parental Control Screen Time
Subjects that are viewed on websites, social networks and other content can be monitored by the Parental Screen Time Control. The words typed in mobile browser browsers are seen giving parents greater control over what their children see on the Internet. In addition, you can control the time your child spends on their cell phone. In the paid version of the app, parents can immediately stop monitored phone activities, limit resources during class hours, have a daily summary of activities, and even share monitoring with other profiles.
Mobile activity can be interrupted at any time in the premium version of the Foto: Reproduo / Adriano Ferreira app.
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