As much as we love the Internet, and the helpful information it makes available to us, there are definitely some downsides, like the Family Tree Now site which aggregates all your personal info, including addresses, relatives, possible associates, all in one place. Thankfully, there is a way for you to opt-out of their site, which we suggest doing immediately. While all this info might be readily available on the Internet, having it all in one place for people to access is downright scary....Read More
Category: Family Safety Apps
This is a sponsored message from KidGuard Even the most vigilant parents can have a hard time keeping track of their child’s online activity, which is why so many are looking to KidGuard for help to ensure they’re safe and making good digital choices. The KidGuard subscription service is a secure, easy way to monitor your kids on their smartphones and tablets. Using their dashboard on your own smartphone or computer, you’ll have access to the websites they’ve visited. You’ll also have the ability to locate their phone, provided it has GPS capabilities. If you’re extra worried about a child’s safety, you can even keep...Read More
This is a sponsored message from SudoPay If you love shopping online but don’t love the idea of giving out your credit card number and personal information for every purchase, then SudoPay might just be exactly what you’ve been looking for. This free app instantly generates virtual credit cards that you can use like any other, whether you’re shopping for holiday gifts, making payments, or sending gift cards to friends and family. To use SudoPay, just download the app, then select from a variety of dollar amounts up to $1000. You can even customize your virtual cards’ appearances with their gallery, or...Read More
Now that my son has a phone, as do all his friends, it’s a whole new world of parenting. For now, he is content texting his friends yo, bruh, what’s up and watching sports clips, but there will soon be a time when social networks come more predominantly into play. And when it does, I’ll be relying on a new service called Bark to keep an eye on activity. We have covered parental monitoring apps, services, and routers (like Circle by Disney, for example) in the past, but it’s about time there’s a much more all-encompassing, efficient, and streamlined way than...Read More
This is a sponsored message on behalf of Curbi. Whether your family added some new devices to the mix this holiday season or you’ve been pretty gadget-reliant in your home for a while, you’ll want to check out the free trial of Curbi, which can help you manage screen time for both iOS and Android devices. Once you sign-up for Curbi and enroll whichever devices you’d like to manage, you’ll be able to set time limits for specific apps (YouTube, Minecraft) or an entire device, even instantly put a gadget on “time out.” And you do it all from your own iPhone or iPad, or any computer at...Read More
As the days start to get shorter (sob) and we realize some of us will soon be heading home from work or walking around a college campus in the dark at just 5PM, it’s nice to know that walking home alone just got a lot less nerve-wracking. Thanks to five University of Michigan students, you can now download the new Companion app, a really cool — and needed — personal safety tool that lets friends or family walk with you, virtually, and track your journey home via GPS on an online map. So smart, right? And definitely super useful, especially because Companion can be used with anyone in your contacts;...Read More
One of the scariest things I may see this Halloween is my 13-year-old disappearing down the street with her big group of friends to go on her first trick-or-treating trek without me. And while it’s hard to believe the years of us trick-or-treating together are history (sniff), I feel better knowing that I can peek in on her throughout the night using Glympse’s free Track-n-Treat app for iOS. Our readers have been asking for a good child tracker for Halloween night, and this is one I can really recommend. What I like most about Track-n-Treat is how easy it is to get...Read More
I’m looking for a child tracking app to secretly put on my 17-year-old’s iPhone to track his whereabouts. My wife’s “spidey senses” are telling her that he’s going places and doing things without permission. I know I could Google but I’d rather ask you guys what you think. Thanks! -Mike Should you secretly keep track of your teen with an app? I’m still holding onto my kids being young enough to know where they are at all times, but before I know it, they’ll want to roam free and I’ll be in your position. Eek. I’m all for ensuring kids...Read More
I am intrigued by all the new technologies and devices coming out that are designed to monitor and track a baby’s sleep patterns and movements. Products like the AngelCare Sleep Monitor and wearable devices like Sproutling are just the beginning of a slew of innovations in new parents’ future, from what we can tell. And a new Kickstarter campaign for a wireless baby monitor called MonBaby is another one to keep an eye on. For many new parents, worries about SIDS and just making sure the baby is sleeping and breathing well, can be overwhelming, which is really how the idea for the MonBaby came about. The inventor wanted to create a solution that...Read More
We’ve talked a lot about solutions to the texting and driving issue, from apps to hands-free devices you install in your car. And now ATT is doing more on the third anniversary of their popular It Can Wait campaign, by asking for more lifetime pledges, and promoting their new #X social hashtag. The idea of the hashtag is that teens (or anyone for that matter) text or tweet a message ending with #X as an indicator that they are now driving and not accepting texts. They’ve even launched a PSA with Demi Lovato about it. Now, I still think that an app that actually blocks texts...Read More
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