Recently, we were introduced to LiveHealth Online, a smart new Internet-based service and mobile app from WellPoint that allows you to choose from a list of board-certified doctors and get medical care and advice right from your home. Seriously, you can show a doctor your kid’s rash at midnight, or get a prescription you need on a Sunday without running over to urgent care–how awesome is that? We were so impressed with it that Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Tech partnered with them to introduce the service to other bloggers and editors. So this past weekend, we had the pleasure of hosting some...Read More
Category: Family Safety Apps
With this being the first summer with our third baby, I have been thrown back into super vigilant mode when it comes to pool safety. While summer is coming to a close, we’ve still got quite a few weeks of hot swim weather left (and an upcoming warm weather trip this winter), so in addition to my own hyper attentiveness, it’s nice to know that I have safety backup with a poolside essential called iSwimband. We have covered other swim safety products in the past, like the SEAL System and the Wahooo Swim Monitor, the latter of which happens to...Read More
Though I live in New York City, with its world-class public transportation system (mostly), I must admit that I’m more of a car person which means I drive, I taxi, I Uber and now I uberFAMILY. And I bet lots of other parents will too, considering their smart new on-demand car seat option that just launched in NYC. With the touch a button, your Uber app will now be able to connect you with one of their highest-rated uberX partner drivers, which is reassuring, with a car equipped with a child seat so you can safely buckle everyone up. Even the little...Read More
The browser KidZui has been one of the best ways for kids to explore the Internet safely for a few years now, and we’re so excited to learn they’re going mobile with the new KidZui app. Especially with all those new tablets and devices coming in for the holidays, and considering one of the questions we get most from our readers is how to make a tablet safe for kids. UPDATE 2016: Kidzui is no longer in existence. RIP. One of the top answers: Use a safe browser. And I love KidZui because it’s both safe and fun. Kids still have...Read More
We’re excited to see all the new apps coming out that are optimized just for the new new iOS 7. Including one of the first we’ve tried: this awesome app that’s perfect for those of you in the market for a digital baby monitor. MobiLinc Cam Viewer allows you to link to almost any brand of IP camera–or a digital video cam that you access through the web, like a video baby monitor–via your iOS device. The app was designed with the new features of iOS 7 in mind, so the visuals are stunning and the processing is crazy fast. MobiLinc has...Read More
I feel for parents of teens these days, who not only have to contend with the usual teen angst, but also have a whole new set of digital obstacles to face with their kids texting and app-downloading and web surfing. Not to mention apps like SnapChat (eek). Thankfully, there are more resources cropping up to help parents navigate this tricky path, and this smart new iOS app we found is one of them. AppCertain is a new app that sends notifications to parents every time a new app is downloaded onto their kids’ phones. After you set up...Read More
With two tweens, I’m increasingly aware of all the trouble they might get into using social media like Instagram, Facebook, and especially Snapchat. A.K.A. “the sexting app”–eep! Even if it is just an accidental lapse in judgment, it takes only one shared photo from a slumber party to bring about a whole lot of headaches. Which is why I’m so excited about a new parental monitoring app that keeps an eye on their activity and is ready to strike on a moment’s notice. SnapCat is an ingeniuous app that stealthily lurks in the background of my girls’ iOS devices,...Read More
As parents, we’re huge proponents, obviously, of Internet safety and the many tools and services to help us out in that arena. We’ve recommended the Net Nanny software previously, and phew, we are finally glad to see that it has caught up with a new iOS version to accompany its Android app. There’s nothing extremely fancy with the new Net Nanny iOS app. But in these situations, you don’t need fancy, you just need it to work – and it does. The app simply gives you a browser that you can control and has three control settings (low, medium,...Read More
Any time I talk to a parent with tweens, the conversation eventually turns to the kinds of technology they are using, which then eventually turns into a Q&A session of me asking about cell phone usage, social media usage, cyber bullying (gasp!) and anything else that I fear for when my kids hit that age. Luckily, I’m usually reassured by parents of pre-teens who seem to have a good grasp on what their kids are doing. Which is how I often learn about kid-friendly resources like the Everloop Goobit app that allows them to test the social media waters...Read More
Every time I see toddlers wildly tapping and swiping at their moms’ phones, I wonder how much they’re inadvertently racking up in iTunes purchases–or perhaps which international country they’re dialing. But it’s not just toddlers that are at risk of activating something they’re not supposed to. My kids love seeing all the photos and videos I have on my phone and every once in a while, I hear the “Mom, what do I do now?” call for help. Sound familiar? That’s where a kid-proof solution for managing iPhone usage really comes into play. The pairing of the Toddler Lock...Read More
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