Talking to parents of older kids makes me want to build a machine that will stop time in its tracks. While I look forward to my kids getting older (kinda), there is so much comfort in their ages right now and not having to question where they are at all times, who they’re with and what antics they’re up to. Big warning: I’m still on the fence about technology for monitoring and GPS-tracking kids. But it’s nice to know that there are options out there for those families for whom it’s the right thing to do. AT&T FamilyMap offers...Read More
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We all know that texting and driving don’t mix. But whether we don’t trust our text-loving teen–or even ourselves when we hear the joyous ding of a new message on our phone–this genius app has a very clever solution. (And hint, hint: It’s not letting your 10 year-old read your texts aloud to you while you drive.) Textecution may be the death of texting while driving. This app, once installed on your phone, detects when your phone is going over 10mph. Once recognized, your phone is on lockdown. No texts can be sent or received. And while you can...Read More
There are lots of products on the market right now that “secretly” monitor your kids, like GPS-tracking their cars or logging their keystrokes on the computer without their knowledge. If you prefer to have a more open and communicative relationship while still allowing them their independence, check out the newly-launched I’mOK app. This app encourages kids to check in with their parents and turns it into a game, with sweet rewards. Once you have an account established, you create a network of trusted individuals and then your kids are free to check in to the app for points. The...Read More
With Hurricane Irene in full swing right now, we thought for those of you worried about your A Zone status, you might want to grab some of the best extreme weather mobile apps. Here are a few we found that cover topics such as finding shelters, FEMA updates, weather watch and home inventory. But most of them are useful for any emergency situation, even after Irene is a distant memory. Stay safe, everyone! Red Cross Shelter App (iPhone) This well-rated free app from the American Red Cross lists when and where shelters are located, should you live in an...Read More
It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to think of a child going missing, but the reality is, it’s not a bad idea to be prepared for worst case scenarios. The FBI just recently launched a free app called Child ID that lets you do just that. So, does it make sense to download it? You can add profiles for unlimited numbers of children and include a photo, physical characteristics, identifying markers and nicknames and have it on hand to immediately send to local law enforcement agencies. You can also call 911 and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children...Read More
After “I love you,” I’m pretty sure that the next phrase I’ve said most frequently to my kids is, “Be careful!” While we parents often take the safety of our families the most seriously, are we doing the same for ourselves? A new app recently launched called Guardly, and it provides immediate help from your mobile phone in case of emergency. If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, you tap on Guardly and have it immediately send an alert text, email or phone call to one or all of your contacts. This is free with the app. The real...Read More
How many of you have you misplaced your phone and had to call your mobile number? My hand is raised over here. But for the times that I’ve called my number and my ringer has been off, and I’ve spent a good 30 minutes retracing my steps to find it, well, as fun as those times have been, I’ve always wished for a Lojack for my cell phone. TekTrak is a mobile app that enables you to tag your phone, in essence, and keep tabs on it via its complementary website, tektrak.com. Download the app onto your phone, and you’re...Read More
I can’t believe my kids are old enough for me to say things like, “Well…we didn’t have that when my kid was a baby,” but a mere six years later and I’m already waxing nostalgia about how much different it was before all the advances in technology. Case in point–a baby monitoring system you can use right from your iPhone. No kidding. Forget about those clunky monitors with the constant static and long unruly cords. All you need for the evoz baby monitoring system to work are two iPhones or iPod Touches–and, well, a baby. Download the app for the...Read More
I know that there is no text or email worthy of taking my eyes off the road while driving, especially now that I’m carrying precious cargo in the back seat. But the urge is strong, oh so strong, to see what message has just popped up, and I’m such a good driver, there’s hardly any traffic, I’ll just grab my phone and take a quick peak, only for a second… Not cool, right? And now, totally unnecessary with a new free app on the scene. DriveSafe.ly reads your phone’s texts and emails out loud and you don’t have to take...Read More
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