Technology, specifically mobile, continues to advance at an amazing rate. Can parents really keep up with all of these latest technological advances? The latest apps? As a software developer by trade, I am fully immersed in technology daily. For parents who are not, keeping up is an overwhelming task. Countless times I have witnessed parents handing a phone to a child for help. Shortly afterwards an expression of awe and frustration appears on the parent's face--as they reali
Over the past several months the questions we've been asked the most by parents are about Snapchat. Do you ever plan to monitor Snapchat? When will you support it? How will you be able to do it? It's understandable that parents are concerned about Snapchat. The allure of Snapchat, and one of the reasons it is popular with teens, is that messages disappear after they are opened. This makes the task of monitoring Snapchat all the more challenging. In addition, parents are more
The production and consumption of media has evolved with 21st century technology. As such the way we access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate information should follow suit. We are exposed to thousands of media messages every day, ranging from Tweets containing status updates to Instagram photos of dinner choices. Weeded between those are ads for products claiming to help you lose weight and blogs defaming individuals and organizations. We’ve all been taught to “read be
In the U.S., parents are frequently accused of being “helicopter” parents, paying obsessively close attention to their child’s experiences and problems, especially when it comes to academia. With kids getting access to new communication tech such as iPads and mobile phones, the notion of hovering has kicked up a notch as parents try to protect their kids by virtually “bubble wrapping” (Cadzow, 2004) them with surveillance (i.e., spying software).
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Are you interested in knowing if your child is using his or her mobile device inappropriately? If so, there are many parental monitoring apps to choose from with varying levels of control, ranging from disabling device features to borderline spyware. With so many options available, how do you choose the right one for your family? Before selecting a parental monitoring app ask yourself the following question: Which features should I look for when comparing parental monitori