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It's 10 P.M. Do You Know What Apps Your Children Are Using?
New York Times- September 2017
This article shares some information about the newer apps teens are using but definitely shouldn't be.
Not Just SnapChat: 6 More Dangerous Apps Parents Need to Know About
For Every Mom - 2018
Learn more about some of dangerous, popular, and super risky apps many kids are using.
A Parent's Guide to Sexting Emojis
Savy Cyber Kids - February 2018
If you've ever wondered what your kids are really saying with all those emojis, this chart is for you.
OMG MOM: The Tech Rules Kids Wish Their Parents Would Follow
LiveScience March 2016
We Need to Talk About Kids and Smartphones
Time Magazine October 2017
Explore the correlation between cell phone use and teen mental health issues
Parents Spend as Much TIme on Screens as Teenagers
Time Magazine December 2016
Circle Home and Circle Go: This monitoring and restriction tool comes hightly recommended because of how easy it is to use. Circle Home is s physical device that connects to a home wifi and allows for monitoring and restrictions. Circle Go is a newer feature allows for cell phones to be monitored when using data. Use Circle to filter, limit, and track device use. (The Circle device is $99, the Circle Home app is free, and the Circle Go service is $4.99/month for up to 10 devices).
Pocket Guardian: Pocket Guardian sends parent an alert when sexting, bullying, or explicit images are detected on your child's device. However, parents aren't able to view the content or see who the messages came from. Instead, the alert can prompt a conversation, and the app offers resources to help ($9.99–$12.99/month).
Qustodio With so many features, this is a popular cell phone monitoring tool for parents. It creates detailed reports on everything from usage to location tracking . Qustodio allows for parents to set specific controls to restrict access to specifc sites, apps, etc. (Starts at 54.95 a year for up to 5 devices)
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Article: The Best Cell Phone Parental Control Software of 2018
Common Sense Media: Apps to Help Keep Track of What Your Kids Are Doing Online