Every parent has had that fear that something harmful might happen to their child. It seems that nowadays, every child has a smartphone so here are some useful apps that parents can use to help keep their child safe.
Sygic Family keeps your family safe by allowing you to check the real-time location and the battery levels of your family members’ smartphones. You can also track your children’s whereabouts, or have them check-in periodically to let you know where they are and if they have arrived at their destination safely. The app also has an in-built messaging system which lets you send messages for free over an Internet connection. You can also set Safe or Unsafe zones – a notification will be sent to you when they enter or leave these zones. There is also an SOS button available in this app, which lets you send out your exact location at the tap of the button. You never know when you might need it.
Life360 has pretty much the same things Sygic has: GPS locations of your family members via their smartphones, a panic button, and alerts when someone enters a preset zone (e.g. gets home). It also lets you check where they have been (location history), where to get help in an emergency (hospitals, police stations), and allows you to have group chats. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still use this with a mobile phone at $4.99 per month, for up to 5 mobile phones (only in the U.S.). A text message will be sent to them and once they consent to it, their location would be tracked and sent back to you. The app tries its best to not be a monitoring app but more of a communication tool to help bring families closer together and safer too.
MamaBear is another great app for keeping your children safe; the difference is, it also helps keep your child safe online. MamaBear has a feature to keep watch over your child’s Facebook feed. You will be alerted to any signs of bullying or use of crude language as well as when they check-in or get tagged on their friends’ photos. The team is working on doing the same for Twitter and Instagram profiles. Offline, you will receive alerts for when they leave a place, when they need to be picked up, when they are driving or riding past a certain speed limit, or when they explicitly need you in an SOS cry for help. This app will give you either peace of mind or great conversation starters on talking about speeding, truancy and how to stay safe at all times.
This is the odd one out, but some parents may require this level of monitoring for their children. With MobileKids you can receive alerts when your kids have been using their mobile phones in the middle of the night, when they add a new unrecognized contact, or when they download a new app. Parents will also get statistics about their children’s mobile usage, which they can use to set usage limits (premium account). There is still the much sought-after location feature, with a slight twist. The SOS button and Check-In feature is there but, more interestingly, the child can request for their parents to track their movement live via GPS tracking, something like remotely ‘walking’ them to their destination.
FBI’s Child ID App is designed by the FBI for parents to keep their children’s photos and important data, such as their height, weight, eye and hair color which can be emailed to the authorities at the tap of a button. The app also includes safety checklists and advice for parents to help keep their children safe.
I hope these apps bring you ease!