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5 Apps To Keep Your Child Safe

2014-04-08 17:15:16 +0530

'Kids and gadgets' is a hotly debated topic for most parents. If you're the tech-friendly kind, here are 5 apps that will help you in the task of keeping your child safe

Parenting at each phase throws up new challenges. After having successfully completed a decade of being mommy to a kid, I am all geared up for the next decade. I believe I will require an all-new skill set. I used to be a mom, but I can see that going forward, I'm going to be expected to transmogrify into a friend, confidante, shrink, fashion guinea pig, beauty advisor, health hound and…ermm…spy. Yes, spy too. Fortunately, I already have some experience in that area. We've always been a very gadget-friendly family. And since my kids have grown up with phones and tabs around them, I've used technology to ensure their safety.

Here are the apps I've used and will use even more, in the next phase of my life: 

Life 360 is an app that allows parents to know where their children are at all times. It has a mapping program with GPS that enables you to locate your children on a private map. You can add as many family members on this GPS system you want tracked. It also gives important information on local police stations, hospitals, emergency services etc.The app also has a panic button, which when hit, sends an emergency alert to parents along with the location of the child. 
Available on: Google Play Store, BlackBerry and iOS
Cost: Core services are free. Premium services cost $5/month

One Touch Emergency Response is a Delhi-based service that gives you and your loved ones access to a team of First Responders that are by your side in minutes, each time an emergency strikes and you alert the alarm on your phone. First responders are trained personnel who can come to your rescue in an emergency of any sort in Delhi NCR such as accident, security hazard, serious medical emergency etc. The team will reach the location of the phone from which the alert is sent.
Available on: Google Play Store, BlackBerry and iOS
Cost: Rs 250/month + taxes

MamaBear is one of my favourite apps. In addition to mapping your child's whereabouts, it tackles the issue of Internet security and speeding. Mama Bear allows you to set alerts on Facebook and Instagram for inappropriate messages or words being used, lets you define restricted areas such as liquor stores and notifies you if your kid is driving above the speed prescribed by you. I think I will be using this feature a lot, since my daughter wanted a car for her 9th birthday! From helping you keep tabs on your pre-teen's location to letting you know if they're speeding with their new driver's license, this app covers the whole gamut! 
Available on: Google Play Store and iOS
Cost: Free

Net Nanny works as an Internet filter that lets parents monitor the content that their kids are viewing or downloading on their phones and tablets. Another Net Nanny service that I fully intend to use is Net Nanny Social, that lets parents monitor their kids' friends, pictures, and posts on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Available on: Google Play Store, iOS, Mac and Windows. 
Cost: Different packages are available to protect 1, 3, 10 or 15 computers or devices depending on the operating system. The cheapest is Net Nanny for Android that protects 1 device for $12.99/year and 15 PCs or devices for $99.99/year. 

Gungroo is a safe destination for kids that provides games, art and craft, learning, contests, access to Gmail, Facebook and YouTube, all made safe via parental controls and sourcing. Thus you can ensure they are not exposed to unwanted content on the internet through social media. 
Available on: Facebook
Cost: Free

If you're wary of letting your kids carry a phone on their person, there are devices that can be put in their backpack to keep track of where they are. Some have panic buttons in case they get into trouble and need help. Example:

Amber Alert GPS: This device allows you to track where your child has been and is in real time. It sends you emails and texts. You can also define a 'Safe Zone'. If they move out of the zone,the device sends you an alert. 
Cost: $125

Securuse Zoom is a small device that can be placed almost anywhere: in a backpack, on a bike, in a car, on your laptop bag, etc. You can keep track of kids and teens. You can even use the app to see how fast the vehicle is going. There is a button for your child to send you an alert in case of an emergency.
Cost: $99.99

The only flipside to these apps is that if the app is deleted or the child turns off their GPS, we lose these services.I intend to set a very strict parental guideline for my daughter on this front because I honestly believe that it is better to be safe (and a spy) than sorry!




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5 Apps To Keep Your Child Safe

2014-04-08 17:15:16 +0530

'Kids and gadgets' is a hotly debated topic for most parents. If you're the tech-friendly kind, here are 5 apps that will help you in the task of keeping your child safe

Parenting at each phase throws up new challenges. After having successfully completed a decade of being mommy to a kid, I am all geared up for the next decade. I believe I will require an all-new skill set. I used to be a mom, but I can see that going forward, I'm going to be expected to transmogrify into a friend, confidante, shrink, fashion guinea pig, beauty advisor, health hound and…ermm…spy. Yes, spy too. Fortunately, I already have some experience in that area. We've always been a very gadget-friendly family. And since my kids have grown up with phones and tabs around them, I've used technology to ensure their safety.

Here are the apps I've used and will use even more, in the next phase of my life: 

Life 360 is an app that allows parents to know where their children are at all times. It has a mapping program with GPS that enables you to locate your children on a private map. You can add as many family members on this GPS system you want tracked. It also gives important information on local police stations, hospitals, emergency services etc.The app also has a panic button, which when hit, sends an emergency alert to parents along with the location of the child. 
Available on: Google Play Store, BlackBerry and iOS
Cost: Core services are free. Premium services cost $5/month

One Touch Emergency Response is a Delhi-based service that gives you and your loved ones access to a team of First Responders that are by your side in minutes, each time an emergency strikes and you alert the alarm on your phone. First responders are trained personnel who can come to your rescue in an emergency of any sort in Delhi NCR such as accident, security hazard, serious medical emergency etc. The team will reach the location of the phone from which the alert is sent.
Available on: Google Play Store, BlackBerry and iOS
Cost: Rs 250/month + taxes

MamaBear is one of my favourite apps. In addition to mapping your child's whereabouts, it tackles the issue of Internet security and speeding. Mama Bear allows you to set alerts on Facebook and Instagram for inappropriate messages or words being used, lets you define restricted areas such as liquor stores and notifies you if your kid is driving above the speed prescribed by you. I think I will be using this feature a lot, since my daughter wanted a car for her 9th birthday! From helping you keep tabs on your pre-teen's location to letting you know if they're speeding with their new driver's license, this app covers the whole gamut! 
Available on: Google Play Store and iOS
Cost: Free

Net Nanny works as an Internet filter that lets parents monitor the content that their kids are viewing or downloading on their phones and tablets. Another Net Nanny service that I fully intend to use is Net Nanny Social, that lets parents monitor their kids' friends, pictures, and posts on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Available on: Google Play Store, iOS, Mac and Windows. 
Cost: Different packages are available to protect 1, 3, 10 or 15 computers or devices depending on the operating system. The cheapest is Net Nanny for Android that protects 1 device for $12.99/year and 15 PCs or devices for $99.99/year. 

Gungroo is a safe destination for kids that provides games, art and craft, learning, contests, access to Gmail, Facebook and YouTube, all made safe via parental controls and sourcing. Thus you can ensure they are not exposed to unwanted content on the internet through social media. 
Available on: Facebook
Cost: Free

If you're wary of letting your kids carry a phone on their person, there are devices that can be put in their backpack to keep track of where they are. Some have panic buttons in case they get into trouble and need help. Example:

Amber Alert GPS: This device allows you to track where your child has been and is in real time. It sends you emails and texts. You can also define a 'Safe Zone'. If they move out of the zone,the device sends you an alert. 
Cost: $125

Securuse Zoom is a small device that can be placed almost anywhere: in a backpack, on a bike, in a car, on your laptop bag, etc. You can keep track of kids and teens. You can even use the app to see how fast the vehicle is going. There is a button for your child to send you an alert in case of an emergency.
Cost: $99.99

The only flipside to these apps is that if the app is deleted or the child turns off their GPS, we lose these services.I intend to set a very strict parental guideline for my daughter on this front because I honestly believe that it is better to be safe (and a spy) than sorry!


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5 Apps To Keep Your Child Safe

2014-04-08 17:15:16 +0530

'Kids and gadgets' is a hotly debated topic for most parents. If you're the tech-friendly kind, here are 5 apps that will help you in the task of keeping your child safe

Parenting at each phase throws up new challenges. After having successfully completed a decade of being mommy to a kid, I am all geared up for the next decade. I believe I will require an all-new skill set. I used to be a mom, but I can see that going forward, I'm going to be expected to transmogrify into a friend, confidante, shrink, fashion guinea pig, beauty advisor, health hound and…ermm…spy. Yes, spy too. Fortunately, I already have some experience in that area. We've always been a very gadget-friendly family. And since my kids have grown up with phones and tabs around them, I've used technology to ensure their safety.

Here are the apps I've used and will use even more, in the next phase of my life: 

Life 360 is an app that allows parents to know where their children are at all times. It has a mapping program with GPS that enables you to locate your children on a private map. You can add as many family members on this GPS system you want tracked. It also gives important information on local police stations, hospitals, emergency services etc.The app also has a panic button, which when hit, sends an emergency alert to parents along with the location of the child. 
Available on: Google Play Store, BlackBerry and iOS
Cost: Core services are free. Premium services cost $5/month

One Touch Emergency Response is a Delhi-based service that gives you and your loved ones access to a team of First Responders that are by your side in minutes, each time an emergency strikes and you alert the alarm on your phone. First responders are trained personnel who can come to your rescue in an emergency of any sort in Delhi NCR such as accident, security hazard, serious medical emergency etc. The team will reach the location of the phone from which the alert is sent.
Available on: Google Play Store, BlackBerry and iOS
Cost: Rs 250/month + taxes

MamaBear is one of my favourite apps. In addition to mapping your child's whereabouts, it tackles the issue of Internet security and speeding. Mama Bear allows you to set alerts on Facebook and Instagram for inappropriate messages or words being used, lets you define restricted areas such as liquor stores and notifies you if your kid is driving above the speed prescribed by you. I think I will be using this feature a lot, since my daughter wanted a car for her 9th birthday! From helping you keep tabs on your pre-teen's location to letting you know if they're speeding with their new driver's license, this app covers the whole gamut! 
Available on: Google Play Store and iOS
Cost: Free

Net Nanny works as an Internet filter that lets parents monitor the content that their kids are viewing or downloading on their phones and tablets. Another Net Nanny service that I fully intend to use is Net Nanny Social, that lets parents monitor their kids' friends, pictures, and posts on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ and LinkedIn.
Available on: Google Play Store, iOS, Mac and Windows. 
Cost: Different packages are available to protect 1, 3, 10 or 15 computers or devices depending on the operating system. The cheapest is Net Nanny for Android that protects 1 device for $12.99/year and 15 PCs or devices for $99.99/year. 

Gungroo is a safe destination for kids that provides games, art and craft, learning, contests, access to Gmail, Facebook and YouTube, all made safe via parental controls and sourcing. Thus you can ensure they are not exposed to unwanted content on the internet through social media. 
Available on: Facebook
Cost: Free

If you're wary of letting your kids carry a phone on their person, there are devices that can be put in their backpack to keep track of where they are. Some have panic buttons in case they get into trouble and need help. Example:

Amber Alert GPS: This device allows you to track where your child has been and is in real time. It sends you emails and texts. You can also define a 'Safe Zone'. If they move out of the zone,the device sends you an alert. 
Cost: $125

Securuse Zoom is a small device that can be placed almost anywhere: in a backpack, on a bike, in a car, on your laptop bag, etc. You can keep track of kids and teens. You can even use the app to see how fast the vehicle is going. There is a button for your child to send you an alert in case of an emergency.
Cost: $99.99

The only flipside to these apps is that if the app is deleted or the child turns off their GPS, we lose these services.I intend to set a very strict parental guideline for my daughter on this front because I honestly believe that it is better to be safe (and a spy) than sorry!