The Best Mobile Apps for Parents With Teenagers
Your cell phone service provider will be able to assist, should you have difficulty downloading apps to your smart phone including the iPhone, Droid, Galaxy and others.
Always Keep an Open Line of Communication With Your Teen
Communicating With Your Teenager or Tweenager
Above all, it is important to have as much open communication with your teenager. This is primarily the reason we purchase phones for them. However, we all have been teenagers before and know the kind of mischief they can get into. We all know how difficult they can be also. You must admit, it is difficult just being a teenager, with raging hormones and not knowing if you are an adult, still a child, or caught somewhere in the middle. Therefore, it is of great importance to have the tools to check on their activity from time to time or as often as you feel you need to.
In today's society, technological devices, open frequencies, and social networking can be extremely dangerous for your child in addition to the old fashioned television, radio and computer.
If you follow the quote from our late, great, former President, Ronald Reagan, parenting your teen should become a bit smoother if you, “Trust but verify."
Parental Control Centers for Top 3 Cell Phone Service Providers
- AT&T Smart Controls: AT&T Wireless Parental Controls
AT&T Smart Controls provides information and tools to manage content, spending, safety, time and your location for your wireless phone, computer and TV.
- Sprint Services - Account Controls
Sprint/Nextel Parental Controls
- Verizon Parental Controls Center
Verizon helps you manage and create the digital experience that's just right for your family with parental control tools like Family Locator, Usage Controls and Content Filters.
Popular Apps for Your Child's Smart Phone or iPhone
It is always wise to review and set up the parental controls, content filtering, and live family monitoring that your service carrier provides before you give a smart phone or iPhone to your child. There are, however, many apps you can download as well.
Text Guard is an app to download on your child's phone that allows you to monitor all incoming and outgoing calls, text messages, emails, and web browsing history simply by logging on to their website. Their website is: www.textguard.com
My Mobile Watchdog is another app to download on your child's phone that not only allows you to monitor your child's phone activity, but also sends alerts to you when you set up an account with them. It also tracks the phone via GPS and monitors pictures as well as texts. Their website is: www.mymobilewatchdog.com
Mobile Spy will secretly record SMS text messages, GPS locations, and all call activity. It monitors pictures as well. To get Mobile Spy, you need to download the app to your child's phone and set up an online account. Their website is: www.mobilspy.com
I Wonder Surf is another great monitoring app for you to download to your child's phone . This app allows you to monitor and block inappropriate websites your child has been surfing for. Their website is: www.iwondersurf.com
Safley Social Monitor
Always Keep Your Children Safe
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Helpful Apps for the Parent's Smart Phone or iPhone
Some additional apps you can download on your phone can be quite helpful as well. It is very convenient to have apps that will help with your child's homework, first aid resources, games for passing time, and books for your enjoyment or assigned reading for your child. There are many apps, and they are easy to find. Here are just a few recommendations.
Offender Search is an app for safety that will let you know exactly who is in your neighborhood. It is suggested you pull up the photos and show them to your children. You can download this app to your phone as well as your child's.
Grocery Pal will help you find the best prices at the best stores. We all know how expensive it is to feed a family.
Homework apps include:
Homeworkr and Homework Planner are also provided by Apple, and are used for organizing your homework assignments and schedule.
Maps and Dictionary are apps that are always great tools to have when you need them.
First Aid apps include:
Pocket First Aid & CPR from the American Heart Association could prove to be a life saving tool if you have it downloaded on your phone .
First Aid, for Android users is free! Everyone who can download this app should do so.
Pocket First Aid is yet another great app for a parent to have on their phone.
Apps for games and books include:
Kindle by Amazon will prove to be useful for homework and for fun.
1000+ free ebooks is a great app to have. Especially because it’s free!
101 in 1 Games, Crossword, Mahjong, and Scrabble Free are lots of fun. Download these apps to pass the time while travelling or waiting for an appointment. Children of all ages can enjoy many of these games.
I certainly hope this was a helpful read, and pray your children are always safe.
"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen
God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan