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The Best Mobile Apps for Parents With Teenagers

Updated on August 12, 2013

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.

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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."

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

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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:

iHomework from Apple iTunes allows you to organize the assignments for the school year. You can also sync it with an iPad or Mac.

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

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      celianiz 3 years ago

      Igual hace a 16 going to 17 and he got an app to check if some one it's checking on him like if someone download any app on his Cell and I don't want him to know I'm checking on him what app it's best For me and he won't notice I'm checking on him please help his getting out Of my hands

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      Jelly Suky 3 years ago from Hong Kong

      It's essential for parents to keep track of kids' activities on the cell phones. iKeyMonitor for Android now provides free edition, features are limited, but really woking! http://download.cnet.com/iKeyMonitor-Android-Spy-F...

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      Avinesh Prahladi 4 years ago from Chandigarh

      I am glad that I stopped by to read this hub, it was quite informative and it can prove helpful to all the parents out here.

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you for sharing this valuable information, Anne!

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      Anne 4 years ago

      I think www.AlertID.com is by far the best app I've found for my family. They're nationwide now and they provide free crime, sex offender, severe weather, earthquake and other public safety alerts. The crime alerts I receive for my neighborhood are directly from my law enforcement agency and it allows us to talk to neighbors in my area. We even used it to find our missing dog last year by posting his photo in the neighborhood where he went missing. It's at least one way we keep our families and communities safe.

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Why, thank you so very much, khmohsin! I appreciate your kind words, and I'm glad you enjoyed the hub!

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      khmohsin 4 years ago

      All suggestions are really very interesting, helpful and useful. I like the way in which you start your hub. I would like to say one more thing about this hub and that is Great hub with Good work.

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, vibesites! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub.

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      Very informative app for the whole family and their security. I'm not yet a parent, but I will tell them to my friends with families. I may use a few apps like the Grocery Pal. Voted up, useful and a following

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you so much, Samith Jhon!

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      Samith Jhon 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Great Hub really informative and interesting going to share it on my all social profiles nice work keep it up. :)

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks for your input, ryan! I'm glad you commented!

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      ryan 4 years ago

      Great info!! I personally like Phone Sheriff. Does just about everything.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, Nicole! I'm glad you found the hub useful. Thanks for your comment!

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      Nicole Garder 5 years ago

      I never knew there was an app to monitor your childs texts! Great writing.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you ~ I don't know if they even had all this when my kids were growing up.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you TF! Technology isn't always my strong suit.

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      poowool5 5 years ago from here in my house

      Wow, I SHOULD know all this by now (my oldest is 18...oops too late now!), but I knew none of it!

      Really good info, allie, and clearly laid out and explained. Thanks for a terrific hub! VOted up and useful

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      Rhys Baker 5 years ago from Peterborough, UK

      Very Useful! When bump turns into technophile I know who to turn to :) Voted Up and Useful

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, ladies. I appreciate your comments.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Amazing! Very informative and great pictures!

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      Roxanne Lewis 5 years ago from Washington

      I didn't know those apps existed but I'm sure glad they do! Thank you for walking me through it so clearly. I have one teen at home and two more who will be teen's before I know it. This is very useful! Voted up

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thanks so much, leros003! By all means, go ahead and share it!

      ...and thank you for commenting.

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      leros003 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very informative! I love iPhone Apps! Although I'm not a parent, I have many friends that would love this read!

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, Allie! These days you can never be too cautious. I just hope this helps someone.

      I appreciate your comment!

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      alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

      Useful apps for parents of teenagers. I like the 'Trust but verify' quote