Step-by-Step Guide to helps parents with Back-to-School “Digital Flu” released to monitor children smartphone usage
TeenSafe, the first and leading independent smartphone control and monitoring service for parents, encourages families to have the 2017 #onlinesafety discussion as the new school year starts and to sign a smartphone contract.
Back to the classroom means the viral spreading of new apps, new tricks and new challenges for parents.
“TeenSafe Monitoring and Control software helps parents take the vitals of their kids’ smartphone activities,” says TeenSafe CEO Ralph Acosta. “Signing a smartphone contract like this one gets the whole family on the same page about digital safety and opens the discussion about protective monitoring.”
Back to school is an important time for parents to establish the ground rules for parental monitoring of smartphones and social media. Dr. Tracy Bennett PhD, TeenSafe Global Ambassador, mother and child psychologist agrees.
“With two of my three kids returning to school, revisiting our screen-use contract reminds us to revisit digital responsibility agreements,” says Dr. Bennett. “An ongoing dialogue about digital dangers, like “baiting,” where cyberbullies post explicit descriptions of online sex that never occurred to exploit victims, is important. Parents need to educate themselves about risks, like self-harm and the Blue Whale Challenge, to maintain their credibility. Ultimately our kids respect that we care enough to stay current.”
Parents can also prepare with this step-by-step guide to help keep strangers from accessing teens/tweens information by changing security and privacy settings on smartphones, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and browsers.
More than 1 million parents have turned to the site to effectively manage how the digital world impacts their children’s lives.Â The iPhone TeenSafe Control App found at the Apple App Store includes,
- Scheduling and pausing to remotely lock child’s iPhone except for making/receiving emergency calls
- Control of all apps, in-app purchasing
- Blocking camera functions
Parents wanting additional monitoring capabilities can separately purchase TeenSafe’s Monitor including,
- Texts, deleted texts
- Call logs, contacts
- Current smartphone location, history
- Browsing history