Archive | March, 2013

MMGuardian: Texting and Driving is Now the No. 1 Killer of American Teens

30 Mar

By Paul Grossinger

Last week, AOL News announced research proving that distracted driving is now the Number One killer of American teens.

In case you missed it, check out the rest of the article at AOL autos. But what the article leaves out is that the largest component of distracted driving is no-longer driving while drunk – the historic lead killer – now it is texting while driving.

In fact, according to Pew Research, texting while driving increases teen crash risk by 23 times over the normal risk of a collision. Drunk driving’s increase is only half that, which makes texting and driving a shockingly risky activity for teens.

Worse, smartphones make the activity far more prevalent because they dramatically increase the number of texts teens send per day to well over 50 on average. And smartphone usage is rising, with the percentage of teens owning one up double-digits year-on-year since 2007.

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So, what gives for parents?

First, it goes back to communication and awareness. Teens are often not aware of the risk and parents need to have a frank discussion with their kids about the risk they are taking if they text behind the wheel – and the consequences of those risks.

But, communication isn’t everything – parents also need enforcement. For that, MMGuardian can help.

Parents using MMGuardian can set up text and drive prevention right on their teens’ phone; shutting off their child’s phone’s text function if they are behind the wheel of a moving car. And it’s free. 

So, try MMGuardian today. Don’t become a statistic.

MMGuardian: How Technology Disconnects Parents From Their Kids

30 Mar

‘Technology connects us.” It’s a common refrain, perhaps explored most famously in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat, and it is clearly true in many instances. Yet, while technology brings us closer, it also splits us apart in ways we often barely realize. Nowhere is this clearer than in relationships between parents and their kids.

If you have ever watched That 70s Show, you know how technology has completely altered parents’ reality. Back when, parents did not always know what their kids were doing, a fact hilariously parodied in the show, but they interacted with them on a consistent, connected basis. The kids were often at home, they spoke over the dinner table, they hung out in the basement…and the parents were largely aware of their kids and connected to their existence in a very real, personal way.

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TV shows display arch-types, not reality – but clearly the technology age has turned that on its head. Smartphones may bring us closer than we have ever been to our relatives on other continents – face to face on skype and ‘just a click away’ – but they have driven us equally far away from those who actually populate our daily lives. Now, parents and kids may be sitting in the same room and ‘interacting’ but entirely missing one another – the kid busy on his phone or Xbox, the parent pecking away at their laptop; both apparently unaware that this sham of an interaction is exactly representative of the problem technology is rapidly creating in our society.

The question now is: how do we fix it?

MMGuardian: Shutting Down Mobile Bullying

23 Mar

MMGuardian’s Tactics for Parents

By Paul Grossinger 

If any phrase defines mobile tech, it’s “24/7 Connectivity.” But, 24/7 is also responsible for serious new problems arising from tech, especially bullying.

While I’m quite sure that, all the way back in 5,000 B.C., kids bullied one another with rocks and sticks, I’m equally certain that mobile technology has completed changes bullying’s dynamics from anything we’ve seen in the past – for the worse. Simply put, kids get no rest.

And parents are beginning to ask the toughest question: how can I shut down the cyber-bullying that is hurting my child? Luckily, while difficult, there are solutions.

First, communicate. Only 25% of children nationally tell a parent they are being bullied. If you make yourself a safe resource for your child and show them that you care about their problems, will not blame them, and will commit to being part of the solution, you can earn a spot in that coveted 25%.

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Second, reinforce communication. For that, MMGuardian can help.

MMGuardian enables parents to set up alerts on their children’s phones, so, if their child receives bullying messages, they instantly become aware of it.

For example, if a parent wants to know if their child receives messages containing potentially bullying words like “gay,” the parent can set that word up for an alert using MMGuardian’s system. If that word appears in their child’s texts, the parent is notified and can take action.

Out there, mobile bullying is only getting worse. But in your own family, you can make a positive difference. And MMGuardian can help.

MMGuardian: Distracted Driving is Now the No. 1 Killer of American Teens

22 Mar

What Should Parents Do?

By Paul Grossinger

Distracted driving now kills more American teens than any other danger, according to AOL

What should parents do to stop it?

First, what exactly is “distracted driving?” It seems like an ambiguous, all-inclusive term for such an unambiguous killer. It includes any activity that impairs the drivers’ ability to operate a vehicle. Can you guess the No. 1 contributor to distraction?

If you said “Texting While Driving,” you are correct. Luckily for parents, technology has caughtup and there are great solutions to texting a driving. In parents’ case, where teens are minors and guardians own and pay for the phone, parents benefit from a lack of legal ambiguity and can take whatever action they deem necessary to safeguard their teens’ health.

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That includes installing text and drive prevention technology. For that, MMGuardian can help.

MMGuardian’s feature set includes advanced text and drive prevention. Once you download the app as a parent and register it, simply go to the settings page and turn the ‘Safe Driving’ protection “ON.” When Safe Driving is on, MMGuardian will track if the phone and your teen are in a moving vehicle and, if so, shut down the phones’ functionality so it cannot distract your child from the road.

It’s that simple. Happy Driving!

MMGuardian Tablet Security

22 Mar

The Solution to Control Your Teen’s Tablet

By Paul Grossinger

Tablets were the hottest selling mobile device in 2012.  Teens are buying them by the millions and parents are just beginning to adjust to the trend.

For parents of tablet-toting teens, there is a growing fear that, while tablets can be fun, useful devices that entertain teens and create opportunities for interactive learning, they may also create serious problems. Pre-teens and teens with tablets often use inappropriate and sexual applications without their parents’ knowledge, are distracted by the tablet during school and study hours, and download dozens of expensive paid apps.

In short, parents need a solution that gives them comprehensive control over their child’s tablet usage.

That solution has arrived.  It is called MMGuardian Tablet Security.

Launched this January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, MMGuardian Tablet Security is the first comprehensive tablet control application available to parents of teens with android tablets.

Even better, MMGuardian is available to Regarding Nannies readers for a special, 50% off promotional price of $4.99. Simply download MMGuardian Tablet Security from the Google Play Store then enter “MMGTAB” in the promotional code box during the in-app purchasing process to take advantage of this special discount.

What exactly does “comprehensive” mean in this case? MMGuardian is the only tablet parental control app to offer both applications monitoring and time limits on tablet usage.

MMGuardian Tablet Security: The Solution to Control Your Teen’s Tablet

MMGuardian Tablet Security: The Solution to Control Your Teen’s Tablet

With MMGuardian Premium, parents can do all of the following:

1)      Set Time Limits on Tablet Usage During Specified Times

2)      Block Their Child’s Access to the Tablet

3)      Monitor, Block, and Restrict Apps on Their Child’s Tablet

4)      Prevent Google Play Purchases

5)      Prevent Uninstallation or Tampering

Read More: http://regardingnannies.com/2013/02/mmguardian-tablet-security-the-solution-to-control-your-teens-tablet/#

MMGuardian Deal for Raising Teens

21 Mar

Track your teen’s whereabouts with this user-friendly app.

Seventy percent of parents of teens who use cell phones review their text messages, according to the Family Online Safety Institute. Now an app can help you do that.

MMGuardian Deal for Raising Teens

MMGuardian Deal for Raising Teens

MMGuardian lets you locate your child’s phone and track it at will; lock it any time, anywhere; set time restrictions; prevent your child from texting and driving (while preserving the battery); monitor alarming text messages without your child’s knowledge; control and restrict your child’s app use; and stay in constant touch with your child during emergencies. The only catch: Your child has to use an Android phone (though you can use any type of phone or tablet).

Read More: http://www.njfamily.com/NJ-Family/February-2013/MMGuardian-Deal-for-Raising-Teens/

Massive Living: Protect Your Kids With MMGuardian

21 Mar

Are you worried about what and to whom your child is texting? Are you concerned about having their personal information floating around in the technosphere? Want to make sure they are practicing safe driving habits and staying away from bad infliuences? MMGuardian is an Android application designed protect your kids. It gives you up-to-the-minute remote control over activity on your child’s phone or Android device.

What can MMGuardian do?

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Locate your child’s phone without them knowing using Scheduled Locate.

  • Receive text messages with the phone’s location and a clickable map link.
  • Retrieve messages using the SMS text command from the ‘admin’ phone or pre-configure schedules using the Scheduled Locate function.
  • Pre-configure up to four different time and locate schedules to track your child’s phone at regular intervals.

Lock your child’s phone at pre-configured times using Time Limits.

  • Set specific lock times to accommodate restricted activities such as sleep time, class time and weekday versus weekend use.
  • Define multiple schedules for when you want complete lock down of the phone.
  • To lock the phone, simply enter the start and end times and days of the week required for that specific time schedule.

Enable Safe Driving to protect your child while behind the wheel!

  • The phone will automatically lock when Safe Driving mode detects motion above 10 m.p.h.
  • Texts received when the phone is locked will get a pre-set configurable response.
  • Voice calls can still be made to emergency services while Safe Driving is enabled.
  • Children can also send an emergency text message to the admin phone, including an additional text message with the location of your child’s phone.

Read More: http://massiveliving.tv/home-lifestyle-apps-fitness/protect-your-kidsmmguardian/#