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Comparing MMGuardian with Android’s New Kid Mode

5 Aug

Kid Mode, more technically called “Restricted Profiles,” is Android’s first attempt to create a real, native way for parents to control the content on their kids’ phones.  While the idea is laudable, as Techcrunch highlighted, the implementation needs work because Kids Mode still does not provide parents with the comprehensive feature set they need to effectively keep kids safe.

Kid Mode centers primarily on Application Control.  It allows parents to essentially whitelist the apps they want their child to be able to access.  Moreover, it allows parents to get granular within each app – enabling or disabling the app’s permissions to alter its available feature set.

But, Kid Mode is an “opt-in” option for developers – and a virtually unknown Android option for parents.  So how many developers, at this early stage, will voluntarily allow their apps to be blocked from a huge population segment of devices?  That is simply unknown at this point.

More importantly, while App Control is a very important feature, Android’s attempt is not “parental control” in the needed, comprehensive sense: – it is more of a one trick pony.  App control is just one problem parents have with their kids’ use of devices: other issues include overuse, which is solved by instant and scheduled lock, unsavory contacts and texts, which is prevented by call and contact blocking and text monitoring, and texting while driving.  MMGuardian solves each of these problems in turn, creating a much more complete solution for parents.

In the future, Android will need to get in front of this issue to even come close to the capability that third-party apps already provide parents today.  Whitelisting and blacklisting – of both contacts and apps – is just the beginning.  The future lies in true device management: setting lock and location schedules well in advance and enabling continuous safe driving and bullying protections.

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May 24th, 2013, Las Vegas, NV: MMGuardian™ Wins Prestigious CTIA Show Emerging Technology Award for Best Mobile Productivity and Public Safety Application of 2013

24 May

Pervasive Group Inc. is excited to announce that MMGuardian Parental Control the CTIA 2013 Emerging Technology Award for best Mobile application in Productivity, Utility, and Public Safety.

Out of several hundred applicants, fifteen semi-finalists, and five finalists, including new products from large multinationals like Dell, Motorola, and NQ Mobile, MMGuardian was selected as the winner by CTIA Wireless’ judges; a panel of one hundred carefully selected wireless industry experts.  MMGuardian is an android smartphone application that enables parents to comprehensively manage their child’s smartphone use, preventing teens from engaging in dangerous mobile activities including texting while driving, cyber-bullying, dangerous app use, distraction in school, and sexting.

“We are very pleased to win this prestigious award and to have been recognized by CTIA and respected industry experts for our technology leadership in the exciting and rapidly growing mobile parental control space.  We will continue to rapidly innovate and build the best possible product, which parents deserve to have to protect their children from the tremendous risks associated with un-controlled use of smartphones and tablets,” said Pervasive Group CEO James Zhou.

MMGuardian contains built-in technology and intellectual property critical to building leadership in the growing mobile control space.  In particular, MMGuardian’s product contains built-in intellectual property claims surrounding incoming calls, silent mode, auto-replies, app accessibility, pre-defined call lists, information exchange between phones, and warning alerts, is significantly more battery efficient than competitor offerings – capable of running in the background for up to two days without depleting the child’s phone battery – and contains an uninstallation and tampering prevention engine built in to prevent children from altering the product post-installation.

This intellectual property and technology leadership has placed Pervasive Group and MMGuardian Parental Control at the forefront of the rapidly growing mobile parenting market.  By 2016, according to Pew Research, 95% of teens aged 12 and above in the United States and Europe will use smartphones, representing an international market of over 200 million parents and an annual opportunity exceeding $5 billion.

The Emerging Technology award is the culmination in a series of exciting recognition for MMGuardian Parental Control.  In January, MMGuardian launched commercially and was recognized at International CES as a Showstoppers Launch.it Finalist.  Between October and November, MMGuardian has also won awards from Ultra-Light Startups New York City, the New Jersey Entrepreneurship Network, and the New Jersey Venture Conference.

“We will continue to build on our intellectual property leadership in this space, providing parents a comprehensive parental control solution and earning leadership in this multi-billion dollar market,” Zhou said.

For more information on Pervasive Group and MMGuardian, contact paul.grossinger@mmguardian.com.

 

New Release of MMGuardian Includes Exciting New Features

8 May

Pervasive Group is excited to announce the new release of MMGuardian, version 1.3x, which includes several very important, exciting new features for parents.

In particular, parents now have new options for when the lock their child’s device with MMGuardian.  Specifically, parents may choose:

1. Whether or not to terminate an ongoing call when the lock is activated.

2. Whether or not to put phone into silent mode when the device is locked.

3. Whether or not to send an auto reply when the device is locked

4. Whether or not to allow certain apps to be accessible when the phone is locked.

5. Whether or not to allow child to call or text a pre-defined list (by the admin) of contacts

6. Whether or not to send location information in case of emergency.

6. The ability to detect user tampering when phone is locked, present a warning and alert the parent, and then lock down the phone to a minimum access level

Please try out these exciting new features when locking your child’s phone and we hope you enjoy using MMGuardian.

MMGuardian Asks: Which Parental Control Do You Need?

4 Apr

By Paul Grossinger

You are unique. Your child is unique. Your relationship with your child is unique. So, logically, your parental control will have to be unique.

In an increasingly customizable mobile world, kids are using smartphones in diverse ways that are particular to them. Each parent faces a particular set of challenges that require a different set of fixes than anyone else.

Do you have a 17-year old who texts and drives?

Or do you have a 13-year old who uses Snapchat?

Or a 10 year old who faces mobile bullying?

The challenges are diverse and the more than one fix will be needed.

Luckily, MMGuardian can help.

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MMGuardian’s solution provides a strong fix to each of these concerns – so you can pick and choose what you need for your child.

MMGuardian’s solution for android phones includes the most comprehensive solution set available, including the ability to control when their phone is locked or unlocked, locate your child at any time, set time limits and preschedule locations or lock times, monitor texts, calls, and applications for bullying or inappropriate behavior, and safe driving technology.

So, if you have a 17-year old who texts and drives, a 13-year old who uses Snapchat, and a 10 year old suffering bullying, those are different specific fixes but MMGuardian is the one, single solution to all of them.

So, try MMGuardian today. Your concerns are unique – and we can help.

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/#