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MMGuardian and the Battle Against Cyber-Bullying

28 Jun
By Paul Grossinger

Half of all children experience cyber-bullying.

According to a study by the Prague Monitor, half of all school-aged kids will experience cyber-bullying in at least one of its many forms during their formative years.

So, globally, at least half a billion children experience cyber-bullying through their computer, mobile device, or, most prominently now, their smartphone.

The rising issue of mobile cyber-bullying is becoming a huge issue here in the US as well. 90% of US kids either see or experience cyber-bullying, according to ThinkProgress.org, which adds up to nearly 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims in American schools.

What can be done to stop this rising tide in its tracks?

Encouragingly, parents, educators, and technologists are all taking action to attack the rise in cyberbullying. Parents of teens who have committed suicide are travelling across the country, encouraging kids to stop bullying their peers. Educators and filmmakers like K.R. Shields are working together to promote anti-bullying films like Love is All You Need, which is meant to show kids the real consequences of bullying.

And technologists like ourselves at Pervasive Group are working on MMGuardian. MMGuardian’s Monitor, Call Block, and App Block features now work symbiotically to prevent bullying: Monitor allows parents to flag words and phrases of concern in text messages, Call Block enables parents to shut off certain bullying contacts’ access to their kids, and app blocker enables parents to shut off bullying via third-party apps like Oovoo and Facebook Messenger.

Cyber-bullying is a growing problem – but we can all be part of the solution.

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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 Can Help New Public-Private Partnerships to Fight Texting While Driving

22 Apr
By Paul Grossinger

In a sign that governments and private individuals are beginning to recognize the threat posed by texting while driving, public-private partnerships are beginning to form to directly combat the threat.

This week, Ford and the Orlando Sentinel announced a partnership to provide teens in the Orlando area with new information to change attitudes on texting and driving. The new information will explain the deadly dangers of the practice and seek to reduce teen texting while driving over time.

The Ford effort comes on the heels of progress on new state legislation in Florida to ban texting and driving, a crucial step forward that may come to full fruition this year.

We are excited to announce that MMGuardian can help.

MMGuardian enables parents to directly prevent their teens from texting while driving. When enables, MMGuardian’s “Safe Driving” function turns off texting capability on the teens’ phone when they are in a moving vehicle, unless the parent has set a manual override to indicate the teen is not driving.

MMGuardian provides parents with the active control they need to balance the outreach and informational programs and state legislation coming into play. New information and state laws will help but they need to work in conjunction with an enforcement tool like MMGuardian to be as effective as possible.

MMGuardian and the Lone Star State

16 Apr

Addressing the Texting and Driving Epidemic

By Paul Grossinger

Texas’ legislature is now considering a ban on texting and driving. It’s time the Lone Star state, where more individuals drive more hours than any other in the nation, confront the growing epidemic.

The Lone Star state’s response comes at a time when unchecked texting and driving is on the rise. Research from AT&T indicates 49% of adult drivers text while driving and 33% of teens do the same. Indeed, AOL reported last month that distracted driving is the No. 1 killer of teens in America.

When the Lone Star state does take action, MMGuardian can help.

Once texting while driving becomes illegal, parents will want to make sure their teens do not violate the law and put their safety at serious risk. MMGuardian Parental Control’s Safe Driving feature enables parents to prevent their teens from sending any texts from behind the wheel. When the feature is enabled, MMGuardian detects if the child’s phone is in a moving car and, if they are, shuts off the device’s texting capability. Parents can also set up override times if they know their teen will be in a car that they are not actually driving and manually override the feature from their own phone if their teen sends them an alert.

The law is changing. How will you protect your teens?

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.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

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: Beyond Web Browsing

3 Apr

MMGuardian and the Changing Dynamics of Parental Control

By Paul Grossinger

Ten years ago, parents worried about their teens’ exposure to one technology: the internet.

The web was considered a funnel to a secret, frightening, open world of porn, chat rooms, and forbidden content in which children should have no place and parents had no access.

It still is – but now parents have so much more to be worried about than just web browsing

In fact, web browsing is the most “solved” arena of parental control.  Antivirus programs for computers like Norton and McAfee offer parental control services for web and several operating systems have parental controls built in pre-installed for parents’ use.  Smartphones, the new frontier of web browsing, even have rudimentary web controls built in and applications to regulate kids’ web use have been available for years.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

So, parents have to move beyond web browsing and into the tougher realm of active phone controls.

For 2013 parents, it’s who kids are calling, texting, and chatting with that is worrisome.  It is where – and how often – they use their phones that is of growing concern.  And it is those problems that must be solved now, with access controls.

MMGuardian can help.

MMGuardian is new parental control – parental control for the mobile age. MMGuardian’s feature set focuses on direct phone controls, particularly instant lock and location and pre-scheduling, monitoring for calls, texts, and apps, and safe driving technology.

Parenting has to move beyond web browsers.  Learn how MMGuardian can help you do just that.