Tag Archives: Application

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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MMGuardian: Florida House Bans Texting and Driving

9 Apr

 Florida House Bans Texting and Driving: MMGuardian Can Help

By Paul Grossinger

Four days ago, the Florida House of Representatives committee cleared a bill to ban texting and driving and making it a secondary offense.

This makes Florida the newest state to join a nationwide movement in the right direction to end texting and driving on America’s roads.

The new bill does not make it a primary offense, meaning drivers also have to be doing something else wrong to be pulled over, but the additional penalties should serve as a deterrent to many would-be offenders.

So, as a parent, how do you make sure your teen is obeying the law?

MMGuardian can help.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

Install MMGuardian on your teens’ phone and turn the “Safe Driving” feature on when you register the MMGuardian application. With Safe Driving enabled, MMGuardian will disable your teens’ texting application when they are in a vehicle moving over 10mph and notify you if they are speeding.

Safe Driving

Safe Driving

MMGuardian also has an input for override times, so if you know your child will be in a car but not driving at a pre-scheduled time you can ensure the Safe Driving feature will not activate, and a manual override in case you don’t know they are not driving ahead of time.

Stay safe on the road. And let MMGuardian help your teens stay safe too.

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: Facebook Messenger: MMGuardian Solves a New Hair-Raiser for Parents

3 Mar

Facebook Messenger: MMGuardian Solves a New Hair-Raiser for Parents

By Paul Grossinger 

If Snapchat is every parent’s nightmare, Facebook Messenger is the hair-raiser that keeps them on edge from the moment they wake up in the morning.

Facebook’s new, stand-alone messenger app lets kids send text messages, photos, and engage in long discussions without any of it appearing in their text history.

It may be nice for parent’s phone bills – but not when it enables rampant bullying, harassment, and sexual exploitation – and parents feel powerless to prevent it.

Most parents’ current tactics for managing their children’s smartphones don’t work against Facebook Messenger. Reading their text messages? No, because Facebook Messenger is a separate app, not a text message. Checking their phone every night? No, because the evidence is gone – forever.

So, how can parents prevent Facebook Messenger from potentially damaging their child’s future through mobile bullying, harassment, or sexting? Parents, particularly those of younger children and pre-teens, who often suffer most from Facebook bullying, need a new solution.

For Android smartphone users, MMGuardian can help

MMGuardian has a feature named App Control that can block Facebook Messenger. When MMGuardian is installed on their child’s phone, a parent can see the entire list of apps on their child’s smartphone. For each app, parents have the option to either “Block” the app, preventing their child from using the app entirely, or “Time Restrict” the app if it is not unsafe but is used too often or at the wrong times.

MMGuardian Application Control

MMGuardian Application Control

 

For Facebook Messenger, parents may simply select “Block” and Facebook Messenger will no-longer be usable on their child’s phone. Plus, parents can also block any other third party messaging apps they find on their child’s phone, preventing them from switching to a similar, lesser known app. As a bonus, MMGuardian has uninstallation protection and tamper prevention, which stops kids from disabling its settings, so once a parent blocks Facebook Messenger, they know it is blocked forever.

So, if Facebook Messenger is giving you nightmares, download MMGuardian for peace of mind today.

MMGuardian Application Control Video

25 Feb

MMGuardian™ The App for Protecting Children’s Mobile Safety

10 Feb

tabletYou can’t just manage the kids in person anymore; now you have to keep watch on their smartphones too!  Luckily, there is now a solution available: MMGuardian™.

Millions of pre-teens and teens now own smartphones and tablets, a number sure to go up after the holidays, and the dangers posed by these devices are only growing.  Texting and driving, communicating with strangers, unfiltered calls, sex apps, and other problems are enough to tear your hair out.

But now, MMGuardian software is available to help you monitor and control their smartphones and tablets.  There are two products you should know about – one free and the other available to Regarding Nannies readers for 50% off!

First, MMGuardian Tablet Security, a new product launching January 7th, helps you keep a child’s tablet clean and safe.  It will be available to Regarding Nannies users for a 14-day free trial and for an additional 50% off if you use the promo code “Tab12” – for only $4.99 one-time, total purchase price.

With MMGuardian Tablet Security, you can:

1) Set Time Limits on tablet usage: Parents can limit tablet use during certain times of day, including school and sleep time, to retain control of device usage.

2) Monitor and control applications: Parents know what applications are on their child’s tablet, when new applications are installed, and are empowered to take action to keep their child’s tablet clean and safe.

3) Block app purchases: MMGuardian can disable the app store, either completely or at scheduled times, preventing your teen from downloading unwanted applications and driving up your bill.

4) Prevent Uninstallation: MMGuardian contains tamper and uninstallation prevention software, so only the parent can decide when to remove the application.

MMGuardian smartphone

Second, MMGuardian Parental Control, a free product for android smartphones that is available on the Google Play store, enables you to monitor and control a child’s smartphone – right from your own phone.

With MMGuardian Parental Control, you can:

1)      Lock, Locate, and Track their phone

2)      Prevent Texting and Driving

3)      Monitor text messages for sexual references or bullying

4)      Set time limits on the phone’s use

5)      Find and delete dangerous apps

6)      Block app purchases

7)      Prevent uninstallation

So, smartphones are here to stay and, as children keep getting them at younger ages, they will pose an ever greater problem. But now, you have a solution: MMGuardian.

Read More: http://regardingnannies.com/2013/01/smartphone-tablet-app/ 

Mobile app industry growing in North Jersey

10 Feb

Paul Grossinger, vice president of strategy of Clifton-based Pervasive Group Inc., which also completed TechLaunch, plans to convert his company’s child-monitoring Android app for parents — MMGuardian — to a subscription model around $2.99 a month.

“Building awareness is definitely something we’re working on,” Grossinger said.

Grossinger said the company made connections with investors and advisers in New Jersey that may not have been possible in more saturated markets, like New York.

“There’s a lot of potential for companies to get together and get off the ground quickly,” he said.

Landau, who grew up in Teaneck, is optimistic about the app industry’s future as people increasingly rely on mobile devices.

“I think the mobile market is here to stay,” he said. “What form going forward is anyone’s guess.”

Read More: http://www.northjersey.com/news/185777912_Mobile_app_industry_growing_in_North_Jersey_in_app_start-ups.html?c=y&page=5