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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.

 

MMGuardian™ to Demo on Stage at CTIA 2013

4 May

MMGuardian™ to Demo on Stage at CTIA 2013

By Paul Grossinger

The future of mobile parenting is here.

For anyone is Las Vegas May 20-24, it will be front and center when Pervasive Group Inc. presents MMGuardian on the Exhibit Innovations Stage in CTIA World.

MMGuardian is also a CTIA E-Tech Award Finalist in the Mobile category, so it is exciting to see mobile parental control get the attention it deserves from the wireless world even as it becomes an increasingly pressing issue for parents.

MMGuardian is one of the most comprehensive mobile parental control options available to parents. It offers a rare mix of phone access control (including instant location and phone lock and prescheduling), monitoring (for calls, texts, and applications), safe driving technology, and battery efficiency. Parents try it for free and can buy Premium for only $2.99/month or $24.99/year.

For more information MMGuardian and the upcoming CTIA presentation, email paul.grossinger@mmguardian.com.

MMGuardian: SXSW Confronts Dangerous Parenting

11 Mar

SXSW Confronts Dangerous Parenting: MMGuardian Presents at HATCH Competition

By Paul Grossinger

Over 27 years, the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas has become synonymous with geeks and tech; mysterious new gadgets, Star Wars helmets, and 70’s style after-parties.

But it’s time for a new subject to make an appearance: safe parenting and the dangers of mobile smartphone use.

MMGuardian has been invited to present at the HATCH competition for exciting young startups on Sunday March 10th, giving safe parenting tech a vibrant, energetic platform to showcase how tech can help parents solve real problems affecting their lives 24/7.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

Take Snapchat, the rising app phenomenon that is taking the teen world by storm and will certainly make an appearance at SXSW. While cool and exciting technology, Snapchat is often misused by children and teens – with disastrous consequences. MMGuardian will show parents how to block it; instantly making parents aware of a solution to one of their worst rising concerns.

Most of all, it’s exciting to see safe parenting become a genuine technology issue, with the tech community – not just concerned parents – interested in hearing about exciting new solutions.

So, if you are at SXSW, check out MMGuardian’s exciting presentation at HATCH. SXSW is rising to the occasion with regard to safe parenting – and it’s time to become part of the solution.

Parents: Texting and Driving Represents Serious New Danger for Your Teens

3 Aug

If you have seen the news recently, you have seen the dangers of texting and driving: death.  Parents need to make sure their teens are not texting while driving and MMGuardian Parental Control can help.

Every time your teens texts while driving, they are in serious danger of paralysis or death.  If you doubt it, just READ THESE STATISTICS:

  • In 2010, 416,000 people were injured in distracted driving accidents.  3092 were killed.
  • 18% of reported crashes were due to distracted driving.  That number continues to climb.
  • 40% of teens say they have been in a car while the driver was texting.

So, as a parent, how can you take action to make sure your children are safe and you can sleep at night?

  • Talk to your teen.  Tell them how dangerous it is to text while driving.
  • Be real.  Show them the statistics.
  • If dialogue does not work, take matters into your own hands.  Make sure your teen is safe, at times in spite of themselves.  Use MMGuardian Parental Control’s Safe Driving feature, which turns off your teens’ ability to text when they are operating a motor vehicle over 10mph.  
MMGuardian Safe Driving Feature

MMGuardian Safe Driving Feature

Parents: your teens need to know how dangerous texting while driving is and they need you to protect them.  The question is, what will you do?  

5 Ways For Parents to Fight Cyberbullying

2 Aug

If you didn’t already know, your child could be a victim of cyberbullying.  Right now.  You need a tool like MMGuardian Parental Control to pr

If you doubt that, just put some facts together:

  • Over 50% of American preteens, teens, and young adults are victims of online or mobile bullying.
  • The average American family has two children

Chances are, one of your children is being victimized in some way.  And, if they are like 90% of victimized teens, they won’t ever tell you about it.

So, the question is, what can you do?  Here are five strategies to combat cyberbullying and protect your kids:

  • Start a Dialogue: Your kids don’t tell you because they are ashamed.  Let them know it’s ok to talk to you about anything, even if they are embarrassed.
  • Believe Them: Many kids fear they will not be believed, so they don’t tell people about the bullying.  Let them know that you will support them and, if they tell you, help stop the bullying.
  • Show Action: If your child sends you signal, don’t ignore them and wait.  Probe a bit deeper and see what they tell you, you may be surprised.
  • Show That You Care: You know that you care but teens often feel disconnected and estranged from their parents.  Make sure your child feels a strong enough connection to come to you.

BUT, sometimes talking and dialogue do not work.  In those cases, take matters into your own hands and use a software tool to keep your kids safe. The best, FREE option available is MMGuardian Parental Control.

MMGuardian: Protection for Kids, Peace of Mind for Parents

MMGuardian: Protection for Kids, Peace of Mind for Parents

MMGuardian Parental Control is the best option because it lets you monitor indicator words for bullying in your child’s text messages.  You are not spying on them directly or betraying their trust but if they receive bullying messages over their phone, you will know about it. Then, you can take action to protect your child now and in the future.

So, what are you waiting for? 

Cyberbullying is a National Problem

1 Aug

Cyberbullying is the next national epidemic and this country will need tools like MMGuardian Parental Control to face it head on and provide valuable solutions.

If you don’t believe cyberbullying is a critical problem that needs to be solved NOW, check out some of THESE STATISTICS

  • More than half of America’s teens have been bullied online
  • Worse, over half have engaged in cyber-bullying
  • Only 1 in 10 teens will tell their parents about a cyberbullying attack

So, cyberbullying is not only a national epidemic, it is one teens cannot fix for themselves.  If teens will not take action, parents need to take action for their teens.

Parents need to engage quickly to prevent their children from experiencing cyberbullying on the next digital frontier: mobile phones.

Today, it’s not just the internet anymore; children are bullied repeatedly, 24/7, over their phones.  They can never escape it.  If you are having trouble believing, explore some of THESE STATISTICS:

  • Over 25% of teens have been bullied through their cell phone
  • About 1/5 teens have sent sexually suggestive nude pictures of themselves to others over a phone
  • Over 80% of teens now use a cell phone regularly

So, the problem will only grow with time.  As a parent, your teens need your help; they cannot stop the bullying and are often unable, or unwilling to engage with you directly.  You need other means to find out if your child is a victim and decide how you can help.

MMGuardian Parental Control is that FREE solution. It is a tool that exists solely to help parents protect their children from mobile threats.  

Parents, use MMGuardian Parental Control’s Monitor feature to select certain “bullying words” to watch for in your child’s phone messages.  If they are bullied and those messages appear, MMGuardian Parental Control will notify you immediately and forward you the message so you can take the appropriate actions.  Download it HERE to start protecting your kids today.

Cyberbullying is a growing problem for your teens.  The question is: how will you help them?