Tag Archives: Phone

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 is a CTIA E-Tech Awards Finalist

4 May
By Paul Grossinger

MMGuardian is excited to be a CTIA 2013 E-Tech Awards Finalist!

E-Tech is accepting votes now, so if you would like to vote for MMGuardian, visit the E-Tech Awards page. We hope to earn your vote.

The E-Tech Awards honor innovative new companies and products in their respective fields. MMGuardian was nominated in the mobile apps, utility, and public safety category, for providing a new, innovative form of mobile parental control to parents of android-owning children and teens.

Although being a Finalist is exciting, what is more exciting is the growing attention being paid to smartphone dangers – of which this is a small but important step. Parents now face a myriad of problems with their children’s smartphone use including texting while driving, cyber-bullying, overuse of the phone, misuse of the phone, and dangerous applications, and MMGuardian can be the solution to this growing set of problems.

 

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: 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.

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.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

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 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/#