Tag Archives: Smartphone

MMGuardian Featured on Upside on Comcast Hometown Network

15 Jul

MMGuardian Featured on Upside on Comcast Hometown Network

By Paul Grossinger

On Tuesday July 9, MMGuardian made its debut for thousands of Northern Californians who tuned into the 6:30pm PST broadcast of Upside, the primetime news show on Comcast Hometown Network.

Parental control is becoming a hot topic as kids leave school for the summer and parents grapple with how to handle their children’s rapid-fire smartphone use and the dangers associated with their activities.

On Upside, smartphone dangers were discussed but with an eye for the upside – pun intended – in the issue for parents, which is that these dangers can be quickly mitigated with parental control. MMGuardian’s feature set, including call and text monitoring, scheduling and instant phone controls,and text and drive prevention were on full display for the show’s viewers.

For more information, check out the broadcast!

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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 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

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: Texting and Driving is Now the No. 1 Killer of American Teens

30 Mar

By Paul Grossinger

Last week, AOL News announced research proving that distracted driving is now the Number One killer of American teens.

In case you missed it, check out the rest of the article at AOL autos. But what the article leaves out is that the largest component of distracted driving is no-longer driving while drunk – the historic lead killer – now it is texting while driving.

In fact, according to Pew Research, texting while driving increases teen crash risk by 23 times over the normal risk of a collision. Drunk driving’s increase is only half that, which makes texting and driving a shockingly risky activity for teens.

Worse, smartphones make the activity far more prevalent because they dramatically increase the number of texts teens send per day to well over 50 on average. And smartphone usage is rising, with the percentage of teens owning one up double-digits year-on-year since 2007.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

So, what gives for parents?

First, it goes back to communication and awareness. Teens are often not aware of the risk and parents need to have a frank discussion with their kids about the risk they are taking if they text behind the wheel – and the consequences of those risks.

But, communication isn’t everything – parents also need enforcement. For that, MMGuardian can help.

Parents using MMGuardian can set up text and drive prevention right on their teens’ phone; shutting off their child’s phone’s text function if they are behind the wheel of a moving car. And it’s free. 

So, try MMGuardian today. Don’t become a statistic.

MMGuardian: How Technology Disconnects Parents From Their Kids

30 Mar

‘Technology connects us.” It’s a common refrain, perhaps explored most famously in Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat, and it is clearly true in many instances. Yet, while technology brings us closer, it also splits us apart in ways we often barely realize. Nowhere is this clearer than in relationships between parents and their kids.

If you have ever watched That 70s Show, you know how technology has completely altered parents’ reality. Back when, parents did not always know what their kids were doing, a fact hilariously parodied in the show, but they interacted with them on a consistent, connected basis. The kids were often at home, they spoke over the dinner table, they hung out in the basement…and the parents were largely aware of their kids and connected to their existence in a very real, personal way.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

TV shows display arch-types, not reality – but clearly the technology age has turned that on its head. Smartphones may bring us closer than we have ever been to our relatives on other continents – face to face on skype and ‘just a click away’ – but they have driven us equally far away from those who actually populate our daily lives. Now, parents and kids may be sitting in the same room and ‘interacting’ but entirely missing one another – the kid busy on his phone or Xbox, the parent pecking away at their laptop; both apparently unaware that this sham of an interaction is exactly representative of the problem technology is rapidly creating in our society.

The question now is: how do we fix it?

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/#

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.