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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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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 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.

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.

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?

MMGuardian: Shutting Down Mobile Bullying

23 Mar

MMGuardian’s Tactics for Parents

By Paul Grossinger 

If any phrase defines mobile tech, it’s “24/7 Connectivity.” But, 24/7 is also responsible for serious new problems arising from tech, especially bullying.

While I’m quite sure that, all the way back in 5,000 B.C., kids bullied one another with rocks and sticks, I’m equally certain that mobile technology has completed changes bullying’s dynamics from anything we’ve seen in the past – for the worse. Simply put, kids get no rest.

And parents are beginning to ask the toughest question: how can I shut down the cyber-bullying that is hurting my child? Luckily, while difficult, there are solutions.

First, communicate. Only 25% of children nationally tell a parent they are being bullied. If you make yourself a safe resource for your child and show them that you care about their problems, will not blame them, and will commit to being part of the solution, you can earn a spot in that coveted 25%.

MMGuardian

MMGuardian

Second, reinforce communication. For that, MMGuardian can help.

MMGuardian enables parents to set up alerts on their children’s phones, so, if their child receives bullying messages, they instantly become aware of it.

For example, if a parent wants to know if their child receives messages containing potentially bullying words like “gay,” the parent can set that word up for an alert using MMGuardian’s system. If that word appears in their child’s texts, the parent is notified and can take action.

Out there, mobile bullying is only getting worse. But in your own family, you can make a positive difference. And MMGuardian can help.