Whether you're a parent or you work in youth ministry, keeping kids safe while they use technology has become an increasingly large task to accomplish. From Xbox Live, to iPhones, to Animal Jam, to Facebook and Snapchat–the possibilities for a child under 18 to get themselves in trouble is relatively easy. That's why when I hear of software to help us parents and youth workers keep kids safe, I listen. KidGuard reached out to me to share their software options for monitoring kids on their devices and beyond. They also have a grant available for qualifying nonprofits through the end of 2016.
Cell Phone Monitoring Software for Parents
KidGuard today announced the introduction of a new cell phone monitoring software developed for parents who want to track their children’s digital activities and keep them safe from online threats. The sole mission of the KidGuard team is to protect children online by bringing awareness and inspiring solutions to key issues, such as cyber-bullying and sexual predators.
KidGuard’s simple and intuitive interface gives parents the ability to monitor all online interactions, including:
- Text Messages: Monitor sent, received and deleted text messages.
- Location: Know exactly where the child is at any moment in time or where they have been in the past.
- Calls: Have access to call logs for both incoming and outgoing calls as well as view other information such as contact name, number, date and duration of calls.
- Photos: See photos that your child has sent or received
- Social Media: Track communication in accounts that include Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Skype, Viber, Kik, WeChat and Line.
- View Apps: Check which apps are installed.
- Browser History: View your child’s browser history and prevent them from visiting dangerous sites
- Contacts: See who your child has saved as a contact
- KidGuard is easy to install and use. Support for the app is available 24/7. When using this technology, it is also essential that parents communicate with their children about the risks and rewards of cell phone.
While privacy concerns continue to be a hot topic, a child’s safety must come first,” said Lawrence Ng, founder of KidGuard. “As the age of children who use mobile phones decrease–average age is now 10 years–parents need tools to cope with the multiple challenges of a digital world on their children.
Negative peer pressure, cyber bullying and sexual predators are real concerns that parent worry about every day. By using KidGuard, parents can become a proactive part of their children’s life and intervene when appropriate. Cyber bullying is a good example. Statistics are staggering. More than 40% of teenagers with tech access report being cyber bullied over the past year. “
Text messaging is another ongoing threat. Children can be exposed to cyber bullies, sexting, viewing inappropriate pictures and video, and talking to strangers pretending to be other teens. With KidGuard, all the material they are viewing is readily available to parents, enabling them to make decisions regarding the safety of specific online conversations and intervene, if necessary.
KidGuard recently initiated KidGuard for Nonprofits, a series of programs to support nonprofits in defending children from digital risks such as cyber-bullying, online predators, teen suicide and childhood depression.
For the remainder of 2016, KidGuard for Nonprofits is awarding $1,000 grants to up to 20 nonprofits, and a $5,000 grant to one non-profit its panel believes created the most impact in the community, either by helping parents deal with digital risks involving their children or helping children directly.
All 501© nonprofits are eligible to apply. Grant submission deadline is December 26th 2016.
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