The advent of the digital world has changed the face of parenting as well. Who knew parents would be able to pull all the parenting duties with a smartphone. Since our lives have become very much digital, it is the need of the day to take care of our kids digitally. Parental control apps do just that. I used many apps to know how digital parenting works. Today, I am going to review FamilyTime parental control app which impressed me a great deal.
Parental Control App
First thing first, it is a parenting app that gives you control over your child’s online activity. By “control” most parents understand spying, but that is not the case. It has two versions; parent app and child app. The parent app goes by the name of FamilyTime Dashboard.
Both apps are installed on the respective phones. This means parents have to talk to their children about it first. I think it is very ethical as kids will never appreciate their parents spying on them. Besides, they should also know about the importance of parental surveillance.
FamilyTime – Controlling and monitoring features
The three main features are:
Limit Screen time
It allows you to manage the screen time of your kids by putting screen locks. These locks restrict your kids’ access to their devices for the indicated time intervals. There are predefined rules for Homework, Bed and Dinner time. You can also make customized rules according to your choice. The app handles the locking and unlocking of their devices automatically.
A very handy feature is the app blocker. It is used to block any unwanted apps from their devices. If you find your kids using poor apps or addictive games, you can simply restrict their use. Time-based app blocking is also available but only on IOS, however, it is constantly updating its features.
You can track your kids’ location and create virtual fences around places. By doing this you can get in and out notification of those places and stay posted all the time. Other than that your kids can send you panic alerts and pick-me-up alerts as well.
Apart from that, you can also keep a constant check on their:
- Text messages
- Internet history
- Blacklisted apps
- Watchlist contacts
- Driving speeds
Now, let’s get to Pros and Cons.
- User friendliness: It’s easy to operate dashboard is usable for both non-tech and tech savvy parents and kids.
- Compatibility: It works quite well on different versions of Android smartphones and iPhone.
- It isn’t available for Windows.
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My FamilyTime review is all about the basics. You can get full details from its official website. It’s an all-in-one app which gives excellent control and facility. I give it 4.5 stars for its compatibility and multipurpose features. It is practical and feasible. If you want to experience digital parenting hands-on and secure your kids, this is what you need.