Family Time–Free App & Paid Service
I was looking around for an app that would provide some monitoring of a child’s phone when I stumbled on Family Time. It has a very low yearly service charge and it’s feature-packed.
What it does in a nutshell is allow parents to monitor the use of their children’s cell phones. On the child’s side, they can either send a “come pick me up” or a “SOS” help notification.
There are 3 plans that were
offered to me when I
contacted the company. For
the 1st year, 1 phone $11, 2 phones $14, and 5 phones $27.
Here is the child’s app with only 2 functions available. They can issue a “pick me up” which sends their GPS location to the parent or they can hit the panic button.
The parent app and the web page login have lots of functionality with more to come in December of this year. For each child there is a reports section and a settings section.
Reports menu contains location history, contacts listing and a listing of installed apps.
The map shows a detailed movement route and time of day in this screenshot on the right.
My personal favorite is that you
can be notified when you child exceeds a speed limit you have set. Note that you might have to convert MPH into metric. You will know if you child is speeding or riding with a speeder.
The current feature list is:Time of day control, Speed alert, App Deletion alert, App Control, Content Control, Watch list for Contacts. Location history and Geo-Fencing. New features for December are: text monitoring, web history, call history and browser bookmarks. Support is by email and web chat.
So if you invoke app control, almost all of the downloaded apps will disappear from their phone. You can turn on the ones you like. If you change the content level, they will not be able to access adult content.
This app is for you if:
you want to know where your child is
you want to know who is talking to your child
you want to know what web sites you child has accessed
The release of the new 7 phone and iOS10 are a couple of weeks away. Hopefully we will be surprised at the offering. As of the latest rumors, we are expecting: 2 camera lenses, antennas lines moved from the rear, longer lasting battery, no headphone jack, elimination of the 16 gig version and a touch sensitive home button. This adds up to a rather ho-hum version if it holds true.
Don’t get in a rush to download the new OS, wait a week or two for the bugs to fall out.