Worrying about kids is the defining and inherent trait of being a parent. Educating children on the security issues, explaining how to stay safe in various situations, and taking measures to avert all possible dangers is the distinctive trait of being a really good parent. This is true not only for the real life but also for the digital one as it has become the inherent part of modern-day kids’ and teens’ lives.
The thing is that the Internet – despite all its values – can be a dangerous place for children of all ages. Cyberbullying, sexting, online predators, identity theft, objectionable content – this is not anywhere near the full list of perils that lie in wait for careless underage users online. That’s why the question is not whether to utilize child internet safety software, but what monitoring and protection software to utilize.
Although it’s beyond parents’ power to make the Internet a kid-safe place, they can at least do two things: 1) make the access to the Web’s dark corners much more complicated; and 2) keep monitoring their kids’ online activity to stay aware if the defensive system cracks. Installing family Internet safety software on kids’ smartphones and tablets as well as on family computers is rather easy solution. But remember that this is just a supplementary tool that would work best if you talk to your child and thoroughly explain to him or her what pitfalls are hiding behind the gadget screen.
As we’ve already mentioned, modern teens hardly can live even a couple hours without looking up into their handheld devices. And while ensuring relatively riskless browsing on your home PC is not a big problem, keeping track of what websites your kid visits on their smartphone or tablet is a lot harder. Moreover, as teens intensively use phones for texting and calls, a standard web filter would be not of much help here.
There aren’t too many options how parents can set up the Internet protection on their children’s mobile devices. Firstly, they can use built-in iOS or Android safety tools (like “Restrictions” on iPhone). But onboard utilities often have fairly limited functionality. That’s why many parents prefer utilizing specially developed monitoring apps.
Here are five major advantages parental control apps like Pumpic have:
Considering the huge variety of functions that a comprehensive parental monitoring app provides, you can rest assured that you’ve taken whatever measures are necessary to child-proof the Internet. The only thing you can do to fix the result is to maintain trustworthy relations with your kids and teens. You should explain to them why you monitor their activities and keep talking to them regularly about proper behavior and ways not to get into troubles.
Pumpic is great. It literally saved relations with my 16-year-old daughter! For almost half of the year, she has been keeping secret that she join a religion-based community. She just was afraid to tell me because I’m atheistic. I started monitoring her interactions and location to make sure she wasn’t doing something illegal. Thankfully, when I found out what’s going on, we came together again as a family.”
“Installing Pumpic was just a precaution. Now I’m always aware what my son is up to. We agreed that I wouldn’t view his multimedia files and set geofences, but at the same time I can check his location anytime and monitor his browsing history. It’s really easy to do via the Control Panel – I’ve even installed a special app on my iPhone. I feel calm for my boy, and I thank Pumpic for that.”
“Easy, powerful, and reliable app. They are minor drawbacks with Kik monitoring in jailbreak-free solution, but not critical. On the other hand, email and SMS monitoring are a real clockwork. The interface is so simple and straightforward that even such a lamer like me doesn’t have any troubles figuring out what and where to look for. At least, I’m completely satisfied. Bottom line: recommended.”