Sunday, April 22, 2012

Safely Phone Controls for Android - parental control of Android phones

Safely Phone Controls for Android is a product that is described as a "digital parenting device." It will be launching as a partnership with Sprint first and is available on Google Play as "Sprint Mobile Controls." Parents can use Safely Phone Controls to regulate their child's use of smartphones. For example, a parent could block texting or games during school or after bedtime. They can also get alerts when a child is contacted by a stranger or adds a contact and get summaries of how, when and with whom their children are using their phones.

This may seem a little to controlling or invasive by some, but it can also help students learn good habits. As the app is expanded, schools could use it to control school owned Android devices.

It's not free. It's $4.99 per month for the service, so most schools won't be able to afford it. But, we may see some open source or free apps and services like it launch soon for schools.

What do you think about this kind of service? Too much control or not enough? Something schools will want for controlling school owned devices?


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