If you are an active user of Mobicip's Premium service, you might have noticed something new when you sign in to manage your account. Yes, a new 'Dashboard' was rolled out a couple of weeks ago. The intent is to capture the most important information in your account and present it in a convenient, easy, at-a-glance format. Simply login at mobicip.com and you will land on the Dashboard. You will notice that it has 3 sections.
Regular users of Mobicip know that our biggest goal is to make life easy for you as a parent while allowing your kids to experience the wonders of the Internet safely. That is why we constantly churn out new features, updates and platforms over time as the technology evolves. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at some goodies being cooked.
Setting up parental controls like Mobicip is the easy part. The hard part is staying in touch with and managing your kids' digital habits over weeks, months and years. At Mobicip, we have been hard at work trying to reduce this burden on parents. If you have any iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, all you need to do is download the parent companion app - aptly called the 'Monitor' - and you can stay in touch with your kids' online lives on the go.
One of the most important benefits of parental controls is that it enables open discussion. Mobicip allows your kids to request access to blocked content, right from within the browser when any content is blocked.
With the Premium upgrade, you can review the requests at any time and approve or deny each one.
Yes, one of the the most popular Mobicip features on iOS is now available on Android - App Monitoring. You can now keep track of apps installed on your kids' Android OS-based devices, and setting it up is a breeze!
The younger generation has always been a step ahead in adapting to new technologies and platforms. Modern smartphones and tablets have allowed them to evolve into true 'digital natives' as opposed to their parents' generation of 'digital immigrants'. This generation gap has created a challenge for parents today in keeping up with their tech-savvy kids, if not staying one step ahead.
Schools are embracing digital technologies like never before. However, many parents have a mistaken notion that the tablet or laptop replaces the previously used physical medium, like the textbook or notebook. Some others acknowledge that it is a good consumption device, where students can review content posted by the teacher or school.
As schools are increasingly going digital, parents should be asking some important questions about what apps their kids are using at school, what data is being collected, and how the information collected is being used. If the whole issue of privacy is new and the phrase 'personally identifiable information' doesn't mean anything to you, it is time to get started and educate yourself!
Most K-12 schools are back in session (in the US) over the next few weeks. It is time to prepare to get back into the routine and get things in order. One thing to check on is your kids' devices to make sure they are setup with age-appropriate restrictions and parental controls. Done already? Ok. Here are some more resources to help you de-stress and stay in control over the next few days.