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Safety Apps for Parents

Good parenting (never an easy job) can't be replaced by technology, but sometimes technology can help you be a better parent. Apps can give you tools and super parenting powers you never dreamed of before. While there are many parent app lists that can keep your child educated and entertained, here are some apps that will keep your kids safe and healthy.

With latest version of the Apple's mobile software (iOS 5), parents are getting an increased level of parental control over previous versions. With iOS 5 parents can control almost everything a child can do on their iDevice (iPod, iPhone, iPad). While that sounds great in theory, in practice it can be very frustrating. You can set restrictions on whether your child has access to Safari, Camera, FaceTime, Game Center, YouTube, the App Store, whether they can install or delete software, etc.  Unfortunately these options are binary, your kid can surf or she can't, see YouTube or not.
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When it comes to allowed content sold/rented/accessed via ITunes, iOS 5 has much better parental controls. You can set the age content level for music & podcasts, movies, TV shows and apps based on industry content ratings.

As an added bonus, you can use the new free Find My Friends app to track your kid's iPhone location in real time. 
find my friends app

As good as iOS 5's parental controls are, they are still very basic and lack the robustness of a dedicated app that allows more nuanced control. For example you may have a teenager that needs to access the web via Safari but you still want to have some safe browsing and Internet filtering that is age appropriate. Enter the dedicated apps.

Child Safe Browser with Internet Filtering and Parental Controls
Mobicip for ipad iphone and ipod

As a parent and a developer of the Mobicip Safe Browser (a popular Internet content filtering service for the iPod touch , iPhone iPad , Windows 7 and Linux, with parental controls and monitoring), I lead a team that thinks about children’s Internet safety 24/7. After exhaustive research with child development psychologists, high-tech law enforcement officials, Internet safety experts, school IT directors, teachers and parents, we have developed mobile Internet safety solutions centered around three content filtering levels:

  • The elementary school level in our kid-friendly browser blocks social networking, gaming, shopping, entertainment, clothing, and news sites/content, in addition to the middle and high school level restrictions listed below.
  • The middle school level in the Mobicip Safe Browser blocks online gambling, dating, liquor, and chat sites/content, in addition to the high school level restrictions listed below.
  • High school level in the Mobicip Safe Browser is the least restrictive and blocks adult, sexual, weapons, violence, proxy, virus and hacking sites/content.


Our app costs only $4.99 (premium subscriptions are $9.99 a year allowing you more robust monitoring features on multiple devices).

While I believe very strongly that our kid safe browser with Internet filtering parental controls is the very best on the market, you do have other options. K9 and BSecure (both free) and SurfBalance ($4.99) are available, but we feel that their less-than-robust Internet filtering falls short of our high standard for child-safe browsers. Regardless of which you choose, even if it is a competitor, we urge you to install some kind of safe browser solution on all your kids' Internet devices.

Kid Tracking:
Life360 (free or $4.99/month subscription for premium features) is a family locator app that instantly displays the GPS coordinates of all your family members (even if they don't have smart phones). The ability to work independent of a phone's software and hardware, gives this app a leg up over iOS 5's Find My Friends app. With Life360, you can send a message via the app to see if a family member is safe. Family members can check in at a safe location (school, home, Grandma's house, etc.). If a family member goes missing, you can send the authorities all their personal information (photos, GPS history, etc.). Of all the safety apps we tried, this one has by far the most comprehensive features list. As an added bonus, Life360 offers pocket-size GPS devices that can be used for children that don't have phones. Each device costs $99 to purchase and then $10/month for data service.
life 360

Someday, your kid might need to alert you that there is an emergency, but they need to do it subtly so that onlookers can't see. This is where the Silent Bodyguard, a secret panic button/location tracker app ($1.99), comes in. With the touch of an icon, the Silent Bodyguard app will send out an emergency SOS message to email, text, Twitter/Facebook with your kids' GPS location every 60 seconds without alerting onlookers.
life 360 app

Latchkey Kids:
You can't always be there (physically) for your kids. Every family wrestles with the question of what age their child should be given the responsibility of coming and going by themselves.

Here are two apps by lock manufacturers that come with wireless computer controlled hardware locks that you can install on your front door. These apps can email or text you automatically when someone enters your home. You can assign a specific entry code to each child so that you instantly know when each child is safe at home. If your kid forgets their entry code, you can often open the front door remotely.

The Lockitron uses your iPhone as the key. After you install the hardware on your front door, you just download the free app to your kid’s iPhone, and follow the simple instructions. You can even remotely open the door with your laptop.

The Schlage LiNK kit, offers some of the same features, but requires an $8.99 monthly charge to send/receive texts and work remotely. The system also works with Schlage's wired camera.

If you have a home security system like ADT, you can also download a free app called ADT Plus that can give you a full picture of your home from sensors and installed web cams.
adt plus app  adt plus app 2
(Live web cam view from ADT Plus sent to your phone.)

Home automation specialists like Control4, can build you a custom latchkey security system that you can run from your mobile phone. If you are going the home automation route anyway, it might be a good feature to consider.

If you want to keep your kids safe at home when you are not there, first install a kid-safe browser like Mobicip on their iPhone, iPod or iPad. You can also install some hidden nanny cams that you can access from your iPhone.

Kid Emergency Information Software:
The FBI's Child ID App (free) is one app you hope you never need. 
FBI Child App

You type in your child's vital statistics, shoot a picture of your kid with the iPhone's camera and you have all the information you need to pass on to authorities should your child go missing. The app includes a quick way to dial 911, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and to send your child's information and photo to authorities. The app also includes two very useful checklists detailing what to do in the first and second 24 hours a kid goes missing. While this app is designed for parents, one could easily see a teacher on a field trip using it (with the parents’ permission of course).
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Health:
While the FBI's app is very good for a missing child, if your child has a medical condition, cough up $2.99 for iEmergency ICE Family Pro. If you or your child has a life-threatening condition, such as a serious allergy, this app's lock screen could literally be a life saver. Totally worth the three bucks right there.
iEmergency app

But there's more. This app allows you (or anyone in your family who shares the app) to have complete medical history, doctor's phone number, insurance, etc for all family members. The app allows a first responder to instantly call your top emergency contacts.
iEmergency app 2

If your child is having unusual health symptoms you may be wondering if it could be a sign of something serious. Find out with the WebMD Mobile app (free). There are a lot of health apps out there, but this one is considered the best because the content is approved by doctors in that field.
web md app


Sex Offender Finder:
Part of keeping your kid safe is knowing the dangers around you. Thanks to Megan's Law, sex offenders have to register with the authorities. With the Offender Locator Lite (free) app you can see a map of the local sex offenders, plus mug shots and a list of their crimes. (Life360 also offers sex offender mapping.) No matter where you are living, this app will definitely give you the creeps once you know how close they live to your home or school. But forewarned is forearmed, if you see any of these people hanging around your child you will know to get him or her quickly out of danger.
offender locator app

Raising a kid to be a safe and healthy adult is a challenge, but with these mobile apps you'll have the situation well in hand.

About Author
Suren Ramasubbu is the Founder of Mobicip.com, a popular Internet content filtering service for the iPod touch , iPhone iPad , Windows 7 and Linux, with parental controls and monitoring. Mobicip's mission is to provide a safe, secure and educational Internet experience for school-age children. Mobicip's dynamic content filtering technology helps parents protect their children from a new wave of Internet hazards stemming from mobility so they can learn and love the mobile web. By delivering an online safety net through its parental control solution, Mobicip gives parents and educators the ability to safeguard their children's mobile devices.  Before launching Mobicip.com, Suren was an Operating Manager at Agilent Technologies, responsible for a division's enterprise web infrastructure strategy and team. At Agilent, Suren has led QA automation strategy, evangelized software engineering methodologies, and developed software for RF and mixed-signal electronic design automation. Suren has also volunteered as a consultant for educational technology projects and led successful United Way volunteering and fundraising campaigns. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Mobicip App Mentions and Reading Recommendations

Mobicip application was recently mentioned on a few sites. Thank you DelMarvaNow.com and SummitSeriesforFamilies.com! We are happy to feature a small part of this content on our blog, however we strongly encourage you to visit both of these sites to read the articles.
Mobicip Safe Browser Application
Program gives 185 students iPads by Calum McKinney at DelMarvaNow.com
"Prepared for worries about students using the device to access inappropriate websites, Vonhoff said their iPads come equiped with software to deal with such issues.

'We use a program called Mobicip, so our students don’t use safari browser; they use mobicip as the browser,' he said. 'It allows us to log and monitor Internet use on campus or off. It’s a good tool to help them use the device responsibly.'"


Safe Mobile Browsing with the Mobicip Safe Browser by Jonathan Wylie at SummitSeriesForFamiles.com
"It is relatively easy to set up parent monitoring controls for computers used at home, but what about ones that are used on the go? Mobile internet devices like the iPod Touch and the iPad are great tools for today’s teenagers. However, it can be hard to monitor their usage when children use them away from home. This is where Mobicip’s Safe Browser comes into its own."

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Other Reading Recommendations:
British Schoolkids Stock up on iPads, iPhones
Technology and Your Children: How to Keep Kids Safe
Kindle Fire or...iPod Touch? (Ask Maggie)

October is National Cyber Security Month

Enough is Enough

Enough Is EnoughSM (EIE) recently sent a great reminder for National Cyber Security Month. In 2002, October was named Cyber Security Month and is an annual commemoration of the importance of promoting cyber security and safety. This year's theme is "Our Shared Responsibility." EIE President and CEO, Donna Rice Hughes, helped create a three pronged strategy for Internet safety that involves the public, the technology industry and law enforcement sharing the responsibility to protect children on the Internet (see below.) To get more information and support efforts to protect children online, please go here: https://enough.org/
  
EIE's three-pronged approach of shared responsibility includes:

1. Educating the public, specifically adults about cyber dangers and safety solutions primarily through the media and EIE's Internet Safety 101SM multimedia program resources. The program is the only multimedia program designed to educate, equip and empower caring adults to protect children from pornography, sexual predators and cyberbullies and to keep kids safe and secure on social networking sites, gaming and mobile devices.

2. Encouraging and working alongside the technology industry, including industry giants like Google and Microsoft, to implement viable, family friendly technology solutions and corporate policies and best practices. EIE incorporates cyber security technology solutions into all its Internet Safety 101SM program resources. Additionally, EIE's Internet Safety 101 program is featured as a requisite teaching tool by many of its partners to equip, educate and empower communities with the ability to implement cyber secure practices.

3. Promoting legal solutions that call for aggressive enforcement of existing laws and enactment of new laws to ensure security and safety of children and families. In April, Donna Rice Hughes, was invited as a cyber security expert by the U.S. State Department to educated State Department employees about cyber security and the digital threats kids face, as well as what can be done to prevent cyber crimes against children.         

ABOUT EIE
Enough Is Enough (EIE) a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, emerged in 1994 as the national leader on the front line of efforts to make the Internet safer for children and families.  Since then, EIE has pioneered and led the effort to confront online pornography, sexual predation and other dangers associated with the evolving web with innovative initiatives and effective communications.  EIE's Internet safety 101 Program is a comprehensive, multi-media program that addresses the critical need for parental education and empowerment to protect kids.

Get more information here: EIE Newsletter, Enough.org, and EIE Blog.

How to block social networking sites using Mobicip Premium?

1.    Go to www.Mobicip.com
2.    At the top right-hand corner there will be a login prompt. Enter the email address and password you used to setup your Mobicip account.
3.    Once logged in, you will notice 2 tabs on your screen: “Reports,” and “Settings.” Click the “Settings” Tab.

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4.    Click the “Categories” tab to see several drop-down categories for filtering purposes. These allow you to customize your child’s settings for internet usage.
5.    At the top of the screen, you will notice “Block these categories for _____ (there is a drop-down bar here, and will you select which user you want to block categories for based upon their filtering level. i.e. elementary school, middle school, or high school).
6.    Click the green plus sign for the category, “Chat/Blog/Social Networking” to see a drop-down menu of each option within that category.
7.    Items with a check mark designate categories that will automatically be blocked based upon the filtering level the user has been selected for. In order to ensure that all social networking websites are blocked, check all of the boxes within the category.

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8.    Once you are finished, make sure to click the green “Save” button at the top right next to the user’s name.

Look out for our next Mobicip FAQ spotlight to get tips and suggestions for using Mobicip Premium.
 

How to setup Mobicip in no-filtering mode with only monitoring enabled

Now that you have signed up for a Premium subscription, follow the step-by-step instructions below, to customize your child’s Internet using Mobicip Premium!

1.    Go to www.Mobicip.com

2.    At the top right-hand corner there will be a login prompt. Enter the email address and password you used to setup your Mobicip account.

3.    Once logged in, you will notice 2 tabs on your screen: “Reports,” and “Settings.” Click the “Settings” Tab.
Mobicip monitoring

4.    Next, click the “Websites” tab on the left side of the screen. You will notice 2 options below the word websites: “Block” and “Allow.”

5.    Click the “Allow” tab. Make sure the correct user is selected at the top drop-down box.
Mobicip Monitoring FAQ

6. In order to whitelist an entire domain extension, enter “.com” “.net” “.org” “.co.uk”, etc. Next, select the green “Allow” button in order to whitelist the domain extension, which will work with monitoring only, and not filtering.
Mobicip monitoring faq spotlight

7. Once finished, allow up to 60 minutes for the categories and websites settings to register the changes you have made and to take effect on your device.

Look out for our next Mobicip FAQ spotlight to learn how to block social networking sites using Mobicip Premium.

Building early road scholars: Giving your kids the drive to succeed.

Road Scholars

Time management is an issue for most folks. Chances are you are a busy parent like me and tend to procrastinate when things get overwhelming, and so do your kids. The regimented life of the average student seems designed to overwhelm your kids. Grades become all-important at a time when distractions and extra-curricular activities explode. As a parent I know that only by being proactive can you help your child to succeed. In this article, we will talk about some tools to help.

Students need to make the most of their time, and the best place they can do it is during their commute to school. The average American spends 100 hours commuting a year. With the average student having a one way commute time of 30 minutes (many rural students commute twice that length of time), this presents an untapped reservoir of time that is usually frittered away.

Whether the student is being driven by you, a bus driver or a horse-drawn carriage, they can make the most of their time with one simple tool: a smart phone or mobile device such as an iPad. These devices allow students to be more effective learners than any generation before. School administrators like Phil Hardin at the Rowan Salisbury School Systems have recognized this potential and equipped students with a mobile device to be used during commutes to and from school. I have the privilege of being involved in this project – as a vendor offering a mobile Internet safety service called Mobicip – and solving a critical problem that schools face.

Unfortunately, most parents haven't installed any Internet child safety software on their mobile devices. As a parent and a developer of Mobicip (a popular Internet content filtering service for the iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, Windows 7 and Linux, with extensible parental controls and monitoring), I lead a team that thinks about children’s Internet safety 24/7. After exhaustive research with child development psychologists, high-tech law enforcement officials, Internet safety experts, school IT directors, teachers and parents, we have developed mobile Internet safety solutions specifically with the mobile learning student in mind. A kid-safe mobile device can do wonders for students. With a mobile device you can accomplish so much.

DO PRIMARY RESEARCH: While it may be difficult to write a term paper on the school bus (not that many procrastinators haven't tried to do it), a student's commute is a great time to do a lot of the heavy research lifting. With online notebooks and clipping services like the wonderful Evernote, a student can research a topic on their smart phone, clip an article, web site or whatever to the cloud where it will be available when it comes time to write the term paper. Assuring a child-safe Internet browser experience is why we created Mobicip. Now parents can know that their kids are safely researching school topics while being protected by the latest state of the art kid-safe Internet filter.

OUTLINE, OUTLINE, OUTLINE: The secret weapon of the most prolific writers on the planet is outlining. You may not be able to write out an entire paper, but you certainly can outline one using the word processor on your mobile device. A lot of people make the mistake of waiting to outline after the research is done, but that is a HUGE TIME WASTER. Before you know much about a topic, write out a basic outline. You can do it as 20 questions about the topic. This will help you figure out what research you really need to do.  

FLASHWRITE: Many people think that commuting time is the worst place to do thoughtful writing. They'd be wrong.  Sometimes people get too tense about writing. You can write when you've got distractions, just do it fast without editing yourself. Write as fast as you can about the topic. Much of what you write will need work, but you'd be amazed how much of it doesn't. If you've got a big paper due, take those 20 questions in your outline and write the answers to them as fast as you can. If you don't have to worry about others listening in, many mobile devices have voice recognition software so you could just speak your term paper. (NOTE: even the quietest car is a noisy environment for voice recognition, you will get better results with a microphone very close to your mouth. Throat microphones are the very best for noisy environments like a car. You can pick one up starting at $20.)

PROOF: Read your term paper backwards, in addition to forward. Look at each sentence. See if there is anything that can be tightened, or punctuation that needs to be changed.

THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT: Whatever the topic, chances are there is a study aid app available. Check it out. It may be a separate app or it may be an eBook like CliffsNotes.

FLASHCARDS: Create flashcards to review test material. No matter what the topic, you can find ready-made flashcards, or you can create your own flashcards using software.

LISTEN TO YOUR TEACHER: Most mobile devices can record the audio or video of your classroom lecture. Some note-taking software will actually playback the whole lecture in sync with whatever notes you took. You can play back the whole thing, just the stuff you don't understand, or anything the teacher said would be on the test.

LISTEN TO SOMEONE ELSE: No matter what the topic, chances are excellent that there is a podcast given by a high school or college teacher on the subject. It is pretty easy to find these online. If a student is having difficulty with a topic, it may not be the student's fault. Some teachers can make the most basic topic incomprehensible, boring or so abstract that it is devoid of any real world meaning. But with podcasts, you can learn from the world's best teachers.

LISTEN TO YOUR BOOKS: For kids who are auditory learners or who have reading problems, audio books offer a great way to supplement standard reading. By listening to and simultaneously reading the same text, you process the content in more sections of the brain. This will greatly increase recall during test time. If your child has been diagnosed with a learning difference you may be able to get the audio book for free. Ask your school system which services are available.

WATCH YOUTUBE: YouTube is one of the greatest untapped educational resources on the Internet. Just type in almost any topic and you'll find instructional videos. The problem is that your kids can easily find other less than educational videos as well. That's why we included a robust, kid-safe YouTube filter into the Mobicip child safe browser.

PLAN YOUR SUCCESS: People don't plan to fail; they fail to plan. Use the scheduling function in your mobile device to map out homework times, reading times, review times. Many productivity experts swear by writing and reviewing daily to-do lists as a way of keeping on track.

REVIEW EARLY AND REVIEW OFTEN: You can have your entire school experience in your pocket. Most people learn via repetition. Review your notes during all the down times like when you are waiting in line.

CREATE AN ONLINE STUDY GROUP: Sometimes students can help each other learn a topic. Study groups are the key to success in college. They can also be effective during junior high and high school.

EMAIL YOUR TEACHER: Sometimes it can be scary to raise your hand in front of the entire class. A mobile device is a fantastic way to discretely get the extra help you need.
 
GET INSPIRED: If you want to go into a particular field, read, listen or watch YouTube video interviews with leaders in that topic. Sometimes inspiring passion can be the best study aide ever.

Whether the student in question is 8 or 85, these road scholar tips will help you get to the head of the class.

About Author
Suren Ramasubbu is the Founder of Mobicip.com, a leading online child safety service for mobile Internet devices like the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and netbooks. Mobicip's mission is to provide a safe, secure and educational Internet experience for school-age children. Mobicip's dynamic content filtering technology helps parents protect their children from a new wave of Internet hazards stemming from mobility so they can learn and love the mobile web. By delivering an online safety net through its parental control solution, Mobicip gives parents and educators the ability to safeguard their children's mobile devices.  Before launching Mobicip.com, Suren was an Operating Manager at Agilent Technologies, responsible for a division's enterprise web infrastructure strategy and team. At Agilent, Suren has led QA automation strategy, evangelized software engineering methodologies, and developed software for RF and mixed-signal electronic design automation. Suren has also volunteered as a consultant for educational technology projects and led successful United Way volunteering and fundraising campaigns. He holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Mobicip Supports Back To School Program: Bring Your Own Device

Mobicip Supports BYOD  While many schools are starting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Initiatives to further classroom education via technology, mobile Internet safety service Mobicip.com reinforces the need to ensure child safety.

Thousand Oaks, CA - Mobicip.com, the leading Internet safety and parental control service for mobile devices like the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, is a key enabler for mobile learning projects in K-12 schools.  While typical mobile learning projects are sponsored by the school, mobile learning is slowly and inexorably moving towards what is called BYOD. Bring Your Own Device is a movement that helps get technology in the classroom in a way that is very affordable for schools (meaning parents or PTAs pitch in) while still being on the cutting edge of educational practices.  Mobicip, an organization dedicated to enabling students to learn on the mobile web, reminds parents of K-12 students during this back to school time that while movements like BYOD can help get technology in classrooms, it is always important to ensure that online safety controls and online content filtering be factored into the equation.  

 “I have heard talk of all students in K-12 schools expected to have BYOD learning devices by 2015”, says Suren Ramasubbu, Founder and CEO of Mobicip.com. “In quite a few instances, the parents or PTA are pitching in and purchasing the technology to empower always-on access to learning.  While this is a creative, fast and affordable way to get technology in the classroom, it is important for these parents and educators to have content filters set up on their kid’s devices to protect the K-12 students using any online or mobile device so that the focus stays on education.”

According to Project Tomorrow’s Learning in the 21st Century: 2011 Trends Update, “Three times as many high school students have access to online learning and twice as many middle school students are learning online, since Speak Up 2007.”  The report continues by stating; “More than 40 percent of students now designate online classes as an essential component of their learning experience. Administrators and parents are increasingly supporting the students’ vision for learning online.”  EdReach, an online platform for passionate, outspoken educators did a recent post about BYOD saying that “While BYOD is far too radical for many school districts at this time, it is inevitable that this is the future.  The sooner districts embrace this future and begin to plan for it, the more effective this transition will be.”

BYOD may not be the success formula to get devices in all classrooms, but the facts do support that online and mobile learning works, so there are stronger efforts to get devices in the classrooms in as many ways as possible.  Project Tomorrow’s Learning in the 21st Century: Taking it Mobile! said in their report that "90 percent of the Mobile Learning Explorer administrators state that mobile computers increase students’ potential for success, as compared to 59 percent of the non-Mobile Learning Explorer administrators." "62 percent of responding parents report that if their child’s school allowed devices to be used for educational purposes, they would likely purchase a mobile device for their child."

The future of education is growing more and more mobile.  BYOD is something back-to-school minded parents and educators may have read about, considered starting or have been in meetings about this already.  Leaders in online safety like Mobicip.com, who are dedicated to enabling online learning, remind deciding parties that mobile kids deserve to safely use and learn on the mobile web and that does involve making sure all devices have content filtering on them to ensure CIPA compliance, eRate eligibility, and to keep the focus on learning.

To learn more about Mobicip.com, visit www.Mobicip.com.

About Mobicip’s Web Filtering and Dynamic Parental Control Software
Mobicip is the most popular content filtering solution available on the App Store. The best-selling Mobicip Safe Browser app has been consistently rated among top paid apps, downloaded and used by tens of thousands of parents and several K-12 schools and school districts in the US, and was recently recognized by the 2010 Parents’ Choice Awards as a Top Mobile App. Mobicip's dynamic content filtering includes a new YouTube filter, Windows 7 Content Filter, and Linux Content Filter for parents and educators to ensure their children’s Internet safety while they are on the web. In addition to enabling online learning by supporting iOS-based devices, Mobicip partners with schools like Comal ISD to create custom app solutions that further enable online learning.  Learn more at www.Mobicip.com.

FAQ Spotlight: How to setup Mobicip to allow only the websites on my list

Now that you have signed up for a Premium subscription, follow the step-by-step instructions below, to customize your child’s Internet using Mobicip Premium!
1.    Go to www.mobicip.com
2.    At the top right-hand corner there will be a login prompt. Enter the email address and password you used to setup your Mobicip account.
3.    Once logged in, you will notice 2 tabs on your screen: “Reports,” and “Settings.” Click the “Settings” Tab.

 Mobicip setup sites

4.    Next, click the “Websites” tab on the left side of the screen. You will notice 2 options below the word websites: “Block” and “Allow.”
5.    Click the “Allow” tab. Make sure the correct user is selected at the top drop-down box.

Mobicip report setup

6.    Enter the website(s) you wish to allow and click the green “Allow” button after entering each website URL.
7.    In order to ONLY allow websites to be visited that you have entered in this category, click the box that says, “Allow ONLY the websites on this list.”

 mobicip setup reports

8.    Once finished, allow up to 60 minutes for the categories and websites settings to register the changes you have made and to take effect on your device.

Look out for our next Mobicip FAQ spotlight to learn how to setup Mobicip in no-filtering mode with only monitoring enabled.
 

FAQ Spotlight: How to Use the Mobicip Reports Function

This spotlight is a continuation of our recent FAQ Spotlight: How to monitor your child’s Internet activity using Mobicip Premium where we reviewed setting up email reports using Mobicip Premium. Now that you know how to setup the reports, let us teach you how to use the reports function.

1.    Once you have set up an E-mail Report, and the child has had sufficient time to browse the Internet on their device, click on the “Reports” tab.
Mobicip Reports Function


2.    Make sure that the correct user is selected.
3.    Then make sure that you select either “Allowed” to see only websites that Mobicip has allowed to be viewed, “Blocked” to view only the websites that Mobicip has blocked, or “All Websites” to see both.
Mobicip Reports Function FAQ

4.    When websites have been blocked, the reason for the block will also be noted.
FAQ Mobicip Reports Function

5.    Finally, a graph will be shown next to the history of data. This shows the types of categories that can, and have, been blocked by Mobicip in a circular graph.
Mobicip reports function FAQ


That’s it! An email report will also be sent to the email address you provided with a break-down of websites viewed, as well!

If you have a Mobicip question that you would like us to answer on the blog, please share it with us! You can leave a question in the blog comments or find Mobicip on Facebook or Tweet us @Mobicip on Twitter.

FAQ Spotlight: How to monitor your child’s Internet activity using Mobicip Premium

Now that you have signed up for a Premium subscription, follow the step-by-step instructions below, to monitor your child’s Internet activity and setup email reports using Mobicip Premium!

1.    Go to www.Mobicip.com
2.    At the top right-hand corner there will be a log in prompt. Enter the email address and password you used to setup your Mobicip account.
3.    Once logged in, you will notice 2 tabs on your screen: “Reports,” and “Settings.” Click the “Settings” Tab.Mobicip Premium account setup

HOW TO SETUP EMAIL REPORTS

4.    On the left side of the page, there are several tabs. Click the “Email Reports” tab.
5.    In the “Send reports to” box, enter the email address you would like your user’s reports to be sent to. To send reports to multiple email addresses, separate each separate email address with a comma.Setup Mobicip email reports
6.    Next, select if you would like to receive email reports Monthly or Weekly with the drop-down box.
7.    Then, select which day of each month you would like to receive your reports on. (i.e. To receive reports on the first day of each month, simply click “1”).
8.    Select which format you would like your reports to be in (text, CSV, or a PDF file)
9.    Finally, select your correct time zone.
10.    Click the green “Apply Settings” button to save your selections.

Look out for our next FAQ spotlight to learn how to use the reports function to review a list of websites that have been viewed and blocked.

StartUp Beat Inspiring Interview with Suren Ramasubbu

We are happy to share that StartUpBeat.com featured an inspiring interview with Suren Ramasubbu, titled: Startup Narratives: Suren Ramasubbu, founder and CEO of Mobicip.com.  You can read the full interview here: http://startupbeat.com/sub/2011/08/startup_narratives_suren_ramasubbu_id2452.html and you can also find it on the Mobicip press page.

Our favorite Q and A from the interview was the following:
SUB: What prompted you to start Mobicip in the first place?
Ramasubbu: I still remember that moment vividly. I was watching some kids walk across the street at a traffic light. These middle schoolers were carrying huge backpacks. It was 2005. I felt the backpacks were an anachronism, a throwback to an older era in education and how children learn. I remember feeling strongly that this was going to change. And I wanted to be a part of that change in education, if and when it happens. It was a gut feeling, an intuition, and it was validated at the Mobile 2011 Conference. There is significant change happening today in K-12 education, and it has been labeled “mobile learning”.

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About Mobicip’s Web Filtering and Dynamic Parental Control Software
Mobicip is the most popular content filtering solution available on the App Store. The best-selling Mobicip Safe Browser app has been consistently rated among top paid apps, downloaded and used by tens of thousands of parents and several K-12 schools and school districts in the US, and was recently recognized by the 2010 Parents’ Choice Awards as a Top Mobile App. Mobicip's dynamic content filtering includes a new YouTube filter, Windows 7 Content Filter, and Linux Filter for parents and educators to ensure their children’s Internet safety while they are on the web. In addition to enabling online learning by supporting iOS-based devices, Mobicip partners with schools like Comal ISD to create custom app solutions that further enable online learning.  Learn more at www.mobicip.com