With the end of the school year right around the corner kids will be spending a lot less time on schoolwork and a lot more time on their cell phone, tablet, and other gadgets. For most devices it’s easy to regulate what a kid plays or views. For example game consoles require a physical disc or cartridge which is easy to monitor, and for TV and movies there are age ratings that can alert you to what is appropriate or not -- not to mention the obviousness of using the family TV which you can easily keep track of. But tablets, smart phones, and other mobile devices are another story though.
When it comes to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, it’s a lot harder to keep track of how kids are using it. There are a lot of apps to choose from and more being added each day. Many are educational or encourage healthy life style choices through exercise and outdoor activities. But a lot of the apps kids choose fall into the mindless video game category. And many apps, like social network apps, fall somewhere in between. They can be great for keeping up with friends when geographically separated but can contribute to major issues such as cyber bullying because these devices, and the people behind them, are constantly connected.
How To Start AppCertain
This summer, you can be certain that your kids download more educational apps by using AppCertain. AppCertain is one of many apps that monitors iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch and can be found in the iTunes App Store. Just download the AppCertain app on the device you’d like to monitor, register an account, and follow the simple directions to install a security profile. Within 24 hours of a new app being installed you’ll receive a notification that contains a description of the app along with informative badges detailing features of the app like:
- Has educational value
- Contains adult content
- Contains advertisements
- Encourages exercise
- Uses camera
- Expensive in-app purchases
“I talk with many parents who are struggling to keep up with their kids when it comes to technology. AppCertain is a great tool for keeping parents involved and informed,” says Jean Dumais, the mom behind Be Web Smart – a website that provides articles, tips, guidance and reviews for parents who want to keep their families safe and productive online.
The AppCertain app monitors one device for free and you can add additional devices to your account for $4.99 per device. For more information about this mobile app check out the slideshow on this page.
Spencer Whitman is CEO and Co-Founder of AppCertain, a company based in Pittsburgh, PA, that is dedicated to helping parents manage their family’s mobile devices. In addition to a BS and MS from Carnegie Mellon University, he has over ten years of studying and working at Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon University in topics ranging from computer security to distributed systems.