3 Apps Shut Down Phones

Here are 3 apps that parents can use to shut down their kid’s phones.

But should they be used and if they are going to be used how should they be used. Here’s what they are and a few thoughts on when and how to use them.

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TeenSafe

One parent writes: “With TeenSafe, I can press a simple button on my phone’s screen and I can pause my child’s access to their phone for as long as I want. No matter where my kids are, the phone won’t work. It will only make calls to me. Or the cops. I can schedule times for the phone to be out of service—during school, or dinner, or homework or when they should be sleeping. Or, when they’re being annoying. Or won’t unpack the dishwasher.”

What do you think? Do You agree?

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Ignore No More

Ignore No More: Home-made app shuts down children’s phones if parents’ calls go ignored

According to Tech Trends, “to make the app work, parents would have to install the app on their smartphone and the phones of their children. When the child acts out and doesn’t pick up the phone, a parent can exert control by locking the device. This is a basically a two-step process, a parent would only need to type in their child’s name and then enter a secret password that’s at least four digits long. Once a parent does that, the phone would be automatically locked, preventing their child from going on the Internet or playing games. The only way to unlock the phone would be to call the parent.

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OurPact

Parental Control and Screen Time Management

Here’s what the developers say about the app:  “OurPact is a breakthrough parental control app that enables parental involvement in children’s device habits through Internet and application blocking. Our parental control solution allows parents to manage their child’s screen time at any time, and from anywhere. Enforcing bedtime, dinnertime, study time and family time throughout the day has never been easier. By pairing your family’s iPads, iPhones, and iPods to OurPact, you have the power to manage your entire family’s screen time & device use from one powerful application.

We enable parents to:

  • – Block children’s Internet
  • – Block children’s apps
  • – Schedule Internet and app use according to your child’s daily routine
  • – Establish screen-free bedtime, dinnertime, study time and family time
  • – Create custom, recurring schedules for any activity or time frame
  • – Block Internet and apps at-a-touch
  • – Manage device access on Wi-Fi and all cellular connections (3G, 4G LTE, etc.)
  • – Allow Website and App access, whenever you feel your child needs additional time
  • – Block distracting 3rd Party Apps: Block Facebook, Block SnapChat, Block Instagram, Block Twitter, etc.

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Using Blocking Apps

Most teens assure parents that they would never abuse their phone privileges. Of course, that is before they get the device. Within hours of getting the phone they are loading on apps that parents may or may not approve of. Without any agreement with the parents or code of conduct usage can spiral out of control. (You’ve heard that the average screen time for a teen is 9.3 hours, right?)

One expert suggests that you get this permission from your son or daughter before the blocking app is loaded on to the device. “Definitely not behind a child’s back,” says Yalda T. Uhls, author of Media Moms and Digital Dads .“When you first give a child a phone, if you are transparent and get buy-in from the kid, I think it’s a good idea to look at their messages and shut down phone at night.”

My wife and I always made our kids agree to being able to look at the phone any time that we wanted. Our daughters knew also that if their grades slipped or they abused the phone use agreement they would have to surrender their phone for a time.

Sometimes Necessary

It is unfortunate if a teen doesn’t shut the phone down when they are supposed to. If the parent pays for the service they should have every right to take it back or shut it off if rules are not being respected. Blocking Apps are a strong indicator that many parents are frustrated and need help reign in screen time and smart phone abuse. If this is what it takes some parents should load this on when they give their son or daughter a phone

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Ron Powell

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Ron Powell is the Director of the Youth Ministry Institute at Vanguard College. He has been involved in youth ministry for 30 years. He continues to volunteer, write, teach, and speak to parents, leaders and teens. If you would like to contact him you can email ron.powell@vanguardcollege.com