How to use Android parental control apps

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands”. – Anne Frank

The parents’ primary role is to love their children. This is shown in practical ways such as physical protection, nurturing, providing food, education, and clothing, a roof over their heads, as well as medical care should they need it. It is also to ensure that their children’s home, school, and social environments are safe. Part of this protection includes teaching children right from wrong. Additionally, it’s important to teach them what is wrong for them can also be harmful to others. Furthermore, the parents’ goal is to protect their children from online dangers to which they may be vulnerable such as cyber bullying, online predators, age-inappropriate content, as well as open online games, etc.

Parental Control Apps: What, why and how?

It goes without saying that the individuality of a mobile phone makes it difficult for parents to monitor what their children are doing on their phones. Ergo, unless parents get hold of the device and it is not password-protected, there is no way that they will gain direct access to the phone content. Therefore, it’s a good idea to consider installing an app on all of your teens’ smartphones.

Essentially, this app will monitor and upload all of the phone’s traffic to an online server where parents will be able to access this data via a control panel or dashboard. It will also allow parents to track their children should they not be where they said they would be at a given moment.

Parental Control Apps: A case study

Possibly the best way to explain how a parental control app works is to look at a case study. Therefore, here is an example of how a parental control app can help parents protect their children.

As mentioned above, one of the functions of a control/monitoring/tracking app is to allow parents to track the whereabouts of their teens. My kids enjoy hiking and running in extreme mountain conditions. Unfortunately, accidents also happen, the weather turns bad, even when you are walking in a group, emergencies can occur. In this instance, my son was on a weekend hiking trip with friends, and he didn’t phone to say that he was off the mountain when he should have.

Later it transpired, that the weather had turned bad and he tripped and fell halfway down a steep rocky path. Needless to say, he wrenched his ankle so couldn’t walk. There was no phone signal because the storm clouds closed in, so his party hunkered down to wait out the weather.

Once I didn’t hear from him, I checked the geolocation tracker on the parental control app’s online dashboard. Once he lost signal, the phone stopped transmitting data; however, there was enough historical data to work out where he and his co-hikers were. It was a simple matter to call out Mountain Rescue, they hiked up to his last-known location, found the hikers, stabilised his ankle, and helped everyone off the mountain.

Final words

There are many known cases where parental control software allows the parents to intervene in a potentially dangerous situation; thereby, helping them fulfil their primary role of protecting and keeping their children safe.