Verizon's FamilyBase Arms Parents with More Control
Verizon Wireless recently announced FamilyBase, a new online tool that can be used by account holders to maintain some control over the lines associated with their account. Verizon is pitching the service to parents who want to restrict or limit their children's use of smartphones. The service can be used to monitor and limit calling, texting, app use/purchases, as well as set time restrictions, and manage contact lists. FamilyBase can also let account holders remotely lock a phone. FamilyBase costs $5 per month and covers up to 10 lines. It is compatible with Android smartphones, but not BlackBerries, the iPhone, or Windows Phone.
Google's Family Link App to Help Manage Kid Phones
Google today announced Family Link, an app and service parents can use to set up and monitor Android smartphones for their children. Parents can use the app to create Google accounts for kids younger than age 13, which is linked to the parent account.
Facebook Adds Sleep Mode to Messenger Kids for More Parental Control
Facebook today gave parents more control over the Messenger Kids application. The new sleep mode allows parents to set designated on and off times for the app.
Facebook Says Parents Can Trust Its 'Messenger Kids' Service
Facebook today rolled out a new messaging service for children under the age of 13. Messenger Kids is a mobile application that gives kids the power to communicate via text and video with approved family members and friends.
Verizon Smart Family Is A Refreshed Way to Manage Kids' Smartphones
Verizon Wireless today debuted Verizon Smart Family, a revamped service to help parents keep track of how their kids use their phones. The app allows parents to manage screen time by pausing the internet, to check battery status, and to view texts and calls.
YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.