T-Mobile Now Lets Parents Stalk Kids for Free
T-Mobile USA today announced the availability of FamilyWhere Check In, a new free service that lets members of family plans provide SMS-based location updates to others on the plan. Users can check in to specific locations and send an SMS with a map link embedded in the message. That map link can be viewed in any web browser so parents can see the whereabouts of their children. The application offers on-demand access to all the devices in a family plan; supports a wide range of devices (even ones with no GPS); and supports automatic alerts that are sent when family members stray from where they are supposed to be. The service uses SMS and normal messaging charges will apply, but there is no monthly fee to use it. FamilyWhere Locate is a richer service that provides a real-time view of family devices and better tracking abilities, but costs $9.99 per month. Family Where Check In is a free download from the Android Market.
Republic Wireless Relay Is a Google-Powered, Walkie-Talkie Phone for Kids
Republic Wireless today announced the Relay, a simple, screenless device meant to help young children communicate with their parents and other family members. The Relay is small, puck-like speakerphone with a single large button.
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 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.
Google Debuts Family Library for Play Store Purchases
Google today introduced the Google Play Family Library, which allows a single account holder to share purchases with up to six family members. Google says eligible app, game, movie, TV show, and book purchases from the Play Store can be shared across Android and iOS devices, as well as the web with no additional sign-up fee.