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.
Facebook Says Parents Can Trust Its 'Messenger Kids' Service
Dec 4, 2017
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.
YouTube Kids to Give Parents More Control
Apr 25, 2018
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.
Republic Wireless Relay Is a Google-Powered, Walkie-Talkie Phone for Kids
Dec 7, 2017
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.
Republic Wireless' Relay Smart Speakerphone for Kids Now On Sale
May 14, 2018
Republic Wireless today made its Relay, a screen-less speakerphone meant to help young children communicate with family members, available for sale. The device was first announced in December 2017.
Microsoft Adds Parental Controls to Android Launcher and Edge
May 31, 2018
Microsoft today introduced new tools for parents that can help them manage their kids' use of mobile devices. The Microsoft Launcher for Android phones now includes location history so parents can see their children's last known location with a time stamp.