So, you bought your child’s first mobile phone, and now you’re searching for the best possible parental controls out there, the ultimate parenting app, to protect your child from everything lurking on the other side of the screen. How can you make sure you pick the right app, and not regret your choice?
Many parents have the same story – we’ve tried parental controls, but stopped using them at some point. Some felt the apps they chose were too intrusive, or painted an overly negative image of the way children use their phone. Others did not trust the information provided by the app. Some felt that it didn’t provide enough value or useful information, and only rarely send updates they could actually use to help their child.
As a result, they just stopped using those apps, and returned to just worrying about what might be happening on their child’s phone.
So how do you choose the best parental monitoring app? We have some tips for you.
Finding the best parental monitoring app
- Don’t block content: Don’t use an app that blocks content on your child’s phone. That’s the easy solution. Children need to develop a sense of right and wrong, and self-control, to be able to govern themselves in the future and become healthy adults. This goal is tough to achieve with apps that outright block offensive content. Not to mention that if a child really wishes access to a certain website, they’ll find ways to get it, whether through a friend’s phone or other technological means.
- Give your child some privacy: Privacy can be extremely important for a child’s healthy development. Without some degree of privacy, no child would be able to gain a sense of independence that is necessary for successful adulthood. However, the parent’s authority and guidance are very important. Children do not always have the best of knowledge of the world, nor the best of judgment, and need their parent’s involvement to keep them safe and away from trouble.
Some might say that the great balancing act of good parenting is to find the right mix of privacy and supervision – one which fits both the child’s maturity level and the parents’ parenting style. A good parental monitoring app should be able to maintain that balance.
- Find out about the good, not only the bad: Just like the news, parental control apps tend to focus on the negatives. They might tell parents about access to adult websites, or other age-inappropriate content, but neglect to tell parents their son is much more social than the average child, or that their daughter is really into modern art. A good parental control app will point out the positive aspects of a child’s
life,and give parents a more accurate glimpse into their child’s online and offline habits.
- Tips, guides and advice: Find a monitoring app that also gives you extra value, in the form of tips, advice and guides. You don’t have to use them, but you never know when a guide to Snapchat’s privacy settings, or a talking point on a sensitive subject like adult content or screen time addiction might come in handy. Previous generations had parenting books and shows, and this generation has access to a much more powerful and immediate source of information.
What are your options?
There aren’t many parenting apps that do all of the above. Many parenting apps opt to block content indiscriminately, or to just allow parents to turn off their child’s phone remotely. Others just give parents blind statistics with very little context.
At this point, you’re probably realizing what we’re getting at – We think you should consider Jiminy as your parenting apps.
Jiminy never blocks content – we believe blocking is the easy solution, that does not achieve the parent’s ultimate goal of raising a healthy child in a crazy digital world.
Jiminy protects children’s privacy – we never show parents the contents of messages or specific websites or photos. We do let parents know when something is wrong, so they can step in at the right moment and provide their own kind of guidance and support.
Jiminy let’s you know about the cool stuff your child is into – whether your son is making new friends, or if your daughter is interested in comic books. You’ll know more about your child life, and find more ways to connect.
Jiminy provides value – our updates contain advice and tips, written by expert clinical psychologists. We leave parents the option of hearing the advice, or just the plain facts.
You can protect your child’s phone today. Click here to start.
And if you’re not convinced yet – click here to find out more about Jiminy’s technology and values at www.jiminy.me