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MMGuardian 3.0 Beta Test

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Please note that the new features described below are now included in the normal release version of the apps We are currently Beta testing a new version of the MMGuardian Parental Control app for Android. This includes a built-in SMS/MMS Messaging app, to allow for blocking of SMS messages, and auto-fallback to use SMS Commands […]


Keeping Track of What Your Kids Do Online – Part 2

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In the first part of this mini series, we shared a link to an clip from Fox31 in Denver that covered some of the more common apps that kids use. Fox31 also have a short clip and write up covering some of the more common codes and acronyms that kids use online and which we’ve […]


Understanding how teens think and act

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An MMGuardian using parent alerted us to this highly informative special report from CNN. If you’ve ever wondered or struggled to understand what it’s like to be 13 in these days of smart phones, selfies and social media, this YouTube video is a must-see.


Keeping Track of What Your Kids Do Online – Part 1

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We’ll be posting articles over the next few weeks about the importance of knowing what apps your child is using, and how that can impact the task of keeping track of what they are doing online. To kick off these articles, we’re starting off with a link to a nice article from Fox 31 Denver: […]


Acronyms kids use online that all parents should know

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Proactively monitoring your kid’s social media and online activities is one thing. Understanding what they and their online friends are saying is sometimes another! Here’s a reminder of some of the “old favorite” expressions that kids use: Fox 31 Denver article on common acronyms used by kids


How to avoid excessive costs of in-app purchases

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In the not so distant past, there were regular press stories about kids that had run up huge bills on in-app purchases. Thankfully, Apple and Google have been improving things over the years, and now the default settings are usually sensible. You may however want to double-check things, to be sure. So, here are some […]


Educating parents to be vigilant in monitoring children’s electronic devices

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We’re hugely grateful to Amanda, an MMGuardian using parent, for sharing this news story with us. Amanda is a vocal proponent of both using technology such as MMGuardian, as well as good parenting, to address the risks posed by a child’s use of smartphones. She has created, and is talking at (hence truly vocal!), a […]


Is easy access to internet via smartphones making children ill?

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Earlier this year, we came across the following news report which presents the findings of child psychotherapist Julie Lynn Evans: Are smartphones making our children mentally ill? The story describes her concern that unfetter access to websites, especially due to the use of smartphones, may be behind a significant growth in mental health issues that […]


Why parents should know what apps their kids are using

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A rather scary reminder of the importance of parent’s knowing about the apps that their children are using on their smartphones. The app in question was actually an app that disguised itself as appearing to be perfectly innocent, but actually was an app to hide sensitive photos stored on the phone. http://wqad.com/2015/11/09/students-sexting-puts-colorado-high-school-at-center-of-felony-investigation/


The most popular Social Media is Texting!

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It seems that teens prefer to send a text message. http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/06/facebook-texting-teens-instagram-snapchat-most-popular-social-network/373043/ That’s right, not Facebook messenger and not Snapchat! More high schoolers use texting more often than other forms of messaging, according to analysis performed by The Atlantic of research performed by Niche.  Of the 7,000 teens who were polled,  87%  use text messaging (SMS) at […]