Features of MMGuardian App for Android Phone
– Know which apps are used, when and for how long.
– Spot whether your child is spending too much time playing games or is using their phone inappropriately during class or homework time.
– Use this information to decide whether to set or modify app usage restrictions in App Control.
– View all SMS messages sent by or to your child*.
– Read as a conversation or view all messages each day.
– SMS reporting is enabled by default, but can be disabled.
– See who your child is talking with, when and for how long.
– Use this information to decide whether to set up or modify Call Block rules.
– Call reporting is enabled by default, but can be disabled.
– Keep abreast of what your child is searching for and viewing on the internet.
– You can use the Web Filter function to limit browsing to websites that you deem as appropriate.
– Web browsing reporting requires that the Web Filter is turned on and that your child uses the MMGuardian Safe Browser that is part of the MMGuardian application.
In order to reduce battery and data usage on your child’s phone, reports are only automatically sent once per day, just past midnight to cover the previous day. However, up to the minute reports from the child’s phone can be requested at any time of the day.
* To receive SMS reports it is necessary to set the MMG Parental Control app to be the default messaging app for the phone, and for your child to use the MMG Messaging part of the MMGuardian app for SMS and MMS messages.
The flexibility of Time Limits enables you to set lock times that are tailored to the specific needs of your family and child.
You can set different lock times for school nights and weekend nights. And, if desired, additional times during the week to cater for activities such as sports training, music lessons or various periods of time throughout school days when you want to differentiate between class times and free time.
See also the App Control function for information about how to handle periods such as homework times, when you might not want to lock the phone totally, but would want to block games.
You can create groups of apps and assign different restrictions to each group. So for example, you may want to restrict use of games to only between 5 pm and 7 pm during the week, but to allow usage at any time at weekends.
Additionally, daily usage limits can be set such as to only allow games apps to be used for up to 1 hour per day.
There is also an option to automatically set newly installed apps to be blocked. You’ll receive an alert when a new app is installed and can decide whether to leave it blocked, to allow it but with usage restrictions or to allow the app to be used at any time.
Location and Track
Use the Track function to set up schedules when the app will send you a report of the phone’s location. The system accommodates both simple needs, such as reporting location every 30 mins from 8 am to 6 pm, as well as more complex needs to cater for individual circumstances.
For example, you may want to be sure that your child goes directly to and from school and track location every 15 minutes from 8 am to 10 am and again from 3 pm to 5 pm on school days, as well as during some evenings or at weekends for out of school activities.
Web Filter & Safe Browsing
When Web Filter is enabled, MMGuardian will automatically block other popular web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Accordingly, your child must use the MMGuardian Safe Browser to browse the internet.
When using the MMGuardian Safe Browser, categories of websites that are deemed inappropriate for the chosen age range will be blocked, based on the categorisation of the website content. Categories include Adult, Porn, Gambling, Drugs, Phishing and many more.
Whilst all you need to do is to select an appropriate age range, but you can also customise which categories will be blocked or allowed. Additionally, you can set ‘overrides’ to always allow or block specific web site addresses, irrespective of the site’s categorisation.
Call and SMS blocking
Contact Block can be set either to block mode or allow mode. In block mode, calls* and SMS messages with numbers that are on the block list will be blocked. When set to allow mode, only calls* and SMS messages with numbers in the allowed list will be permitted and all others will be blocked.
To block SMS messages it is necessary to set the MMG Parental Control app to be the default messaging app for the phone, and for your child to use the MMG Messaging part of the MMGuardian app for SMS and MMS messages.
* In general, only incoming calls will be blocked. On some Samsung phone models, outgoing calls will also be blocked.
Whether you are concerned about sexting, bullying, or use of inappropriate words, just add the relevant words into the sensitive word list and let the MMGuardian application discretely monitor the text messages that your child is exposed to.
For Text Monitor to work it is necessary to set the MMG Parental Control app to be the default messaging app for the phone, and for your child to use the MMG Messaging part of the MMGuardian app for SMS and MMS messages.
If you are using a Parent App on your own phone, the alerts will be delivered to that app and you’ll get a alert notification on your phone. The alerts are also sent to the Parent Web Portal, so can also be viewed there. A copy of the picture that caused an image alert will be saved, and can be viewed, in the child phone app.
For Inappropriate Image Alerts to also include images contained in MMS messages, it is necessary to set the MMG Parental Control app to be the default messaging app for the phone, and for your child to use the MMG Messaging part of the MMGuardian app for SMS and MMS messages.
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Common Questions about MMGuardian App for Android Phone
Either install the MMGuardian Parent App to your own phone or log into the secure Parent Web Portal using a web browser on your desktop, laptop or tablet.
Yes, there is a special Emergency button on the MMGuardian lock screen. Tap that to get to the phone’s emergency call dial pad.
Yes, there is a special Contact Admin button on the MMGuardian lock screen. Tap that, then select to call or SMS the parent (admin) phone.
Yes, install the MMGuardian Parental Control child phone app for Android onto your kid’s phone and the MMGuardian Parent App for iPhone onto your own phone.
Ideally, yes. While on-device functions such as Time Limits and App Control will work without an internet connection, commands to the child phone app and alerts and reports from the app will either not work or at least be subject to potentially long delays unless the phone has an internet connection.
Due to the way that these sorts of apps encode messages, it is sadly not currently possible to monitor and report messages or images that are exchanged using these apps.
We incorporate a number of sophisticated mechanisms to prevent a child from working around the app and believe that MMGuardian has the best tamper prevention protection in the industry.