Helpful Tools for Parents

Many parents often express their concerns about how to manage technology and keep up with the changing nature of new apps and online risks. This is especially challenging when compared to the easy navigation of the online world by their digitally native children.

The good news for parents is that technology itself can be a powerful tool in managing devices and keeping children and teenagers safe in the online world.

See below for our tried-and-tested recommendations for helpful cyber safety tools for Australian families. 

PARENTAL CONTROL TOOL:

OUR PICK: FAMILY ZONE

Family Zone is one of the world's leading tools for parents to manage their child's online behaviour. Family Zone allows parents to set bedtimes for kids, restrict access to social media platforms, and filter inappropriate content. Unlike many other similar tools, Family Zone settings remain applied outside of the home.

In additional to practical settings and filters, parents also receive expert advice from industry specialists, providing information on the latest apps, sites and trends that all parents need to be aware of, plus custom designed age-appropriate settings for each individual child.

To sign up to receive ongoing support and advice from ySafe while using Family Zone, please follow this link.

Restrict social media

Manage use of social apps and in-app purchasing. Block social media apps or allow access to them when desired.

Manage screen time

Set routines for what kids can access, and when. Internet access is switched off automatically at a set time.

Safe content

Block inappropriate content, filter YouTube videos, and moderate online searches.

Reports

Receive regular reports about your child's online activities, and receive regular information about new apps.

LOCATION TRACKING TOOL:

OUR PICK: LIFE360

Life360 is a free platform that helps keep families connected. Parents can use the app to make phone calls and send text messages to kids, but Life360 goes beyond that to make sure parents know what's going on with their family at all times.

Parents can check in on kids by viewing their locations on a private map. which has proven invaluable to many parents of primary and pre-teen aged children. Parents love that they don't need to call or text their child, just check up on them in the app. It's a good way to make sure they made it to a friend's place or football training safely. 

Live location tracking

Locate children on the device in real time, giving specific addresses and tracking routes travelled.

Communication

Send alerts to family members, or make direct contact with kids over the app, to see if they arrived safely.

Battery

Visibility of battery life on each child's phone. Parents can see child's last location if phone battery dies.

Privacy

Families can select who are in their 'Circle', in order to maintain privacy of family members' locations.

OTHER TOOLS

Our Pick- Oyoty 

What does it do?
Oyoty is a personal e-safety assistant for children. It is an educational tool that is designed to help children build critical understanding about posting and commenting on social media platforms. The app helps children make decisions about whether their posts are safe or appropriate. 

Why we like it?
Oyoty detects threats and risks on smart devices and social networks. Oyoty then guides the child how to deal with risks/threats and delivers educational content to encourage safer online behaviour.
For more information, visit the Oyoty website.

Our Pick- Moment

What does it do?
Moment is an app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.

Why we like it?
The app is user friendly, and gives interesting insights into how much time was spent immersed in certain apps. It creates transparency about how much time we are really spending looking at our screens..
For more information, visit the Moment website.

Our Pick- Moment 

What does it do?
Moment is an app that automatically tracks how much you use your iPhone and iPad each day. If you’re using your phone too much, you can set daily limits on yourself and be notified when you go over. You can even force yourself off your device when you’re over your limit.

Why we like it?
The app is user friendly, and gives interesting insights into how much time was spent immersed in certain apps. It creates transparency about how much time we are realling spending looking at our screens..  
For more information, visit the Moment website.

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