Down the Rabbit Hole… the Web Gives Parents New Tools for Child Tracking

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Many parents use the Internet for myriad reasons. Some have Facebook accounts so they can share photos of their kids with faraway loved ones, while others go online to research everything from vaccinations to potty training to university applications. Some parents, however, are using the Internet for child tracking, both online and outside the house.

According to New York Times technology writer Somini Sengupta:

If, a few years ago, the emphasis was on blocking children from going to inappropriate sites on the family computer, today’s technologies promise to embed Mom and Dad — and occasionally Grandma — inside every device that children are using, and gather intelligence on them wherever they go.

In her article in The New York Times last June, “‘Big Brother’? No, It’s Parents,” Ms. Sengupta discusses a number of ways parents can use the Web to keep tabs on their kids. This includes a smartphone app that lets parents know if their kids are texting while driving and an online service that vigilantly monitors a child’s Facebook activity.

The Tween Internet Safety Survey, commissioned by Cox Communications in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), found that 95 percent of tweens (children ages 10 to 13) are using mobile devices to access the Web. While 68 percent of parents who participated in the Tween Internet Safety Survey reported they monitored their children’s mobile devices, only 1 in 5 (17 percent) actually use basic parental control features, including age appropriate Web content filtering on smartphones, tablets and game consoles.

The 2X MDM team wants more parents to use the technology available for child tracking – we want to make it so you’ll know exactly where your children are at all times, and that they’re safe. 2X MDM is ideal for parents. Its features include:

  • Remote deployment and removal of apps: review all apps your children have installed on their devices, remove harmful apps quickly and easily.
  • Remote lock: in case someone other than your child is using the device.
  • Data wipe: if your child loses his or her phone, even if it isn’t connected to the Internet, you can delete all data, emails, messages and personal photos, so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

We want to help the other 4 out of 5 parents do a better job of child tracking this year. Sign up for your free 2X MDM account and get started with our step by step guide.

Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.