Parenting has never been an easy task. The difficulty to manage kids has increased a notch with modern phones and other technology readily used by children. On one side increased awareness and openness to technology makes it difficult for parents to get hold of their children. On contrary, the same technology, used wisely, helps parents keep an eye on the children for their safety and well being. Let us have a look at some of the apps that would help make parenting more manageable.
Android Apps for Smart Parents.
Cozi Family Organizer
Organizing a family and making it work as a single unit requires a lot of planning. Parents have to chalk down all the important tasks that they need to do every single day of the week. With overwhelming amount of tasks to do, these lists can become really difficult to manage. Cozi Family Organizer helps parents organize and prioritize all important tasks without getting lost into the unending ordeal of tasks. The app can help parents administer all daily family chores, manage family calendar, and make sure no important dates like a crucial visit to the doctor are missed. Organizing all the tasks makes it super easy for parents to get all things done without losing track of anything important.
Lociloci – Mobile Phone Tracking
Lociloci is a mobile phone tracking service online that can come in very handy for all parents who want to have an eye on their children. It tracks a mobile phone’s location by receiving data from the transmission mast closest to that mobile phone. By looking at this website we found out that there are many mobile phone tracking apps and services that can be installed on your smartphone or ordinary phone. Lociloci for example can track all new GPS as well as old GSM phones. Its reliance on both GSM and GPS tracking technologies helps save battery. Whereas in GPS – only mobile tracking apps the battery is drained quickly. As Lociloci is not an app, users do not need to download it on their mobile phone or desktop. They can access the mobile phone tracking information an interactive map using any smartphone, tablet PC, or personal computer that can access the internet. Lociloci is currently available in four countries including the UK, Sweden, Finland, and Norway. You need to have a valid account for the country in which you want to locate a mobile phone. There is no limitation from where you can track a phone.
Lost phone apps
Don’t you hate it when your kids lose their phones. We stumbled on this review on android apps for retrieving lost mobile phones and we were amazed to find out how well Plan B works for find your lost phone. No matter what lost phone apps you install on your children’s phones, they need to be fully configured in order to work effectively. Parents are requested to ensure that they understand and correctly configure either Plan B or Where’s My Droid on their children’s phone. The simplest way to check if the app has been correctly installed or not is by checking the phone’s app if it works the way it is supposed to or not.
Plan B does what most of the other apps fail to do. It exploits a loophole that existed in the pre-Honeycomb android operating systems. This app fires up your smartphone remotely. The phone loser will have to login to Google Play using any web browser to install the app. The app will be installed on the phone despite of the fact that it wasn’t installed on the phone before it got lost. Once the app has been installed the user can use his Gmail account linked to his Google Play account to locate the phone within no time. Plan B does not only help you find your lost phone but also keeps you updating on regular interval about your phone’s latest location. There are very few apps which go that extra mile in helping you locate your phone. If the phone’s GPS is switched off, it tries to switch it on and if it fails to do so, it still keeps tracking the device using cell-tower triangulation technology.
Where’s my Droid
This is a free app designed to locate all android smartphones that run android 1.6 or higher version. This app works differently than many other apps. The user can send a secret attention word to the lost phone which activates the phone’s find-me mode. The phone is automatically set from vibration to ringer with significant increase in the volume. Once the message is sent, the phone rings for 30 seconds (good enough to trace it if it is within the audible range). Similarly, a different word may also switch on the GPS of the phone. If you are successfully able to find the phone, the app Where’s My Droid will send you the exact coordinates of the phone’s location as longitude and latitude which can be put in Google Maps to find the exact phone location. A key advantage of this app is that unlike many other apps, it does not constantly send information about its location, which saves the battery for longer time, giving phone user more time to locate the phone. A lot of features for this app are free. However, for some of the more advanced features like remote wipe capabilities, you need to subscribe to the pro version.
Budget management is one of the most important tasks that parents have to look after. Every family nowadays is trying to efficiently run all the home affairs to make savings for bigger investments. ShopSavvy is one such app that helps you get things done economically. There are many shopping apps that claim to help you save money but few of them really go the extra mile to add real value. ShopSavvy allows you to take a picture of the product’s barcode using your phone. The app identifies the product and finds the best deals locally available for it. The app adds to your convenience by helping you locate the nearest stores carrying that product using Google Maps.
Trendmicro Mobile Security for Android (Free):
Trendmicro Mobile Security helps overcome the virus and web security issues for children. This app successfully adds necessary filters and helps successfully implement parental controls. Unlike many other apps, this app works just fine with any kind of internet connection used by smartphones. There are three different security levels that parents can set for their children depending on their preferences. The app does more than just censoring internet accessibility; it also helps avoid unsolicited phone calls and messages. Parents can for example block specific numbers or all anonymous numbers. The app also predefines an action for incoming calls or messages. Parents can also look at the log history to see which phone calls and messages have been blocked by the app.
Are you a worried mom always wondering what to cook today? Millions of moms around the world ask this question to themselves every day. This app is made just to solve this problem. The app will not only come up with suggestions on what to cook but will also guide you with a how-to step-by-step process for reach recipe recommended. The app is particularly designed to help moms cook dishes that kids really love to eat. Similarly, added cooking instructions come in really handy for moms not very good at cooking.