The MamaBear App offers several benefits as a family locator for iPhone and other iOS powered Apple devices. The most popular MamaBear feature is, quite simply, locating family.
The MamaBear family locator for iPhone allows families to locate each other quickly and efficiently.
This can help both day-to-day parenting as well as during family outings and vacations. Parents and kids can both save themselves time and trouble by using the MamaBear app to communicate their location. Parents can use the app to check on the child’s location at the tap of the app and can selectively share their own location with their children when they choose. Children can check in with parents and notify them of a variety of needs and situations with a simple three button interface.
Families of all sizes can benefit this spring and summer from the MamaBear family locator features and alerts for iPhone. When parents can readily locate their children across a large area, it opens up a wealth of options on vacations and family trips. Parents can allow children a lot more freedom on playgrounds and parks, as well as on larger trips like beach vacations and amusement park visits. The GPS features and location alerts from MamaBear allow parents to watch their children’s location from a distance, and receive an alert when they have entered or left a specified location. This makes letting the kids have a little adventure that’s worry-free for parents.
When used as a family locator for iPhone, MamaBear gives children a measure of extra freedom and safety.
Children don’t need to call to check in when they have the MamaBear app. Parents simply receive alerts for programed destinations. Or children can choose to check in with parents with a single button tap, saving time and alerting parents when they have arrived somewhere new. Children can also use the one touch app to call for a ride, or alert parents of an emergency situation. This means mom and dad aren’t calling or texting often because they’re worried. We encourage parent to open up their children’s location boundaries with this new knowledge in the palm of their hands.
The MamaBear app is easy to install onto iPhones, iPads and other iOS powered devices running iOS 4.3 or later. The children’s version of the app works best on an iPhone 4 or better, which offers advanced GPS functionality that MamaBear uses for optimal results. Parents can use any web enabled iOS device to monitor children but should also use a phone with advanced GPS to effectively share their own location.
The MamaBear app is available in the App Store and can be used to track and communicate multiple children via email and push based alerts. This makes MamaBear an excellent solution for a wide range of summer activities for families of all sizes. With MamaBear, the kids can learn to grow and explore places, events and social situations while we parents maintain a watchful eye from an unprecedented distance.
The MamaBear app is also available for download on Android-powered devices in the Google Play Store.
The sickening tragedy in Boston has made the MamaBear app team pause and reflect on how thankful we are to go home every day to our families. It also makes us consider how vital it is for us to know where our family members are when disaster strikes. Disasters and emergency situations can evolve rapidly. When they do, standard communications simply aren’t good enough when we desperately need to check on the well-being of our loved ones.
Here are some technology pointers from a recent Wired article as well as our top tips to help communicate faster and easier when trying to locate family or share your location with family during an emergency situation:
1. Stay off the cell phone.
While calling is the obvious choice for many parents, rely on other types of communication during an emergency. The fact is calling doesn’t usually do very much good in most disaster situations. First responders need an open phone line into danger zones, and cellular service may be blacked out entirely due to interference. Calling over and over again can actively slow down rescue or relief efforts, while causing unnecessary stress as we wait.
Try to rely on a data connection and reach out through social, email or text if at all possible. Texting is almost always a better option than calling as it uses less data and can be far faster.
*But, it’s also important we remember a phone number, and teach our kids a phone number – don’t rely on saved contacts. Should you or your family get to a landline, know which number to dial by memory.
2. Conserve your battery.
- Make sure you close out unnecessary apps running in the background – games, multiple social or location apps will use battery life. Only run necessary apps when needed – texting or locator apps. Mulitple apps running in the background will undoubtedly eat up battery life.
- If you’re not firmly connected to a WiFi signal and your phone is constantly scanning for connection, turn off WiFi – reducing the constant scanning can help conserve.
- You can also change some device settings – lower the brightness of your screen and reduce time lengths of screen lock.
- Have a back-up. Use or carry a battery case and try to bring a charging cord with you as much as possible should you have access to outlets.
3. Apps are Your Friend in a Disaster.
Apps sometimes use entirely different communications protocols than standard digital options. It can be vital to teach our kids to use social media apps, and run locator apps like MamaBear during a disaster. Social media sites are monitored by thousands of users in disaster situations, and reaching out through social media apps is continuing to prove effective in a huge range of emergency and disaster situations. The MamaBear family monitoring app provides one touch options to check in with parents quickly and parents can share their location quickly with their children as well.
The MamaBear App works hard to protect our children and honor families everyday and our sense of urgency and importance becomes greater in emergency situations. Have a discussion with your family about what to do in an emergency situation and have a plan. Stay Safe.
The makers of the MamaBear family tracker app know a little something about spring parenting. Every year spring means traveling for thousands of kids all around the United States. As our kids grow up, they want to do more than simple afternoon trips and sleepovers. Day trips to amusement parks, camping trips and spring break trips are all commonplace for modern tweens and teens. To ensure our children have a safe and easy spring travel experience, we’ve made a list of five good options parents should pack for their children.
1. Extra Clothes
Even when our kids pack well, they aren’t always prepared for sudden weather shifts or bad weather days that are fairly frequent in many spring break locations. Packing a few extra days’ worth of clothes will ensure your kids stay warm, clean and dry over a camping trip or extended spring trip.
It’s utterly astounding what our kids think they can live off of when we aren’t around. A diet of fast food, gas station sandwiches and energy drinks will make any trip less fun for our kids. We’ve found that every time we pack healthy snacks and drinks for our kids, they eat them! They can gain valuable nutrition even away from home.
Even when we take our kids with us on spring break, kids can be a bit of a money sink. Eating out for most meals, buying knick-knacks and general entertainment like arcades and movie theaters cost even more in many common spring destinations. Packing a little extra money away that our kids can access in case of an emergency can make all the difference to our kids’ vacation.
4. Cell Phone and an Extra Charger
Spring trips and spring break can make an excellent time to give a child a cellphone. Even for kids that already have a cellphone, parents can rest a little easier if they know the phone made it onto the trip and that chargers are available. Packing an extra charger lets us know the phone is charged and on for the entire trip. This is especially important if you’ve loaded installed a parenting app like the MamaBear family tracking app.
5. MamaBear app
The MamaBear family tracking app was made to give parents peace of mind over exactly this type of occasion. With MamaBear installed onto a child’s phone, a parent can easily monitor their locations, as well as their social activity. This lets us know our kids are behaving as much as we expect them to over a spring trip.
By following these five easy tips from the makers of the MamaBear family tracking app, parents can make sure their children have a safe and successful spring trip.
MamaBear presents an easy solution to parents who are curious about using a child tracking device. As long as GPS tracking has been available, parents have looked at it as a potential parenting solution in the form of child tracking devices. The market for a functional, effective and affordable child tracking device continues to expand. Key chains, bracelets, fobs that hang from backpacks are all viable versions of a child tracking device. The most recent wave of GPS advancement, particularly when it comes to smartphones, has given birth to apps making smartphones a popular, and effective, solution when parents want an easy child tracking device.
When GPS tracking technology first became commercially available, it still tended to be a little bulky. This made tracking anything require a large and extensive setup like a LoJack and was prohibitively expensive. As GPS technology got better, the average GPS tracker shrunk and the costs dropped. This gave parents the first wave of functional child tracking devices. Now a parent has several options for a child tracking device. Ultimately micro GPS technology has made smartphones an effective option to track our children.
Apps like MamaBear are cheaper than key fobs or GPS enabled accessories. With many children already receiving smartphones and at younger and younger ages, a child tracking app can turn any GPS enabled smartphone into a child tracking device. This means that parents can double the value of a phone, by saving parents from having to buy an additional GPS tracker.
Accessories and key fobs can easily be lost. Giving a child a smartphone for the first time with a pre-loaded GPS tracking app is a convincing argument to try the app out. Phones are also far less likely to be left behind or forgotten somewhere – what kid do you know with a cellphone that doesn’t have it attached to them at all times?
While there is certainly room in the growing market for alternate child tracking devices, we think that apps are by far the best option. The technology has pushed the GPS tracking market into existing cellphone technology, making it inexpensive you already plan on your children using a smartphone. Children are more likely to accept a child tracking device if it comes in the form of a new Android phone or iOS enabled device than a keychain or tracking bracelet. Children are also less likely to throw away a phone loaded with an app like MamaBear than they may be to lose a GPS bracelet or keychain dongle. MamaBear continues to push the technology and application further, by adding social media and location based alerts to standard GPS tracking. Today’s world presents bigger risks for our kids which means more responsibility for parents. Let technology help.
MamaBear child tracking app is available on the iPhone here
MamaBear child tracking app is available on Android smartphones here