Instagram went online in 2010 and rapidly exploded into the 130 million user social media juggernaut that it is today. The popular photo app works on both Android and iOS platforms. The allure of easy photo sharing, liking photos, tagging and the unique filters and editing options make the app an endless source of social entertainment. The thought of our kids sharing/viewing photos and now videos with and from 130 million people could be source of anxiety for many parents. Other social video apps like Vine already have a following, and the switch can be a hassle for established users. This leaves a large community of young users that may not migrate, until of course their friends aren’t there anymore.
Instagram video allows for uploads of a 15 second video and joins the same stream as photos.
This addition to the stream doesn’t introduce new risk, maybe just some surprise when anticipating a photo to instead see a video. However, the explore tab of Instagram has been and continues to be unsettling. Search anything you’d like and be presented with that category of photos and now videos. Preying adults and curious kids can easily cross paths by exploring Instagram.
As recommended prior to the introduction of video, be sure your child’s account is set to private.
Talk to your kids about talking to strangers. Stranger danger rules apply online the same as in person. They should not follow anyone they don’t know. And if your kids are going to post videos, talk to them about what’s appropriate. Keep in mind revealing location, school name and other personal information can be a lot easier in a video than in a photo so they need to be extra careful to avoid potentially very dangerous situations.
MamaBear Instagram notifications can inform parents when a child is tagged in a photo or video, as well as when they add a follower or are contacted by a restricted follower. In addition parents can build a restricted word list to be notified when those words are used on their child’s Instagram feed. We’ll do our part to continue to monitor Instagram video to ensure parents are up to date with new features. Parents, we rely on you to teach your kids proper use of social media.
Many parents wonder if they should adopt a family GPS tracker app or service. There are many benefits to using a Family GPS Tracker like MamaBear, but we know parents can always use a little more justification.
Here are the top five reasons why our customers use a family GPS tracker like MamaBear, in addition to a few tips on what separates the better family GPS tracker apps.
1. Worry Less
The first and most obvious benefit of a family GPS tracker app is the way it provides parents peace of mind. By easily knowing where your kids are without having to call, parents can get the information they need to ease some anxiety. You may even look like less of a nag by not interrupting social hang out time to simply check in with your kids.
2. Get to Your Kids Quickly
A family GPS tracker app allows parents to know where their kids are in the case of an emergency, an unexpected or uncomfortable circumstance. A parent can start heading toward their child’s location immediately.
3. Know if They Go Somewhere They Shouldn’t
One very basic function of a family GPS tracker app is letting parents know if a child has strayed from established boundaries to places that could be dangerous. A family GPS tracker with alerts is particularly useful for accountability.
4. Know When They Leave
A good family GPS tracker can also let you know when your kids have left a location. For instance, with MamaBear, parents can set the Drop-Off alert to notify them when their child leaves their current location.
5. Give Them an Emergency Lifeline
One of the most important components of a family GPS tracker app is protecting the kids. GPS apps that give kids an easy panic button to inform parents that there is an emergency, and they need help are by far the best options.
When you are looking for a family GPS tracker, you should look for a few features. Accuracy is important; being able to track your kid’s as close to accurate location is half the point, as is continuous tracking without the app closing or having intermittent location tracking times. A minimal cost to battery life is also important though most all location services app have some affect on battery life. Easy to view maps, detailed views and historical views are all good qualities in an app. Apps that provide parental alerts are usually the best saving parents time from having to always open the app.
MamaBear packs all of these features into one easy to use family GPS tracker app. We developed the MamaBear app to give parents the widest range of options possible in a simple interface. We’ve built the app with protecting our children top of mind and always honoring families.
Does dropping your kids off at a friend’s house leave you anxious or nervous? Do you ever wonder if they are staying there or going somewhere else? If so, I know how you feel. It’s a pretty normal reaction as our kids start taking further steps away from us and out into the world. I imagine every parent deals with drop off anxiety at some point in their child’s life, probably more likely in the tween/teen years when they want to go to a friend’s house you may not know so well or to the movies or mall without you. With the MamaBear child tracker app; you can have a little peace of mind and maybe be a bit more willing to drop your child off.
The MamaBear app allows parents to monitor the child’s location in real-time, as well as receive alerts if the child leaves the drop-off location ahead of schedule. It’s security knowing they are where you expect them to be.
I want my kids to experience as much freedom as they can without me on their heels, but finding the balance of taming my anxiety and letting them roam can be a juggling act. And the distance grows as much as the worry as they get older going from roaming the neighborhood, to the mall or even a community fair. The MamaBear app has some other features too. It also allows parents to give children some flexibility by sending alerts only when a child enters an area that a parent chooses as restricted. MamaBear further informs parents by alerting them if the child uses inappropriate language or adds friends on social media as well as monitor their driving speed.
We do our best to give our kids tools and advice to help get themselves out of uncomfortable situations. The MamaBear app allows parents to rest assured, knowing the child has a readily available and easy to use app to make contact. The child can check in with the parent, reach out for an immediate pickup or notify the parent of an emergency with a few simple clicks on a smartphone. The children’s interface is three simple buttons to make using the app quick and discreet for children.
It’s simple – we just want to keep our kids safe. I’m pretty sure it’s a major commonality among all parents. Some are just more anxious than others when our kids are exploring the world. The MamaBear child tracker app was specifically developed to allow parents to observe more of their child’s activities and, as a result, worry a little less.
Halloween brings back wonderful memories. Dressing up, grabbing that big plastic pumpkin or pillow case and running out to fill it with goodies was a ton of fun. It was great going to Halloween parties with friends, walking through haunted houses and feeling the rush of being scared or trying to trick your friends with different pranks. We all want our children to have the same memories when they grow up, but today’s parent seems to have more to worry about – different threats to tamper with making memories. At what age is trick-or-treating appropriate without us at their side? Should we let them go to the neighborhood over with their friends? Who are they sharing their Halloween pictures with on social media? Who’s going to be at the Halloween party? Thinking about these questions can make any parent nervous. Answering them in a way that makes you rest easier is possible.
There will come an age when your child won’t want you to come with them when they go trick-or-treating. We all want to encourage independence and let them enjoy such a fun day with their friends. You can ease some anxiety using GPS tracking from your kid’s phone or a separate device. Deciding to let them go without you can also depend on their level of maturity, proving to you that they are responsible enough to make good decisions. Or, you may base the level of freedom on the friends the child will be around. As a group, can they be accountable?
As a parent, you may want to track your kids, no matter where their level of maturity is. GPS tracking will let you know right where they are and if they’ve crossed any landmark boundaries. There are apps and devices that can send you notifications about their location to tame some anxiety while you’re handing out candy at home. And now with so many of our children using their phones to share pictures, get ready to see more photos of costumes than ever before on their Facebook and Instagram profiles. We definitely won’t be able to keep up with our kids’ photo sharing pace, yet it’s highly recommended you know what pictures they are posting or are tagged in. If you need a helper, there’s an app for that.
Whether you decide to give your child the freedom to trick-or-treat without you with the reassurance of a tracking device, or a social media monitoring tool we wish you a happy and safe Halloween! Have fun and let the MamaBear app make it a less anxious celebration.