The internet and access to online entertainment have become very prevalent in day to day life, especially for children. Children can often spend more time online interacting with friends than they do in real life. This can be a blessing and a curse to parents trying to create a balance between letting there kids be kids and keeping them safe. Here are 5 things parents can do to keep their kids safe online.
Summer is such a great time to spend time together as a family! There are so many options for new experiences and memories as we loosen up boundaries with our children. With today’s technology more parents are looking for a little helping hand to relieve some parental anxiety during the freedom of summer. Here are a few practical scenarios the MamaBear App or similar technology can help with worry-free summer travel.
The Beach and Boardwalk
Large beaches, particularly the beaches at vacation destinations usually come complete with boardwalks or other tourist oriented attractions. Not only do we want time to relax, our kids want some freedom to safely explore the surrounding entertainment. Location apps like MamaBear can help you set boundaries and get alerted should your children leave a designated area. Talk to your kids about safety and helpful check in and location features available through apps on their phone.
The Amusement Park
Amusement park trips are one of the most common summer travel destination for large families. The variety that amusement parks can offer families means there is usually something for everyone. Something for everyone can also mean splitting up to fit it all in. MamaBear location features help parents watch a child move in near real time. This means a child can enjoy several rides, games and attractions without having to drag the whole family along. In sprawling amusement parks, MamaBear can even help with something as simple as sending the kids to the nearest restroom and back, but giving the kids reassurance they can tap the “come get me” button if they get turned around.
One of the most memorable events from any summer travel experience is going to see a major sporting event. While many families are lucky enough to live in a city with a pro-team, other families take a day or weekend trip to experience their favorite team first hand. A day at the ball field or stadium is a great time, but sometimes boisterous crowds, tailgaters and huge crushes of people can get a bit nerve-racking for families. MamaBear can help parents find kids and help kids find parents in all of these instances.
MamaBear is one of the best options available to help parents, and children, enjoy the experiences of a summer vacation to the fullest. MamaBear can support the freedom to develop family memories as well individual experiences for memories that will last a lifetime.
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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.
There’s a lot of discussion lately about whether or not it’s ok to track your kid’s cell phone. Parents grapple with what’s enough, and when’ve we gone too far when it comes to our kids. I spend a fair amount of time talking to parents on both sides of this conversation. As parents, we know our kids aren’t going to accept every measure we use to protect them with the same love we feel when enforcing certain boundaries. At MamaBear, we know the decision to track your kids cell phone isn’t one parents take lightly with many reasons behind the decision. It could be purely safety, some accountability and opportunity to have real life cases to discuss with our children.
Knowing where our children are, and their social media behavior is our responsibility as parents and present riskier long-term consequences for kids in today’s tech world. So many parents find the best solution to giving a child the responsibility of having a smartphone to be a tracking app. Basically, tracking a phone is tracking a child – do you know a kid with a smartphone that goes too long without it? And parents that want to track their child, are well within their rights. Smartphones are not cheap, especially brand new ones. Buying a child the equivalent to a small personal computer can mean a pretty significant investment. Using a parental tracking app like MamaBear to monitor your child’s smartphone represents money well spent.
Child acceptance of a tracking app begins best with a straightforward conversation. Explaining up front that you intend to monitor your kid’s cell phone is a great way to make them understand the responsibility that comes with owning such an information accessible device. We give them the freedom to use a smartphone, participate on social media and hang out at locations within limits, but with any life experience, we want comfort knowing we’ve shared potential risks and outcomes with our children as they make choices. Having additional insight to our children’s daily lives provides for more relevant conversations with our children. Technologies, like the MamaBear app for Android and iPhones represent an easy, effective, time-saving way to achieve this.
At MamaBear, we know the goal when you track your kids cell phone is not spying. It’s about keeping our children safe. The MamaBear child tracking app gives parents as much, or as little, information they need to feel their child is safe. This can give our children the freedom they need to grow while giving us some security.