App of the Week – Kidgy
You child or teenager has a smartphone, a tablet, a computer of one form or another. And they are always online doing who knows what. Now add 750,000 registered sex offenders and what do you get? A real danger to your child. That is why Kidgy is the App of the Week.
The average child or teenager spends as much as 9 nine hours a day on their smartphone. Social media is the happy hunting ground for child molesters and other dangerous criminals. Dangerous online behavior your child might be indulging in include sexting, cyberbullying, suicidal groups, personal information leaks and of course violent games and adult content. People may steal your child’s identity or do something even more horrible. Look; the truth is that the Internet is no place to fool around I don’t care how old you are! You need to know what your child is doing online.
Kidgy is an app that can help you monitor what your child is doing online as well as where they are going and who they are talking to.
Kidgy allows parents to;
Manage Internet activity and websites they may be visiting they shouldn’t. Websites like Ask.fm or CuriousCat.me can lure children into cyberbullying and sexting. Sites that offer children the ability to connect with other children their age, chat, play games and share pictures is a great place for predators looking for teens. This includes Facebook, Instagram, etc. And of course you can block adult sites, gambling and shopping sites .
Block installed applications on the child’s device remotely. This works when it comes time for bed or homework. Parents can use the app to re-connect with children over dinner and other family gatherings and possibly improve their grades. Parents may not realize the number of apps that promote violence, adult content, and sexting. Chatting apps like WhatsApp, Snapсhat, Facebook, and Instagram are popular with teens.
Know where your child is at all times. About 2,000 children disappear everyday in the U.S. This should terrify you as a parent. Teens have a bad habit of meeting people in the real world they originally met online. As many as eighteen percent agree to meet a stranger they befriended online. This puts your child in the same space as a potentially dangerous predator.
Using Kidgy you can also restrict your child’s movements using a geo-fencing feature. This feature permits the parent to map out safe areas for your child. These may include school, churches recreations centers and the homes of relatives. If they venture beyond these boundaries parents are alerted immediately with the exact position of their child.
Before you read more about Kidgy you need to see this report about a social experiment where a journalist created a fake profile on Snapchat to contact three teens. Three days of chatting online and they all accepted an invitation to meet up. If you want to know how child predators operate watch this!
Kidgy allows parents to monitor texts and call logs their child may have with friends or strangers. No only will you see who your child is communicating with but you can find that person in a phone book and block the contact to protect your child.
Kidgy also has a feature where you can monitor your child’s school performance. Parents can assign tasks and monitor the work remotely. Using the app parents can also teach children to manage their time effectively.
Finally there is the panic button. If your child gets in a situation they can’t handle or they feel threatened they simply hit the panic button. Parents will be immediately alerted to the child’s present location with time stamps.