Verizon Wireless launched a new service, FamilyBase, which gives parents insight on their kids’ cell phone usage.
Parents give mobile devices to their children for many reasons ranging from safety considerations to help with homework. A recent Pew survey showed that 78 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds have mobile phones, and 47 percent of those devices are smartphones. However, even with the benefits of a phone, many parents still struggle with when to give their child a phone and how to keep some control over how it is used.
To help parents make an informed decision, Verizon Wireless is offering the FamilyBase app to help parents keep track of their children’s phone use. FamilyBase allows parents to monitor who their children are talking and texting with, what apps they’re using and for how long, and when all the activity is taking place.
Other features include:
- View call and text data, contacts and app usage on all operating systems
- Set time restrictions on a device during school hours or bedtime
- Set trusted contacts the children can call and text
- Remotely lock the phone for up to 30 minutes
Available on GooglePlay, the FamilyBase app includes a free 30-day trial and costs additional $5 per month for up to ten lines.
You can find additional information about the FamilyBase app at the Verizon Wireless News Center here.
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