Christmas is coming in fast and there will be lots of children looking for some nice goodies,lots of these children will want technology which includes mobile phones and tablets,This may be a problem for some parents though and it is hard to say no but with the world as it is today its all about connectivity and being mobile with a tablet or mobile phone is the way to go,they also have everything on them from an MP3 player down to a torch,However this opens doors for Cyber-bullying once you own such a device and join social media etc,In fact it can begin with the humble SMS, and yes there is ways to lock down your devices but are they monitoring what your child might be doing on them?

Cyber-bullying is a problem,also what age us suitable to hand your device is a problem and some say under ten is too young but if you look anywhere today in your locality you will see that there is indeed plenty of kids aged well under ten that have devices to freely go on social media and browse the web..What age your child gets to own a device at is a touchy subject and people will dish out all kinds of ages,everyone has an opinion but if you have it locked down there is no harm to some extent,if not this is the app to use if you don’t have some kind of system in operation.

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Safenet technologies has launched an exciting new app designed to help prevent bullying among children and young adults,the new app is called Shield Bully Parent.

Safe Net Technologies CEO and father of four, Peter Kirwan said “Children are being educated by the internet today and this comes with positives and negatives.  As a father I have learned that extensive internet access is a massive threat to my children’s safety and welfare. Shieldbully app is designed to protect children from the negative aspects of online communication, which include overuse of mobile devices, cyberbullying, grooming and addiction to gambling and pornography. Shieldbully gives parents the tools to protect our children from the darker side of the Online World. It is the technological equivalent to fastening a life jacket or seat belt”.

For this to work you download and app to your child’s phone and your own,of course you will need your childs consent,this enables you to monitor their activity in the on-line world..This child will not be able to remove the app either as the parent has control,it provides Analytics’s on what apps our child uses and how long they have been using each individual app,Also the app will tell you where your child is via a map which can be seen on the parents device…

Other features included in the app are as follows.

•        Enables locking of the child’s device either at scheduled times or remotely from the parent’s mobile device. (e.g.during school and homework times)
•        Analytics on child’s mobile device internet and app usage.
•        Emergency call button is always available, even when device is locked.
•        It enables the parent to monitor where their child’s current location through the use of their mobile devices.
•        Extensive controls for tracking use of social networking sites (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and Snapchat)
•        Controls for tracking and blocking app downloads and usage – useful for monitoring gambling, shopping, dating apps etc.
•        SMS messaging management.

Also featured in this app is a forum,a chat-room where parents can discuss things amongst each other and share vital information..

Download the App on Google Play   Coming to iOS November 30th  The basic version of the app is free and costs just €3.99 for the full suite. Alternatively you can check out shieldbully.com

USEFUL LINKS TO CHILD BULLY WEBSITES
www.barnardos.ie
www.ispcc.ie
www.walkinmyshoes.ie

 

 

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.