If you have kids that use electronic devices such as tablets or phones then this article is going to be of interest to you…
Let’s face it, parenting kids that have access to all this technology is new for all of us. When we were kids we did not have tablets or cell phones. At the age of 10, I was running outside playing every evening, not watching Youtube videos, playing games on phones, messaging friends…you get the idea, I am sure if you are reading this, then you are living the same experience.
My biggest excitement as a kid was when we got a longer cord on the house phone that was attached to the wall so I could sit on the floor in the kitchen while talking to my friends. There was no privacy for my conversations because after all, I was in the kitchen chatting away.
Kids nowadays can walk wherever they want to chat away because they are on cell phones or tablets. They can also message through various apps or text messaging. They can access whatever apps, website, and basically any content they want and if you have nothing on their phone to control or watch what they are doing well…you can imagine what can happen.
I do not need to imagine what can happen because we have had problems with our middle one and her use of technology. She is older, about to turn 16 and has had a cell phone since she was 11 about to turn 12. We did everything they suggested back then with the cell phone contract between parent and child, the talk, the rules set out. So we covered everything, right? Nope!
We had to have a talk with her when she started friending older men in foreign countries on various social media programs. We had to have a talk when she ran up an $80 cell phone bill from just text messages with her texting a male she did not know in another country. These are just the things we are aware of!
So with my younger one having electronic devices, and parental control apps available, I have a fresh perspective and parenting method surrounding cell phones and tablets.
I have been testing out the Kidslox app to see how good it is for controlling what my Little One (10 almost 11 years old) can see on her cell phone that is not hooked up for cell phone use as of yet.
Here is what Kidslox says it can do for you…
Kidslox parental control software is the perfect way to manage your family’s screen time
Our parental controls let you block apps, block internet and filter web content with ease. One account is all you need to protect as many iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android phones and tablets and other mobile devices as you have in your family. Prioritise your family time now by placing daily limits on your child’s screen time. Parental control has never been so easy.
Here is a video that is the best way to see just how Kidslox works and what it can do…
So what does Kidslox give you the power to do and what are the key features?
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Kidslox “Lockdown” and “Child” modes put you in control, here’s how:
*They let you block Instagram, block Facebook, block Snapchat and other social networks
*Block browsers including Safari to block internet access, block in-app purchases
*Block Minecraft, block Clash of Clans, block Pokémon Go and other games
*Block pornography, block gambling, block violence and other inappropriate web content
Not only can you set screen time limits, but you can set different limits on different days as well as set limits for use of certain apps. So if your child is allowed on let’s say Social Media, you can set how long they can use a specific Social Media. Or maybe they are watching YouTube too much, well you can set a limit to that app. You can personalize each cell phone, tablet, etc. to restrict or give permissions that are relevant for that user.
So what are the costs for Kidslox?
The free account allows the user to control one device. If you wish to control additional devices, then you need to purchase a premium plan.
When you finish the free trial your account gets switched to a basic plan that does not allow you to control as much. If you wish to have all the Kidslox features, you need to subcribed to a premium plan which at the time of this article the costs are as follows:
*Monthly subscription = $3.99
*6 month subscription = $19.99
*1 year subscription = $39.99
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN KIDSLOX ‘FREE TRIAL’, ‘PREMIUM’ & ‘BASIC’ PLANS?
At the end of your 14 day free trial, you’ll need to subscribe to Kidslox Premium to continue using all of the features.
If you don’t subscribe, your account will automatically change to the free ‘Basic plan’.
Premium and Free Trial users have access to the following features: daily limits, content blocking, individual app blocking, weekly apps installed emails, unlimited schedules, unlimited mode changes, unlimited number of devices on the account and Kidslox timer.
Premium users have exclusive access to Kidslox Labs (currently trialing ‘Kidslox Academy’).
Basic allows you to control 1 device, with 5 mode switches and 1 schedule per day. It doesn’t include access to the Daily Limits, Content Blocking or Individual app Blocking features. Generally speaking, newly developed features are only available to Free Trial and Premium plan users.
I recommend checking out Kidslox. I like the control and features it offers.
Check out this review from a young Kidslox user for more insight…
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Disclosure: MomMomOnTheGo was provided product for the purpose of conducting this review. As always, MomMomOnTheGo only supports companies, products, and services that she loves.