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5 Useful Apps for Parents To Monitor Teenage Children

5 Useful Apps for Parents To Monitor Teenage Children

You were a teenager yourself once. Yet you probably didn’t realize how difficult teens were until you started raising one yourself.

You need to find a balance between monitoring your teenagers, while also keeping them out of trouble. Fortunately, there are a lot of great apps that help with that. Here are some worth looking into.

Alarm

You want to be home every night to monitor your children, but that simply isn’t possible. At some point, you need to leave for a few days to go on a business trip, celebrate your anniversary, or to visit your sick mother-in-law.

You want to trust your teenage children to stay home alone. However, they may not be able to resist the temptation to throw a party.

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Alarm is a good app to look into. This app lets you monitor your home through live video. You can access through any Apple device for only $40 a month.

Family Orbit

The downside of many monitoring apps is that they require parents to jailbreak their children’s phones. This is a problem, because many kids know how to jailbreak their own phones as well, which makes it easy to remove any monitoring app you install.

Family Orbit is a more novel alternative. This app lets you sync to your children’s phone without jailbreaking it. You can monitor their calls, texts and social media activity from the cloud.

Family Orbit is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.

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Net Nanny

There are a lot of websites that you don’t want your children looking at. Since 1995, Net Nanny has been a great site for limiting their access to harmful websites.

Unfortunately, it has become more difficult to monitor sites your teenagers access through their smartphones, because you don’t have direct access to the phone yourself. Fortunately, Net Nanny came up with an app that works on mobile devices.

Net Nanny can also alert you if your children search for anything that should concern you, such as anything related to suicide or cyberbullying protection tips.

Find My Kids – Footprints

Does your child have a boyfriend, or a bad group of friends that you don’t want them spending time with? Have they ever told you that they were going to their friend’s house when they were really going to a bar with a fake ID?

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Teenagers often lie about what they do and where they are going. As a parent, you need to monitor them carefully.

Find My Kids – Footprints, is an app that helps you track them much more easily. This app lets you monitor their position in real time. If they are somewhere they shouldn’t be, you will know.

Make sure you are discreet when installing the app. Clever teens may find a way to disable it.

SecureTeen

While it is important to know where your children are going, it is also important to know who they are talking to. SecureTeen is a great app that helps you monitor their calls and texts. It’s a great way to not only make sure your kids aren’t spending time with the wrong crowd, but also protect them from bullies and potential predators. A recent review from Techno Mag claims this is one of the best apps for parents trying to keep their teenagers safe:

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“The brains behind this child monitoring and protection solution certainly seem to have done their homework, correctly identifying the primary concerns that most parents have over the growing prevalence and influence of the internet on the young impressionable minds.”

Being the parent of a teenager can be very challenging at times. You want to respect their privacy, but there will be times when you need to be more of a helicopter parent.

Fortunately, there are a number of great apps that can help you monitor their activity online.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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