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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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