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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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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