15 Best Apps for Kids to Protect their Safety

Best apps for kids to protect their safety on mobile devices like iTouch, iPad, iPhone, Andriod, and other mobile devices and eReaders like Kindle Fire.  These apps to protect kids are keeping kids safe and are the best apps to limit external links and other inappropriate content. After a great conversation on the Tip Junkie Facebook page on what are the best apps for kids to protect their safety with mobile devices… this is the list of apps that fellow Tip Junkie Mom’s are using. Please note, that Tip Junkie does NOT have a relationship, affiliate links, paid agreements, or any other perk for writing this list other than to help protect your children from inappropriate content.   {wink} 15 Best Apps for Kids to Protect their Safety Tip Junkie Style has 221 technology tips and tricks all with pictured instructions to learn or how to make. You can always search there if youÂ’re looking for more apps and software tips.

Change Settings on the Device

  • iPad settings to age
  • Turn location settings OFF
  • Only allow 1 app to download per password entry
  • Delete any external web browsing applications {Google, Safari, etc}
  • Guided Access function

Set Up iTunes

  • Set parental controls in iTunes
  • Set no explicit music

Protect Kids Web Browser

1.  McGruff SafeGuard Browser ~McGruff SafeGuard has helped tens of thousands of parents to keep their children and teens safe online. Now McGruff SafeGuard will keep your children safe when browsing on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Now with multi-user login & profiles for every family member. And it sends you daily summary usage reports showing your child’s activity. Note: You will want to disable Safari and make McGruff SafeGuard Browser your default browser. 2.  Kids Place ~ Android parental controls with child lock that can childproof your device. An app launcher with parental controls & child lock that protects your personal data and restricts kids to apps you have approved. Kids Place also prevents children from downloading new apps, making phone calls, texting or performing other actions that can cost you money. Includes convenience features for parents such as auto app restart, useful for small kids who accidentally exit launched apps. With Kids Place app, kids gets fun time and parents can get some much needed peace and free time. 3.  WeetWoo ~ Thousands of parent-screened videos organized in kid-friendly age-appropriate playlists for hundreds of hours of entertainment.

Apps to Protect Kids on Internet

4.  Mobicip ~ Mobile Web Filter for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows 7, and Linux. Create a safe, secure and customized Internet for your family, school, or enterprise. Access it anytime anywhere from any mobile device. www.mobicip.com 5.  Norton Safety Minder ~ Part of your job as a parent is to be nosey — especially when it boosts your kids’ safety. And, when it comes to your kiddo’s electronic activity, keeping in the know is easier with the right technology. This free child-safety app can be downloaded to your youngster’s Android mobile phone or Kindle Fire device and monitors their smartphone habits. You can view the websites your kids visit, block specific sites or types of sites they access, or upgrade to Premier to see who and what your kids are texting and what apps they install. 6.  Safe Eyes Mobile ~ Displays the name of the blocked site on the website denied page and blocks just the banned advertisement instead of blocking the whole page on which it appears. ($15; iPhone, iPad) 7.  Zoodles ~ A safe Kid Mode? for every device. Help your children find the age appropriate games that make learning fun. www.zoodles.com

Monitoring Devices for Keeping Kids Safe

9.  K9 Web Protection ~ A free Internet filter and parental control software for your home Windows or Mac computer. K9 puts YOU in control of the Internet so you can protect your kids.

Best Apps for Kids Monitoring

10.  Find My Kids ~ Footprints. Track your children and share locations with family and friends at any time using this application. The clear and simple interface allows parents to keep track of their childrenÂ’s whereabouts in real time and see where they have been. Setting up Geofences, such as your childÂ’s school, notifies you when those fences have been crossed. Want to know when your child is on the move? Activating movement censors will notify you immediately. 11.  Family GPS Tracker ~ Thanks to the power of GPS, you can now keep track of where your family members roam with this free app from Family Safety Production. The Family GPS Tracker gives you your kiddo’s exact location, alerts you when they’re in trouble, and even comes equipped with a check-in feature. You can also spy sex offenders in your area. However, your youngster will have to “accept” being tracked by verifying a text, so trailing your kiddo on the sly is not an option. 12.  Life360 ~ Life360 is a free communication and location app for smartphones. With Life360, you can see your entire family on a private map, check in with them to say everythingÂ’s okay, or get help in an emergency. As long as my kids have their phones with them I know where they are, it also shows you registered sexual offenders in the area and hospitals/police/fire stations closest to where you are….alerts can be sent, ect….obviously more for tween/teen who are out and about more without their parents. 13.  iEmergency ICE Family PRO ~ ICE stands for “In Case of Emergency,” and this app allows parents to store important health data — allergies, prescriptions, and medical conditions such as diabetes — for an unlimited amount of family and friends. You can enter information about each person’s doctor and hospital affiliation, health insurance, and even attorney contacts. The idea is to put all the data you need access to in one easy-to-find place. A free version called ICE iEmergency LITE is also available, but it allows parents to store only three profiles with limited information. ($2.99; iPhone, iPad) 14.  The FBIÂ’s Child ID App ~ The first mobile application launched by the FBI provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about your children. In just a few clicks, you can show your childÂ’s photo and provide their physical identifiers, such as height and weight, to authorities. A conveniently placed tab also allows you to easily email the information to police in a matter of seconds. The application also includes tips on keeping your children safe, as well as specific guidance on what you should do in those few crucial hours after a child goes missing. 15.  SecuraFone ~ There are apps that locate your children, but how about one that tells you how fast they’re driving? This app can do so by using the smartphone’s built-in GPS. Plus, the SecuraFences feature sends notifications if your child goes beyond a designated geographic area. Parents can view 90 days’ worth of map data using what the company website (www.securafone.com) calls a “breadcrumb trail” and access reports that include addresses and a history of all the alerts sent by the app. All this is done in the background of your smartphone via GPS, but a monthly subscription ($8.95) is required. (Free to download, service requires monthly subscription; iPhone, Android)

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