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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by mcast1286, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. mcast1286

    mcast1286 Lurker
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    Hi,

    I'm new to Android phones. I have a question about cellular usage. I'd like to get an app for my daughter which I can set restrictions as to how many minutes per day she can use her cellular service, or block service for a certain period of time altogether. I want her to learn to use her wifi service for calls and texts as much as possible. Is there any app out there that will do this job, and not allow her to turn the cellular service back on herself? If not an app, then a program I can install on my computer to set & control the phone?

    Appreciate some help.

    Mike
     



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  2. dvhttn

    dvhttn Android Expert

    If you don't trust her to restrict the amount of time she spends on the phone (and I'll give you that kids just won't .... ) why not get her a SIM card that is 'pay as you go' (PAYG)? That way you say 'here's 10 pounds of credit. I'll let you have another 10 pounds next month'.

    From your language use I'd say you were from the US so not sure if they do those there (PAYG SIM cards) but all the carriers can supply them back here in the good ol' UK ....

    Dave
     
  3. Uzephi

    Uzephi Well-Known Member

    Some carriers allow you to set this restriction in your account settings. I would check with your carrier and see if they do.
     
  4. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    The device should come with airplane mode, which completely turns off the cellular radio. It will initially turn off wifi, but wifi can be re-enabled one that happens. However she will be able to turn that mode off. So it comes down to trust at that point.
     
  5. mcast1286

    mcast1286 Lurker
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    Thanks, guys... Yes, my phones are all "Pay-as you go" - I refuse to pay the outrageous prices that the cell companies what for unlimited service. Second, I don't want my 14 y/o daughter suddenly empowered with the world at her fingertips - the good and the bad. Children need structure, and I want to give it to her.

    I'll look some more... thanks for your thoughts.
     
  6. SecurePossibe

    SecurePossibe Newbie

    Very true mcast. As well as obvious places you want to block, remember that virust/trojan horse SO easy unless CPU has 'secure zone' so people can find her using mobile. I would block all NFC for a start.
     
  7. hulkmarvel

    hulkmarvel Guest

    Apps like "App protector" i think can be useful.For every application you want to block a password can be set,in this way those apps cannot be opened without the password,they remain locked.
     
  8. Petrah

    Petrah Psychotic Female

    What you're looking for is more than likely going to be offered by your carrier. I did manage to find a blog post by another mom where she discusses which carriers are offering what type of parental controls.

    Parental Controls for Cell Phones - The Online Mom
     
  9. mcast1286

    mcast1286 Lurker
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    Allright - thank you so much; I have plenty to research now.
     
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