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Android Phone Usage/Monitoring - Parental Control

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by VMuser, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. VMuser

    VMuser Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Is there an app that will allow me to review (ie send an email) the activity of an android device?

    I would like to be able to monitor my young teenager usage of the device. My ideal app will send me an email, with voice usage, web-browsing activity, sms/mms activity, etc.

    This is for my technically savvy teenager so it cannot be limited to the default browser or the default texting app, and it should let me know other apps (facebook, etc) accessing data, or at the very least let me know the apps downloaded into the device.
     

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  2. mikabuc

    mikabuc Member

    You trust them that much eh? Take their Droid away and give them a regular phone then.
    For Tmobile you can log onto the website and set parental access for each line on your plan.
    Or grab your trust-worthy teens phone, get onto the Market and search "Parental Controls"
    There is an app called "Android Parental Control" and it is free.
     
  3. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum
    Moderator

    I don't know of a single app that does all that, but there are monitoring apps. they must be installed with direct access to the device and for a technically savvy teen it would pretty easy to disable.

    My carrier provides me with detailed information about my son's texts and calls, but not the content. And just general data use. I could track him too, if i paid for it.
     
  4. james515

    james515 Well-Known Member

    depending on your carrier you can get full detailed billing so yo can see the # of calls and minutes used as well as data and txt use usage. most of them you can see in your account profile not long after the call or txt is made, sometimes is a few hour delay before it hits your account

    some carriers like AT&T have whats called smart limits where you can restrict specific lines on your account to a variety of options, but its a additional service you have to pay for on the account.

    James
     
  5. VMuser

    VMuser Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thank you for the prompt comments, this is not a matter of trust, because I trust my kids, but rather a matter of parenting: The statistics of cyberbullying are unbelievable, the number of porn sites being established on a daily basis is astronomical, etc, etc.

    I could go with a non-android phone, but all the phones/services have texting, and most phones have internet access. I am hoping that a smartphone will have this ability.

    Thank you again for the prompt responses.
     
  6. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...
    Moderator

    There is probably and app for that but that is only part of the solution. Please see my and EarlyMon's response to a kid that somehow got porn popping up on his phone. He claimed he wasn't surfing porn, and I have seen devious apps in the market that could cause his problem, so I was giving him the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, I would recommend any "app" solution ShinyDreams or VMUser use is coordinated with communication with the child. I know I would give the same recommendation that trying to sneak something by will be harder to explain if it is found out after the fact. I think EarlyMon was more eloquent in his explanation.


     
  7. andyk85

    andyk85 Newbie

    I am a father of two kids. The closest app that does what you are looking for is Funamo. You need to do it with a combination of web filtering and application protection control.

     
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