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FamilyTime App Review: How Much Control Does It Give You as a Parent?

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With the world becoming a global village and the era of digital life dawning upon us, it is becoming more and more crucial for parents to be more active and vigilant in terms of involvement in their children’s lives. Not only offline but also online and parental control apps like FamilyTime provide them the liberty to do so.

FamilyTime as an App

Among several ways to ensure cyber security and safety, the FamilyTime parental control app is helping parents everywhere be more involved in the lives of their children, whether they live together or not, whether they work from home or outside.

FamilyTime was first developed in Tokyo, Japan where it remains based today. The app itself is compatible with android and iOS devices. This unique parenting control app allows for monitoring of up to 5 child devices through unlimited parent devices which makes it more convenient for parents to share control with other caretakers as well.

Outstanding Features

Internet Filter:

Internet filter allows parents to define certain categories and keywords that they would never want their child to access. Once the internet filter is applied, the keywords and categories would be filtered out such that not even the pop-in ads could make their way onto the child’s feed.

Geofencing and Family Tracking:

With the use of parental control apps, family/child tracking allows parents to access the location of their child at any given time during the day, but FamilyTime is not restricted to just tracking since it also sends out alerts to parents/supervisors or care takers when a child enters a prohibited location through geofencing.

Two-Way Alerts:

It not only provides the parents with a complete history of the whereabouts of their children along with the time spent at a location but also allows parents to send out alerts on their child’s device to let them know they are somewhere they shouldn’t be.

Juvenile Compatible:

If a child tries to access a restricted webpage or an application, FamilyTime not only notifies them that the webpage or application has been restricted but also notifies the parent/supervisor that certain restricted webpage was attempted to be accessed which makes it a great fit for schools, children’s section in the libraries and other child-centered institutions and environments.

Call and Text Monitoring:

By knowing the kind of content that a teenager or preadolescent tries to access, problem behaviors could be highlighted as well as errors in cognition be tackled through careful implementation of specific child-centered counseling techniques or other modes of reinforcing behavior-but all this is possible only with a peek into the child’s mind which has become possible with the contact, call and text monitoring features of FamilyTime Premium. 

App Blocker:

Through the blockage of certain apps and websites, not only could schools be turned into bully-free zones and inappropriate content be filtered out but also controversial topics such as politics and dating apps could be kept at bay without distracting the students during classes or while on campus premises.

Internet Schedule:

What separates FamilyTime from other apps is that it allows the parent to schedule their child’s internet hours, set limits, define when they can and cannot use a certain feature or application on their device and how long they can use it for.

Screen-Time Limits:

App blocking is also great in the sense that parents can define lunch and study hours for their children through the use of FamilyTime, making sure that no social media or gaming apps are accessed during these hours. 

Aside from this, parents can also select a few hours during which the children are able to use their devices and lock them for the rest of the day.

What’s more tempting is that FamilyTime also allows parents to lock its own software such that children are unable to uninstall or delete the app.

Safe Drive:

The teen safe drive would allow for parents to set a certain speed limit and let them know instantly when their teenager is violating that limit. It would also notify the teenager that they are over-speeding so they can slow down and drive safe.

Fun Time:

This is a great way to get kids into the habit of saving time. With the use of this feature, children can learn to save time on their daily screen limit. The more time they ‘save’ on their daily usage limit, the more they can utilize this ‘saved time’ later, for example on weekends and other holidays.

Contact Watchlist:

With preadolescents, it would be highly convenient for parents to know when someone they don’t want to contact their child, does. FamilyTime notifies parents instantly when contact from the watchlist reaches out to their child.

Premium Packages

While the basic version of the app is free to use, FamilyTime, unlike other parenting control apps, provides affordable pricing based on the number of child devices ranging from 1 to 5 child devices, unlimited parent devices, and priority email support on all packages following a 3-day free trial. The packages range from $1.15 to $2.25 and the ensuing amount is charged to the customer account annually. 

The detailed list of monthly pricing is as follows:

How to set up FamilyTime:

As mentioned above, the basic version of the app is free to use and can be downloaded from the app store or play store at any time.

The app can also be installed on a device after visiting the FamilyTime website online and signing up for an account. After the account is set up, the user will be asked to choose from the available options, for instance, whether they want to set up FamilyTime on android or iOS devices.

After the clear selection of a device operating software, the step-by-step installation guide will open up which walks them through the entire process of downloading and setting up the application on their selected device including:

  • How to download
  • Allowing notifications
  • Signing up/signing in 
  • Email verification 
  • Adding child devices
  • Location access for the tracking software
  • Relationship between the user and the child
  • Usage instructions

FamilyTime is a safe, reliable, and family-friendly app that can be downloaded from Play Store and App Store.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, FamilyTime appears to be the safest and most user-friendly app for parents who would like the peace of mind in knowing that their child is protected and safe from the shady side of the internet and creepy strangers or cyberbullying because they appear to be an ‘easy target.’

FamilyTime would ensure that the children are safe and that their private information remains confidential. Parents can finally rest knowing that they don’t have to be overprotective or ‘too strict’ in order to ensure the digital and real-life security of their children.

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