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My Mobile Watchdog has a philosophy about parental control for smartphones that will appeal to many parents. This product does not monitor your child's phone in stealth mode, which means that if you decide to install it, you need to have a conversation about it with your child first.
That is a good thing in many ways. We would prefer the option for a stealth mode in general, but My Mobile Watchdog has all of the most important features for protecting your children online on their smartphones, and if you have good communication with your kids, you will not need to monitor them in secret.
This product's cell phone parental controls ensure that you will always know about your child's phone calls, texts, website visits, calendar events and more, and your teen will know that you know. This product is excellent for giving you up-to-the-minute information about your teen's activities. You can set up keyword triggers so that whenever certain words appear in a text, for example, you will get a text or email notification about it.
There is also a feature that lets you block your child from viewing certain content on the smartphone. This includes social networking sites, applications, websites or camera features. You can also restrict when your child is able to use the phone to certain times throughout the day. This prohibits your child from using the device during school hours or late at night. During these restricted times, the phone will only allow your child to call 911 and other numbers you specify. You can also lock the device from a remote location, which is a valuable feature if the phone becomes lost or falls into the wrong hands.
My Mobile Watchdog allows you to know where your child is using GPS technology. Assuming the phone stays with them, you will always know where your child is throughout the day.
This cell phone parental control software offers several logging features. If any content is sent or received by the device, that content is automatically stored on the logs in the online account, regardless of whether your child deletes them immediately. This software provides logs for all calls, text messages, photos and videos taken or sent to the smartphone.
You can view the contacts that are stored on the phone and any contacts that have recently been added. You can view all websites your child visits on the smartphone to determine if any are inappropriate and whether you need to block any sites. Additionally, a log is available for you to view all events your child has stored on his or her calendar.
Unfortunately, this cell phone parental controls app has its pros and cons. It does not provide logs for all activity on the cell phone or store any information regarding emails sent or received by the device. It does not log memos or keystrokes either like some parental control applications do.
My Mobile Watchdog is easy-to-use software with no problems or hassles. When you sign up for this parental control software, you receive an online account, which is where you can view all the logs, settings and additional features. As mentioned previously, this software tells your child on his or her cell phone that the device is being monitored, which eliminates the hassle of working with stealth options.
This mobile monitoring software works with several smartphone devices such as Androids, Windows and BlackBerry phones, although we suggest that you make sure that the software supports the particular model of smartphone you want to monitor.
If any problems, questions or concerns arise while you use My Mobile Watchdog, you can communicate with a customer representative by phone or email. The company does not provide live chat support, which is a drawback to this service, but having both phone and email support is a large advantage over several similar companies.
A user guide is available on the support page on My Mobile Watchdog's website. There is also a knowledgebase on the website that contains a FAQs section that answers several of the questions customer service representatives hear most often.
This cell phone parental control software is an excellent choice if you are looking for an application with a large selection of logging features and a basic feature set. Some parents may prefer to have stealth monitoring options, but this parental control app has all of the most important features. We are also pleased to see that My Mobile Watchdog supports a wide variety of cell phones, including Android, BlackBerry and Windows devices.
You can receive an email or text message when any inappropriate content is sent to or received on your child's cell phone.
My Mobile Watchdog does not provide a stealth operating mode for cell phone monitoring.
My Mobile Watchdog provides a large selection of logging features but lacks several advanced logging features.