Now I know what you’re thinking. Is Droid Turf really going to report on a Verizon bloat app? Not exactly. A new app from US carrier Verizon has released today, but it won’t come pre-loaded on any carrier devices for now. There’s your sign of relief. Verizon Smart Family looks to be a surprisingly useful app from the carrier that gives parents all control over their kid’s smartphone usage.
The app is available on iOS and Android and will work on all Verizon phones and LTE tablets. It conveniently bridges several Verizon devices together with one or two models being admins. Admins are able to locate where the other phones are so long as they have an internet connection. This is useful for parents shall they need to know where their kids are. Admins will also have the ability to control any content their kids have access to online. While this isn’t new to the market, it’s a good option for those with little ones to ensure they don’t see anything violet or inappropriate for their age.
Admins can even block some social media, certain apps, and restrict the amount of screen on time on the other devices. For parents who put an hour or two cap on electronics, this would ensure rules are followed by temporarily disabling the device once a time limit is reached. Other features include the ability to check one’s current battery state, monitor text and call logs, and ensure Wi-Fi is turned on so as to avoid unnecessary data consumption. If this wasn’t your parents, I think it’d be too much control, and privacy would definitely be an issue.
The only downside of the Verizon Smart Family is its price. Unlike Google’s Trusted Contacts app, Facebook’s Messenger Kids app, and Child Modes built into various phones, the service by Verizon requires a payment plan of $5 per month without location tracking and alerts or $10 with these functions. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial. We’ve included a video below to show how this works. Below it, you’ll find a link to the app’s download page in addition to two links where more information can be found. Will you be signing your family up?
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