Technology is the base of most parental concerns, and it is likewise the answer for every one of them. Whether it is guaranteeing your youngster’s digital security, or keeping in contact with your children when you are not around, or scanning for some utility items and nearby services for your little one – here are the 8 best parenting applications that you can’t manage without.
1. Circle by Disney
It doesn’t take long for kids to become dependent on the mobile screen. I have seen babies who refuse to eat until their favorite cartoon comes on the mobile or television screen. If this is your story, you can use the Circle App by Disney to manage your child’s as well as your own screen time everyday. This application allows parents to set tech time, access and block websites and even shut down systems when they have to. It is suitable for children of all ages, but most appropriate for children aged between 4 and 14 years.
You may come home after work and discover that your child hasn’t returned from his/her friend’s house yet, or maybe he/she is stuck somewhere and needs your help. For these jumpy situations, the Waze navigation app works the best. It is available for free in Android and iOS versions and helps parents to reach unknown places through faster and more reliable routes. So the next time your kid needs you to come three suburbs away, it won’t be a matter of stress for you.
A great application for parental support and child monitoring, Kidguard is an application that is dedicated to supporting parents when it comes to ensuring their child’s digital safety. Besides being a monitoring app, it also endeavors to psycho-educate parents and kids about pressing issues like cyberbullying, virtual kidnapping, childhood depression, and digital responsibility. It follows cutting-edge technical solutions for child monitoring and has been growing reliably since about two decades in terms of its number of users.
4. Pediatric Oncall
This application focuses primarily on the child’s health issues but has extended services for mental health problems as well. Parents can use Pediatric Oncall to contact doctors and therapists to discuss their child’s mental and physical health issues and ask for help whenever required. It also has advanced settings to help parents to search for specialists and facilities near to them.
Ideal for working parents who have to carry the persistent worry of their child’s safety to their workplace. Through this application, you can track your kids’ location and get notified when they go far. Also, Pumpic immediately notifies parents when their child goes somewhere else after school instead of returning home. Monitoring physical safety of kids is no longer a worry for parents who use Pumpic.
Talkspace is an app specifically developed for parents who are on the lookout for a therapist for their kid. When Cybercrime and acts of bullying online, or social media addiction and related disorders, put children into severe depressive states, and they are unwilling to talk about it with the fear of getting publicly labeled as ‘depressed’, Talkspace can help parents connect to counselors online, without letting the world know about it.
Another parental monitoring app suitable for parents is the Life360, which at any moment, allows parents to track their child’s location, their data use, their times of checking in and out. It also has a specialized upgrade for Driver Protection to let parents monitor if their kids are safe on the road when they are driving alone.
8. Breathe, Think, Do With Sesame
Besides making children aware of digital safety, parents are also bestowed with the responsibility of teaching them social skills. Especially in a social network driven society like today where kids rely more on virtual connections and often say ‘no’ to direct communication, Breathe, Think, Do With Sesame can benefit parents who want to teach their children self-expression, positive communication, and the beauty of the ‘offline’ world.
This is only the beginning. Technologists round the globe are working day in and out to offer answers for guardians who purposely need to guarantee the online and offline wellbeing of their little ones. And we are confident that in the years to come, child rearing will be a cozier and fearless ordeal for parents instead of a multitasking mayhem.