Hot Christmas Gift Alert: Cell Phones and Safety Apps

20 Dec


It’s four days before Christmas and long gone are the days when kids would only ask for toys because we are now living in a technology age where having a cell phone or some technical device is the popular trend. Below you will find some very important safety tips that every parent should discuss with their kids and some amazing safety apps.

Parent and Teen Mobile Safety Tips

As a parent, you want to protect your child from any danger or pain throughout various stages of their life, especially when it comes to safety. Unfortunately, we as parents can’t protect our children from everything or be everywhere. However, thanks to technology, Aio has some useful tips about the best apps and devices to help you be there even when you can’t actually be there.

As kids get prepared to head back to school, it’s a great time for parents and teens to talk about mobile safety issues like cyber bullying and sexting. Parents can also learn how they can keep track of their children’s whereabouts and make sure their mobile device is programmed correctly in case of an emergency.


  • ZTE Prelude $49 – Looking for an affordable, pocket-sized smartphone with great form & fashion? The ZTE Prelude™ is designed just for you!
  • Samsung Galaxy Amp for $99 – Have a stay-connected anywhere kind of life? Whether you need the web, email, apps, music, videos or to update your social status, crank up your connected life with the Samsung Galaxy Amp
  • ZTE Overture $149 – Moving at lightning speed and need a phone to keep up with you? Whether browsing, messaging or snapping photos and videos, the ZTE Overture™ is your perfect mobile sidekick


Safety apps

  • MamaBear (iOS 4 & Android) – This FREE app is great for keeping your child safe on all mediums. While it too has location services, MamaBear also has a feature that watches over your child’s Facebook feed and alerts you of any signs of bullying or harsh language.
  • Sygic Family (Android) – Similar to the others, Sygic Family is a FREE app that keeps your family safe by allowing you to check where they are, however you can even check the battery levels of their smart phones. So when one of your kids is at a concert and not texting you back, you can see their phone died and text their friend instead of alerting the state police and U.S. SWAT teams.
  • MobileKids (iOS 4 & Android FREE for basic app) – For all you parents who want to make sure your parents get their much needed eight hours of sleep, this higher level monitoring tool alerts you when your kids use their mobile phones in the middle of the night. It also lets you know when they add a new contact or download a new app. If you believe it is better to be safe than sorry, this app agrees with you.
  • BullyBlock – (Apple iOS, Android – $0.99) – This app captures and block bullies that are causing you and your family harm. The Bully Block app allows users to covertly record verbal threats and harassment, block inappropriate texts and pictures (e.g. sexting), and utilize auto respond features. Bully Block blocks bullies that utilize private or unknown numbers to engage in cyberbullying. Bully Block also has instant reporting features that allow the user to email or text abusive behavior to parents, teachers, HR departments, and law enforcement. All audio, messages, and calls are stored on the phone SD card.

Stay Connected

  • Fring – Fring offers every parent’s dream when their youngest child leaves for camp and their oldest child leaves for college at the same time. This mobile app provides FREE four-way video calling so Mom and Dad can see Billy is his cabin and Jena in dorm, and everyone can be together.
  • Viber – Viber for Windows lets you send free messages and make free calls to other Viber users, on any device and network, in any country! Viber syncs your contacts, messages and call history with your mobile device, so you can start the conversation on the Viber mobile application and continue from the comfort of your PC
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Mobile Device Tips

  • Pre-program one-touch dial emergency phone numbers in your child’s device in case of emergency. These numbers should include parents, 911, grandparents, trusted friend or neighbor


  • Inform them not to respond or send personal information to numbers they don’t recognize


  • If your child’s cell phone has access to the internet, find out if your service provider offers some sort of parental control feature to which you can subscribe
  • Explain to them the dangers of texting and driving



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