The Edmond Sun

July 19, 2013

Verizon equips parents with tool for monitoring children’s device usage

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Verizon Wireless recently unveiled FamilyBase, a new tool for parents that allows them to see “when” and “how” their children use their smartphones. Through FamilyBase, parents can monitor their child’s contact lists and who they talk or text with the most, as well as which apps children access, when they access certain apps and for how long. Seventy-eight percent of teens now have cell phones and almost half own smartphones, according to a March study by Pew Internet & American Life Project.

This is a continued focus of Verizon Wireless, to help parents be informed and help their children make appropriate decisions about their smartphone usage. This year in Oklahoma, Verizon Wireless partnered with several libraries across the state during Teen Technology Month in March to conduct parental control classes, which gave information to parents on smartphone security for their children. FamilyBase is a continued effort on behalf of Verizon Wireless to give parents the best tools to monitor and manage smartphone usage.

FamilyBase enables parents to define allowable times for use, lock the device on-demand, and view a list of the apps installed on a child’s device and which they use the most. It gives parents insight into their kids’ contact lists and the ability to add always-trusted contacts or block those that are undesirable.