Using Call and Text Blocking to Protect Kids and Teens
By Paul Grossinger
When you kids’ phone rings, do you ever wonder who is on the other end of the receiver?
When their phone buzzes repeatedly during dinner, do you ever wonder who the sender is? Or what is contained in the message?
Many caretakers and parents do because their child’s interaction with their smartphone is a relationship they have difficultly penetrating, often with dangerous consequences.
Smartphones are now the most popular vehicle for bullying among kids, with nearly 90% of teens reporting seeing or experiencing cyber-bullying, and calls and text messages remain the fastest, easiest way to torment kids.
Parents have to find solutions. Luckily, solutions are available on Google Android, namely third-party applications caretakers and parents may use to block certain numbers from calling or texting their kids.
MMGuardian, available free on Google Play, enables parents to choose particular numbers to either allow or to block. If your child is young, you may want to choose to only allow certain numbers (for example family members and a couple close friends) to call and block all other unknown numbers. For older kids, often pre-teens and teens, you may want to select only certain problematic numbers and block them, allowing the rest. MMGuardian allows you to do either and incorporates text-based alerts for bullying words (that you self-select) – so you know who is bullying your child and which numbers to block.
So, don’t let anyone bully your kids. The solutions are out there, waiting to keep them safe.