Let’s face it. Being in charge of a tiny human is kind of a big deal. As parents, it’s up to us to make sure our children are loved, well-cared for, and, of course, safe. The latter can seem like a never-ending battle, from baby and toddler-proofing to helmets and knee pads to teaching them about stranger danger and everything in between. Thankfully, technology is making it easier than ever for parents to stay on top of their children’s safety. Here are a few apps and services worth mentioning.
iCam – You can’t be all places at once…or can you? With this app, you can monitor a live feed of any room in your home from your mobile device. All you need are computers with webcams and the app’s software installed in each room you’d like to track. At under $5, iCam is a super-easy and inexpensive way to keep tabs on what your family is up to.
Family Tracker – Giving kids the freedom they want can be nerve wracking for parents. The Family Tracker app lets you keep track of the ones you love via GPS and their mobile devices. It also features a built-in messaging option that is separate from regular text messaging, which allows you to send and receive messages between users. And all it costs is a one-time fee for each device.
Bonnie – Each year, tens of thousands of children are injured or killed due to a recalled product. But keeping up with every single item in your home can seem next to impossible. Not anymore. Bonnie is a free service that continuously scans all your purchases and alerts you whenever a product you own has been recalled. It even sends step-by-step instructions on how to resolve the problem. Did I mention it’s free and there’s nothing you need to do other than sign up?
Alarm.com – Worried about your home when you’re away? Just climbed into bed for the evening but are not sure if you remembered to lock the back door? Thanks to the Alarm.com app, you can get peace of mind from anywhere. The service works with a nationwide network of trusted security and smart home service providers and offers everything from video monitoring to event-triggered recording and more. Prices for Alarm.com vary.
Net Nanny – It seems kids are starting to access the internet at a much younger age, which means parents have to start thinking earlier about protecting their little ones from the dangers of the web. Net Nanny is one of the top rated parental control software products on the market, using dynamic filtering to protect users from online predators, pornography, cyber-bullying, and more. It can even be customized based on your family’s needs. Pricing is based on number of devices.
Whether you consider yourself a helicopter parent or you’re just on the lookout for easier ways to keep your kiddos safe, these five apps should fit the bill. And although you can’t put a price tag on peace of mind, the products and services listed above shouldn’t break the bank either. Parenting technology for the win!
Author’s Bio: Chris LoPresti is a veteran entrepreneur who uses big data to improve everyone’s quality of life. LoPresti recently co-founded Bonnie – a free, personalized product recall notification service that alerts consumers if any of the 900 million products recalled each year are in their homes.
LoPresti is also the bestselling author of INSIGHTS, the proceeds from which support his foundation ELIS Inc, which supports programs focused on youth STEM Education. He and his wife live in Washington, D.C.