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Parental Controls Guide 2011

Mobile Monitoring Services

First, you may want to check out the usage limiting and parental control services offered by your wireless provider. Though they aren’t full-proof, it’s certainly better than nothing. They are generally best for non-smartphones. Here are a few examples:

AT&T Wireless Parental Controls (Free): When used with a non-smartphone, it limits Internet access to the MEdia Net or att.net portals and blocks mature content within them. When used with smartphones, it simply blocks all Internet access and app downloads via the mobile Internet.

AT&T Smart Limits for Wireless ($4.99/m): Includes similar content filtering as the Parental Controls and numerous limiting features. Block inappropriate content with content filters Limit when they can message, browse the web and make calls. Block calls and messages to and from specific numbers. Block 411 Directory Assistance calls, limit number of messages, web browsing/data usage, and amount of downloadable purchases.

Verizon Content Filters (Free): Filters content from V CAST Apps, V CAST Song ID, and Media Center/Get It Now, app downloads, and other services based upon the age rating you select.

Verizon Usage Controls ($4.99/m): Limit the amount of voice minutes and messages, and time the phone can be used. Block calls and messages with specific number, and set numbers that are always allowed. Block access to services such as CAST Music, V CAST Video, and CAST Mobile TV.

Keep in mind, most web browsing filtering and web usage limitations on mobile phones and devices don’t apply when connected to a Wi-Fi connection. However as we’ll discuss on the next two pages, there are apps that you can install to help with filtering regardless of the Internet connection used.

There are also third-party monitoring services, such as My Mobile Watchdog, SafetyWeb, and SpyBubble, you may want to look into.