Mums nowadays are fortunate to have a number of resources for parenting and motherhood available online. Back in the days, I do not have regular access to the internet while pregnant with the little man so I relied mostly on books and publications that tackle pregnancy and parenting. I was also fortunate to have fellow pregnant mum friends whom I can talk to about my concerns and worries as a newbie mum when I finally gave birth to my little bundle of joy. Later on, I also discovered this wonderful online community of mums, which is a treasure trove of awesome ideas and clever parenting and mummyhood tips.
The online mum community I signed up for years ago was an avenue to meet other mums who have similar concerns and issues. I have learned a lot of nifty tips about planning my son’s first birthday party, children allergies, as well as where to get the most fad yet affordable clothes for children or one of those 12ax7 tubes for your musically-inclined kids , from other mums who’ve been there before me. It has really been very helpful in my motherhood journey that is why I am delighted to share with you today a new parenting app that I am sure you will find most interesting.
ParentTown is a new and free app especially made with parents in mind. Here is a brief description from their website:
ParentTown is a platform for mums and dads for anything parenting. Ask a question, and the growing community of experts, parents and parents-to-be will share their experiences. If you have a sensitive question post anonymously. Have a cute baby picture, use our Photo Booth feature and share with our closely knit community.
We also host live sessions with some of the best parenting experts around you. We aim to make your journey from pregnancy to parenting a smooth ride.
The app is pretty straight-forward and the interface is easy to use. A parent can conveniently access all the information he might need or require from the app with its very organized and systematic menu.
I’ve downloaded the app recently and here are 3 things I love about it:
Recently a well-known South Korean parental monitoring and control spyware for Android phones has been pulled off the market on request of the government due to concerns over information leakage and data security issues. The app known as Smart Sheriff had initially been made a mandatory app by the South Korean government on Android Smartphones sold to kids under 18 years of age. But amidst fears that it has flawed and weak security and the risk of leakage of personal data of several hundred thousand minors; the government has asked for it to be taken down.
This is not the first time such an incident has happened, previously a similarly flawed app with weak security called mSpy had the information of their clients hacked and it was leaked on the Internet available for people to see.There was a lot of commotion initially but nothing happened; the company is still operating and people are oblivious to the fact that their personal information is available on the Internet including credit card numbers and smartphone usage profiles.
Solution and Ideal Example:
Looking at this, it brings to question what should a parent do? Parents should first of all do a thorough background check of the app they are planning on buying. They should make sure that the spyware for Android phones that they are going to use has no negative reviews in the news. Next, they should make sure that the app company has high encryption and security measures implemented to avoid the kind of aforementioned scenarios. It might be a little time consuming, but it will pay off in the long run.
Ever let your teen or pre-teen travel alone? Your probable answer is of course not, but in fact you have. What about all the trips in middle school or the overnight camps they went to, every time your teens did or do something like this without you, they are travelling alone. But this is different from taking long distance or international trips. The thought of your teen travelling alone so much far away from home for the first time can worry you sick. But before you allow your teen to travel alone, it is very important to understand the dangers involved and the safety measures you need to take to prevent them.
Teens can be persuasive and stubborn, once they decide they want to do something they will make sure they do it. And parenting teens, you are well aware about how impulsive, careless and adventurous teens can be. Even if it’s a trip to a relative’s or a vacation with their friends, teens need to understand that they have to act responsibly. Once you think your teens are old enough to take a trip without you they are old enough to understand the important rules about travelling solo and how to take care of themselves.
But you cannot rely on children to stay safe entirely; you have to be aware of their whereabouts at all times. So instead of waiting for their calls to inquire about their safety, you can use iOS parental controls to monitor your teen even when they are far away. But why parents consider travelling alone dangerous for their teens.
Travelling alone can be dangerous
You’re standing there, waving good bye to your teen at the airport, when you see them disappearing along the queueyou think to yourself, “I hope she comes back as happy as she is now”. Of course you’re worried that something might happen to your teen.