Sometimes the only way to get through to your teenage child is to send a text. There are an ever-growing list of smartphone applications that can help make parenting and communicating with your teen easier. Here are some apps that any teenager may not only find useful and entertaining, but they can benefit you, too, knowing he or she is learning things that are helpful to their everyday lives.
Chore Bank is a great way to keep track of your teenager’s schedule of duties and their allowance. This app is downloadable through iTunes for $1.99 and available to users of iPhones and iPod/iPad (iOS 4.0 or later) devices. It’s what the the app developer, Data Jedi, calls a “virtual bank account” for your child, where you can set up a list of chores, set up payments for each chore and show your child how much money they can make with each chore accomplished. You can even set up interest rates, which helps your child learn more about financing and money management of their own funds.
Breaking a Driving Habit
The Samaki Awards app is a game that can help your teen driver get out of the habit of talking or texting while they’re driving. The game rewards app users who drive safely with points that can be “cashed in” for gift cards and discounts at any of their favorite online stores. As a parent, this is an excellent app to teach your child the value of safer driving and reward him or her with discounts to maintain the quality of the vehicle. With the app’s award system, for example, your teen can earn a gift card to purchase new Nitto tires from TireBuyer.com. You can download this free app through iTunes. It is compatible with iPhone 3GS through the iPhone 5. It requires iOS 5.1 or later and is optimized for iPhone 5.
For those parents who need a steady eye on their teen, or just want to assure themselves of their child’s safety, My Mobile Watchdog is an excellent app. The app offers cell phone monitoring, providing you with information of who’s texting your child; mobile activity report, which gives you a daily summary of your child’s mobile phone activity sent to your email; and a tracking feature that provides you with a GPS position of your child’s past or present locations. It even provides you with master control over the phone’s contact list, allows you to block certain apps and limits the time your child spends on the phone playing games or social networking. This app is available on Android phones for $4.95 per month.
Keeping in Touch
With the Call Your Folks! app, your teen can earn Best Kid in The World Award. The Google Play app keeps your child on task to call you on schedule, which can help you remind them of undone chores and hear how their day went even before they walk through the door. Have you teen choose you as the contact and settle on how often you’d like their phone to send call reminders. The app costs $0.99 and requires Android devices 2.1 and up.
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