It’s a new school year and time to get concerned about classes, new teachers, new books, new friends and a variety of other things. Just add technology to those things you need to worry about when you send your kids back to school.
In an April 2015 survey commissioned by Asurion, a provider of technology protection, with respondents being parents of students currently enrolled in school (kindergarten through college), there were some interesting results. Parents are most likely to purchase calculators (50%), tablets (32%), laptops (29%) and mobile phones (23%) before the start of school this fall. Nearly half of the children getting a phone this back-to-school season are between the ages of 11 and 14. It was reported that 60 percent of parents said that use of personal technology is allowed in their child’s school and about 30 percent of parents report their child is required to bring a tablet or laptop to school. In another survey commissioned by Asurion this time with college students ages 18-25 in July 2015, 18 percent reported that laptops, tablets, mobile phones and other devices were lost, stolen or broken while students were out socializing at parties, bars and restaurants. The majority of incidents (56 percent) occurred during the usual day-to-day college activities, such as while students were in class, studying or while hanging out in their dorm room.
Asurion was recognized by Frost & Sullivan,a consulting firm known for focusing on new technologies, as leader for Global Mobile Support and Protection. Also, its Solut support and digital protection service was a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Honoree in the Software and Mobile apps category. As far as service, Asurion says that 90% of customers filing a mobile claim with Asurion will receive the same device make and model as the phone they had lost, stolen or damaged and that Asurion retail repairs 85%+ of tablets in less than 3 days.
Now that the hardware part is taken care of, what about how the child actually uses the device and how to protect them on it? There’s an app for that. According to WebSaftey, Inc., the WebSafety software and apps allow parents to monitor their children’s mobile device activities. The different items you can keep track of in the mobile device: Apps downloaded, SMS messaging, websites visited, device location throughout the day, geo fencing, posting to social networks and there’s an ability for curfew. It’s easy to get it going and use: Download the app from the App Store or Google Play onto any iOS or Android mobile device ; Activity on the mobile device can be monitored from an iPad, laptop or mobile device; The WebSafety app can be used with all four of the major wireless carriers in the United States and the three major wireless carriers in Canada; Parents can monitor multiple mobile devices such as phones and tablets and customize alerts and the type of information they want to receive. This app gives parents the analytical tools to watch for patterns or behaviors while children and teens are using their mobile devices and then send the parents real-time alerts about suspicious activity on a child or teen’s mobile devices in order to evaluate information and potential threats.