A South African IT firm called Mobiflock has announced the release of a commercial version of its latest app that enables users to impose parental control over the phones.
The app called Mobiflock My Child, installable on the phones, monitors the sites visited allowing parents or guardians to control the children’s browsing habits.
“The benefits the phones give our children are huge. But, no matter how tech-savvy kids appear, they are still children and need both guidance and protection from their parents and guardians,” said Patrick Lawson, Mobiflock founder.
Children are at high risk of exposure to violence, nudity and inappropriate sites whenever they launch into the Internet, says Mobiflock.
“It is a reality also that most children have access to smart phones and computers. It’s no longer a case of ‘if’ my child gets a smartphone, but rather ‘when’,” said Lawson.
The new release has seen Mobiflock bring in newer features including:
- Web blocking on Android smart phones and tablets
- Application of blocking on Android smart phones and tablets
- parental control services for BlackBerrys
- a new free service, Mobiflock My Life, allows anyone to block unwanted callers, track phone use and find or disable a lost or stolen phone
Based in London, UK, and Cape Town, South Africa, Mobiflock was founded in 2011. The firm is famous for developing software that enables restriction of smartphones, tabs and other gadgets from accessing inappropriate materials online.
Its services range from location of lost phone, SMS and call history, blocking unknown numbers, Web monitoring and blacklisting, and app monitoring and blocking.
The company offers a free membership although with $25 a year, registered members get a premium service for the gadgets.