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AT&T Secure Family App – What is it?

Learn how the AT&T Secure Family app helps parents manage and protect kids from inappropriate content and apps.

The content on different apps and websites can vary widely. Access to inappropriate content is easily accessible by kids, whether it’s accidental or on purpose.  How do parents manage the content their child is exposed to every day? Many parents are unaware of the apps and websites their children use on a daily basis. With AT&T Secure Family, you can manage the content your kids are accessing and so much more.

What is AT&T Secure Family?

AT&T Secure Family app is a single app, focused on keeping your family safe in both the physical and online worlds.

As the use of smart phones has grown around access to apps and websites, AT&T Secure Family addresses appropriate content filtering, regulating screen time and providing location services for family members.

Why you should use AT&T Secure Family

No longer is it enough to keep track of your child’s phone calls and text messages.  Teens continue to move to newer apps for messaging, social networking, gaming, and videos.  The popularity of apps can change quickly. AT&T Secure Family was designed for parenting in the online age and includes the ability to filter and block popular apps in addition to websites to make sure your child is exposed only to age appropriate content.

Top Features of AT&T Secure Family

Location Tracking

Long gone are the days of wishing you were able to track where your children are. With the AT&T Secure Family app, you have the ability to not only track their location but receive arrival and departure alerts when they leave places like home or school, and view where they have been. No more wondering if your child got off the bus or made it to their friend’s house. As children grow to be teens and drive, the parental concerns focus more on location tracking as they venture farther from home.

The Content Filter

Adding a child to your AT&T wireless plan? Younger children tend to be closer to the home so it is less about location tracking and more about content filtering and managing screen time limits. AT&T Secure Family is designed to address the lifecycle of your family, giving you the opportunity to customize settings for each family member.  AT&T Secure Family’s age appropriate settings take the time and guesswork out of filtering content. There are four age appropriate filter options to choose from based on the age range of each child:

  • High – under 11
  • Medium – 12 to 16
  • Low – 17
  • None – 18+ (location only)

If you wish, you can also customize content that can be filtered specific to your needs in eight categories:

  • Objectionable
  • Social Media
  • Messaging
  • Games
  • Downloads
  • Video
  • Malware
  • Other

Each content category includes the top apps and websites, filtered as appropriate, based on the age range of your child.

Real Time Controls

Wanting to go beyond tracking your child’s location and monitoring the content on their device? With real-time controls you can monitor their battery status, call and text directly from the app with family members.

 

It’s important to understand not all popular messaging and social media sites and apps are appropriate for children and teens. Tools that may have worked for monitoring your oldest child’s call, text and data use only a few years ago, no longer address the needs for filtering apps accessible by your youngest child today. Secure Family is the app that will help not only keep you up to date on what’s going on with your child’s device but will keep you in control and give you peace of mind!

If you’d like to learn more, please visit the AT&T Secure Family site for more information.


This article was written by Tiffani Anderson, a TechBuzz contributor. The statements in this article are her own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.


 

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