Children got smartphones? Maybe you should download TimeAway

The latest new addition to mum and dad’s arsenal is a free Android app that allows you to monitor and limit what your children can do on their smartphone and when…

If you're tired of telling your kids to put their phone away, or you're worried about what they might be accessing on it, there's a new Android app that you might find useful.

TimeAway allows you to monitor and control your children's use of mobile devices and apps. All you have to do is download TimeAway - it's free, don't worry - on your device as well as those belonging to your kids. It'll let you add a password so they can't uninstall it.

So, what exactly can you do with TimeAway? Well, it's a lot like the DinnerTime app my colleague Helen wrote about a few weeks back - but with nifty added features, like being able to track your kids' locations on Google Maps when they're out and about.

You'll also get daily reports of how much time they've spent on their device.

Here's what TimeAway's creators say about it: "When your child first learnt to ride a bike, did you simply put her on a two-wheeler and let her go? Probably not. It was a process … and you were on the sidelines coaching her through it.

"It's the same with TimeAway. Our app lets you put boundaries on the internet, so your kid can gradually lean to become a responsible citizen of the web. It's the perfect solution for your kid's first tablet or phone."

At the moment, TimeAway has one major drawback - it's only available on Android, so it isn't compatible with iPhones, iPads, BlackBerrys or Windows Phone devices.

Yesterday I wrote about the Kudoso router, a Kickstarter project that needs $50,000 to get off the ground. It's a special wireless broadband router for families, which allows parents to block their kids from the internet until they've completed their chores.

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