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Family Orbit is a mobile app for parents to safeguard and protect their children in the digital ... More

Editor's review

Published 17 Jul 2017

Every parent wants to know that their kids are safe and protected from the things that could harm them whether it be in the real world or the digital world. However, it can cause enormous domestic problems if your kids think that you're looking over their shoulder all the time. One of the more effective ways of keeping an eye on them is with a phone monitoring device. FeedMyApp has reviewed many of them over the years. However, I don't think that we've seen one yet that does the job quite as well as the one we have here.

Family Orbit is a mobile app for iOS and Android that acts as a family social network as well as being one of the most comprehensive monitoring devices we've ever come across. This multi-faceted, all-in-one family locator, child-tracker and parental control app helps parents monitor their children's smartphone activities from the palm of their hand and allows them to keep an eye on their SMS texting, their call history, their location, the photos they share and the websites that they visit. It also checks for mobile data usage, monitors their address book & calendar and provides a 'life-line' if they are in trouble or just need a lift. As an added bonus, it also acts as a place to share news from all your family members.

This family locator app is unlike any other of its kind and is a total family safety solution. The main features include a GPS tracker that helps locate your kids in real-time - wherever they are - as well as their current location as well as their location history for the whole of the previous week. For older kids, parents can also set car speed limits and be notified if and when their teenager is driving over it. The 'family places' feature creates a virtual 'geo-fence' where parents can create safe zones like 'home' and 'school' so busy parents will know when their kids arrive and leave. This is great for parents who may be busy at work and want to know that their kids have arrived safely.

Parents can also monitor the photos and selfies that teens seem obsessed with taking. This should make sure that they don't send out anything inappropriate. The app also protects your phone bill from going through the roof by monitoring your children's mobile data usage. With Family Orbit you can see your children's daily, weekly and monthly usage history so you don't get a nasty shock at the end of the month. You can also protect them against online predators and cyber bullying by monitoring their address book and calendar events to make sure all is well and safe in their online activities. Children can send check-Ins or pick-up requests to their parents or send a panic alert to everyone in the family if a problem situation arises.

Last but not least is the 'family news' feature, which provides a private social network where the whole family can view the activity wall to see what's planned for the weeks ahead. All members of the family can communicate at any time via the private chat messenger. Family Orbit makes keeping in touch easy and gives parents peace of mind that their children are safe and secure when you're not there. What's more, it won't appear that you are looking over their shoulder all the time and embarrassing them in front of their friends. Family Orbit allows full privacy controls for adult members who can turn sharing on and off any time they like. It's available for free for iPhone, iPad and Android from the relevant App Store right now.

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