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You’re putting your family at risk.

Parental control apps might seem like a good idea on the surface, but can end up backfiring, increasing risk of danger, and laying the foundation for resentment down the road. We’ll show you why and what you can do instead.

You’re stifling curiosity.

Apps that impose tight restrictions on devices discourage exploration and creative thinking at a crucial age for development and prevent your kids from making smart choices independently.

Elizabeth Olson

This app is for babies don’t get it!!

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Lydia Quwigley

WHYYYYY I CAN’T EVEN DO ANYTHING IT FEELS LIKE IM IN JAIL.

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Elizabeth Olson

I HATE THIS APP!!!!!!!!!!! My mom put this on my phone and now i cant do anything so why should i even have a phone if i cant do anything.

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Lydia Quwigley

i cant even look at puppies.

parental control app review

You’re interrupting healthy use of devices.

Parental control apps can be overly restrictive, limiting the devices’ core functions, blocking too many webpages, or even interfering with homework.

You’re putting your kid in danger.

While parental control apps might seem like they do enough monitoring on their own, research shows they make your kids more likely to encounter content you don’t want them to see.

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Most parental-control apps are just that—apps that attempt to control what teens can do online, but ultimately do little to keep them safe online."

Researcher, University of Central Florida

Elizabeth Olson

Who would do this to their child?

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Lydia Quwigley

THIS APP IS THE WORST!!!!! NOW MY MOM IS WATCHING EVERY LITTLE THING I DO ON MY I PAD!!!!!!! NOW I CAN'T CHAT WITH MY ONLINE FRIENDS!!!!!!!!! I HOPE THIS APP GETS DELETED SOON!!!!!

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You’re fostering resentment.

Recent research found using apps that shut devices down without warning or monitor activities discourages communication and causes kids to feel resentment toward their parents. Using these apps on your kids’ phones is planting the seeds for a damaged relationship in the long run.

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Embrace open, frequent dialogue instead.

The best way to reduce screen time and keep your kids safe online is to create open lines of communication. Having regular conversations about responsible device use builds trust between you and your kids and leads to lasting healthier technology habits for your whole family.

Kids told us loudly and clearly that they would rather their parents talk to them than use parental control apps."

Researcher, University of Central Florida

Build a healthier relationship for the future.

When you work together with your kids to decide what responsible screen use looks like, you give them an active role in monitoring their own screen use, empowering them to be more independent as they grow older, helping them feel trusted, and making them more likely to come to you with concerns about device use and unwanted content.

TechDen helps you get there.

TechDen combines a charging and storage unit with an app that actually helps you work with your kids to develop healthy screen habits.

  • Reward for healthy behaviors
  • Encourage collaboration
  • Create more family time
  • Use “out of sight, out of mind” approach

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