May 26, 2012
Originally posted on May 8th, 2012 by Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Editor in Chief
Designed to give parents peace of mind, the Sprint Guardian is a unique bundle that combines a family safety service and mobile security in one package. Working hand in hand with partners Lookout Mobile Security and Safely, the $14.98 service covers a family of five and promises 73 percent savings over purchasing each app separately. We spent some time with Sprint hear at CTIA Wireless 2012 to get a breakdown of what you get for your money.
The Family Safety part of the bundle lets you locate your child on an interactive map, lock his or her phone while driving (the phone knows when it’s going over 10 mph) and even lock your kid’s phone during “family time,” such as when you’re all at the dinner table. You can also see who your child has been calling or texting–though not the messages themselves.
Safely’s technology enables parents to check when their kids arrive at home after school using geo-location (even if GPS is turned off) and set up rules and restrictions. Just because 63 percent of kids text in class, according to Sprint, that doesn’t mean your child has to be part of that statistic.