Since its launch in September of 2012, our award-winning Family Guardian security app has been honored with its fifth distinguished award.
NQ Family Guardian won the National Parenting Publication’s Seal of Approval this week in the “Gadgets ‘n’ Gear” category. NAPPA’s panel of independent, expert judges and parent testers evaluated hundreds of submissions looking for innovation, safety, quality, and the value they offer to parents.
NQ Family Guardian helps parents keep kids safe
Once Family Guardian is downloaded and installed on a child’s smartphone, its web-based control center is accessible by a parent or guardian from any desktop or mobile browser. The app gives parents a wide range of choices about the latitude they want to allow for their mobile kids, and it’s easily adjusted for changing age and maturity. The app allows parents to decide how much time their child spends on a mobile device, what content the child can view online, and allows parents to monitor their kids’ mobile activities. In addition, kids can press a button for immediate contact should an emergency arise. With its user-friendly interface, parents and children can work together to set “blocks” and “allows.” Family Guardian keeps mobile kids safe, and provides parents with peace of mind.
For more than 20 years, the National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) has been the go-to resource for the best products for families. Decisions are made by their team of independent, expert judges, along with family and child testers. Julie Kertes, NAPPA’s General Manager, tells us,
“Parents look to NAPPA for the best products available for their families, and for that reason, we don’t take the task of vetting each submission lightly. NQ Family Guardian provides peace of mind for parents as they teach their children phone responsibility and safety, and through our judging process, we are proud to announce it as a superior, reliable and innovative product worthy of the NAPPA seal of approval.”
We can’t ask for much higher praise than that.
A consistent award-winner
We’re proud that NQ Family Guardian continues to receive awards that acknowledge its unique and outstanding features. In addition to this week’s NAPPA honors, Family Guardian has earned:
- Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) seal of approval.
- Top 25 app at the CES Mobile Apps Showdown
- Semi-finalist in the 2013 Edison Awards
- Finalist in the “Mobile Apps- Productivity, Utility & Public Safety” category of CTIA’s annual Emerging
- Technology (E-Tech) Awards competition. (Winners to be announced May 22, 2013)
NQ Family Guardian is available for download on Google Play and at select wireless retail dealers nationwide. For a complete list of all 2013 NAPPA Parenting Resources winners and more information about the competition, visit www.NAPPAawards.com.
We already knew the truth about Family Guardian. But now, twenty thousand unbiased parents have awarded NQ Mobile’s Family Guardian their highest rating of excellence through PTPA Media Inc. (Parent Tested, Parent Approved).
When parents see our PTPA Winner’s seal on Family Guardian, they can rest assured they’ve found a high-quality product that’s been given an emphatic seal of approval by other parents. It’s PTPA’s mission to discover the finest parenting products by letting real consumers test and evaluate them in the privacy of their own homes. Independent parent volunteers choose the winners, based on merit and user experience.
Parent testers are not influenced by advertising or commercial interests,so the PTPA Winner’s seal means this is a product parents can really trust.
This is a proud win for NQ Mobile because, as our own Victoria Repice commented, “As mobile devices continue to increase in popularity and replace other connected devices, safety for families and individuals will continue to be a paramount concern. NQ Family Guardian allows parents to unobtrusively manage their kids’ mobile phone usage, while also ensuring a safe and fun experience.”
Sharon Vinderine, CEO and founder of PTPA Media Inc, had this to say about this coveted award: “At PTPA Media, we are proud to play a role in certifying innovative products that families can trust. When consumers search for our Seal of Approval on product packaging and web sites, they are essentially searching for validation from their peers. Their peers will have objectively tested and approved these products based on their performance in a real life environment. That type of resource for families is priceless.”
Look for the PTPA seal when you download NQ Family Guardian. It’s just another reminder that we at NQ Mobile care about you and your kids. Family Guardian’s available on the Google Play store along with NQ Mobile Security and NQ Mobile Vault for Android.
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A middle-school teacher might imagine a classroom scenario where students bring their mobile devices from home. Across the classroom the lights from screens of tablets and smartphones are blinking and changing. Kids are loudly swiping, talking, laughing, Skyping, gaming, Facebooking, Twittering, texting, watching movies, looking at Pinterest fashions, taking photos of one another and watching inappropriate Youtube videos.
Sounds like a teacher’s bad pizza-dream. But, this is how some reluctant educators imagine a BYOT classroom and, if this fantasy were true, they’d be right to ban mobile devices from their teaching day. However, if it hasn’t already happened, rest assured BYOT is coming to a school near you and we’re all going to have to adapt.
What we know, so far
The BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology to class) movement presents its own set of complications, as well as a unique learning curve for educators. For now, based on a review of Internet articles, we can make a couple of assumptions:
Assumption 1. BYOT is inevitable. The extensive learning opportunities available to students with mobile technology far outweigh concerns about overexposure to negative content.
Assumption 2. Schools need to get on board and get their teachers up to speed on how to use the technology efficiently and appropriately. Perhaps, in some cases, specialists will be needed to conduct technology-driven lessons. For now, kids frequently know more than their teachers about technology.
The BYOTNetwork.com site explores specific issues surrounding mobile devices at school, and makes some fascinating points. They feel that operating a BYOT classroom takes an attitude of trust; high expectations; open access; sense of community; practice; and persistence. (BYOTnetwork.com)
But, there’s a faction of educators who are resisting the BYOT movement by censoring too much content and blocking too much access to the Internet. They even have a name!
B.L.O.B.: (Banner – Locker – Or – Blocker)
Educators who tend to over-block the Internet for students often have the opinion that kids will inevitably get into trouble if given too much leeway for online research. BYOTNetwork discusses the B.L.O.B educator syndrome,
“BLOBs are the people who keep students from using their personal technology devices to facilitate their learning. They ban technology devices because they assume that students will use their devices inappropriately, and/or they prefer to maintain the status quo of teacher directed instruction with passive student involvement.”
Using the Childrens Internet Protection Act as a backup, some teachers insist on sticking with daily lecturing to the test, and perhaps still see mobile devices as dangerous toys in the hands of students.
A Response to B.L.O.B.
It’s time to strike a balance for classroom mobile technology. The American Association of School Librarians has designated a “Banned Websites Awareness Day,” to raise awareness of how “legitimate academic websites and social media tools are being blocked in many schools and libraries.” The AASL feels students need to develop as digital citizens, and that they deserve the opportunity to get their learning from all kinds of sources, including the Internet. They also want teachers to utilize the social media tools that kids are now familiar with in their daily lives.
Learn more about Banned Websites Awareness Day and how extreme web filtering can limit learning. To better structure your kids’ mobile lives, look into NQ’s Family Guardian suite. Do you have an opinion about BYOT? We’d love to hear from you on our blog, or join the discussion on Facebook. Your viewpoint matters.
Mobile technology has become a staple in the lives of teens, but with it comes some surprising stats. A disturbing 40 percent of kids have reported that someone’s been mean to them online. And one million kids were cyberbullied in 2011! These facts show the need for a great understanding of this important issue, and raise some important questions. What is cyberbullying, and what can we do to prevent it?