Verizon’s new parental controls are the ultimate smartphone nanny
Verizon has refreshed its parental control service, which is now called Smart Family. By subscribing to the service, which starts at $4.99 a month for up to six family members, Verizon customers can track their kids' activity in painful detail, control which apps they can download, monitor location, and get all kinds of alerts about location or device usage.
The service lets you monitor activity logs of call, text, and data usage, as well as set screen time limits and block out periods for homework or study. The app does have some blind spots -- you can't see activity in third-party messaging services, like iMessage or Snapchat -- but it's a more complete picture of smartphone activity than what you would get from a home Wi-Fi parental control service.
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