Update (4/24/2015) — Mobile Safe Families is no longer available. We have discontinued this product. For more information, please contact us.

Update (7/23/2013) — Mobile Safe Families is now available! Get started now at http://ngj.me/mobilesafe.

Parents have unknowingly put their children in harm’s way by not understanding the risks associated with these communication devices.

Can you always answer the familiar question “Do you know where your children are?” The question is no longer easy to answer, even if they are sitting just a few feet away. You can change that with a new NGJ service that will address the problems with kids and their phones. According to a new study from Nielsen, kids have gone mad with texting, data usage, and application downloads on their mobile devices. Nielsen analyzed the mobile data habits and surveyed more than 3,000 teens during April, May, and June of 2012. The numbers are staggering! Teen females sent an incredible 4,050 texts per month, while teen males send an average of 2,539 texts.

The primary reason parents provide their children cell phones is for safety! Yet parents have unknowingly put their children in harm’s way by not understanding the risks associated with these communication devices. The immaturity level of children means they do not ascertain threats or have enough discipline to limit usage, and most parents have no idea how dangerous unlimited access is.

Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Evil is walking through an open door (your child’s mobile device) and stealing children away with intent to destroy.

What Is the Solution?

Starting May 1, 2013, we will be providing a service that will allow you complete control of everything going into and out of your child’s mobile device. The service will provide parents the ability to:

  • Manage up to 10 different devices, including phones and tablets.
  • Locate your child remotely using his/her phone’s GPS.
  • View calls and texting logs to make sure your kids are not talking to an unknown person.
  • Restrict Internet surfing to only approved sites. For example, you may say no to specific websites with unsuitable themes, language, or pornography.

The service will also be enhanced over time, including features like:

  • 24 hour tracking, which allows you to view a log showing where your child has been over the time frame of your choosing.
  • Geo-fencing—setting rules based on geography. For example, if a child should be in school between 8 am and 4 pm and he/she leaves the protected area outside of the geo-fence, you will be notified via text message and email.
  • Content filtering, allowing parents to restrict specific content across the Web, not just restrict specific sites.
  • Support for additional mobile platforms.

In May the service will be made available free for 30 days with a simple download. The cost after the trial is $49.95 per year, covering up to 10 phones or tablets per family. You pick the 10 devices you want to protect. For additional information or to get your free trial, contact us.

It is time to shut the door and lock it and to keep the thief from accessing a door leading directly to our children’s hearts and minds. “My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion” (Proverbs 3:21).