Conceived by seasoned software architect Stephen Pickell, and built by leading custom mobile app developer Metova, Inc., the app can be purchased for $1.99 for Android devices version 2.2 and above.
“For Christmas last year my kids received a handful of mobile devices and they were hooked. The phones and e-readers were interrupting school, homework, family meals and bedtime,” explained Pickell, founder of Wi-Fi Parent. “I was already paying $4.99 a month for a service through my carrier that could set curfews on placing calls or texting, but it couldn’t turn-off Wi-Fi, music or games. Kids are smart enough and technologically savvy enough to know that just because they can’t call their friends, doesn’t mean they can’t Skype them. That’s how this app came about.”
Unlike existing apps geared towards security when using a device, Wi-Fi Parent lets parents schedule customized times that children can access Wi-Fi, SMS for texting, calling or completely disable a device to eliminate distractions when kids are supposed to be doing homework or sleeping, for example.
The app when installed on the child’s device cannot be uninstalled without an administrator’
“I think the real breakthrough came when we were able to build a way for the app to lock down the entire device, but still give users the ability to call 911 or people on their whitelist in an emergency situation,” said Ben Coulston, the Metova developer who worked on the project.
“Everyone has seen the Sprint commercials that ask, why would anyone want to limit the use of mobile devices? The answer: when that usage affects the health and education of our children,” Pickell said. “We built this app so families could enjoy the benefits of having children with mobile devices without worrying about interference in priorities or the arguments that come with physically restricting usage.”
Wi-Fi Parent, LLC is a smartphone application company founded by consultant and software architect Stephen Pickell in early 2012. Based in Lee’s Summit, Mo., Pickell formed the venture to provide cost effective solutions for parents who struggle with their children’s mobile and tablet device usage. For more information on how Wi-Fi Parent can help set your kids’ mobile curfew visit Wi-FiParent.com.
Metova, Inc. is a software company that develops custom mobile applications for smartphone and tablet platforms, including Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7. Founded in 2006 by Kevin Ross, the company of 23 employees is based in Franklin, Tenn. With more than 150 clients, Metova works with the world’s most respected brands, including members of the social, media, technology and health care industries. Metova’s goal oriented, agile development process is guided by the principles of innovative and simple design and superior customer service. You can find Metova on Facebook at Facebook.com/