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Smartphones are sure to top many teens’ and tweens’ holiday wish lists. Parents may be concerned about the responsibility that comes along with owning a smartphone: How do I ensure my son or daughter makes wise decisions when using their smartphone? How do I keep it from disrupting school, sleep and family time? What happens if they lose it?

 

Teen smartphone adoption statistic:

According to Nielsen, American teenagers between 13 and 17 years old demonstrate the most dramatic increase in U.S. smartphone adoption, growing from 36 percent of teens who own mobile phones saying they owned a smartphone in July 2011 to 58 percent in July 2012 – a 61 percent increase.

 

Sprint Guardian Applications Offer Parents: 

Applications within the Sprint Guardian family safety and security bundle can help give parents peace of mind by allowing them to:

  • Monitor their child’s talk, text and app use habits.
  • Browse their child’s contacts and apps.
  • Lock their child’s phone during dinner, school, late at night or while driving.
  • Quickly and easily locate family members on an interactive map.
  • Set up automatic location checks to be notified when their child made it to school (or another destination) safely and on time.
  • Protect smartphones from evolving mobile threats including malware, spyware, phishing and malicious websites.      

  · Find a family member’s lost phone on a map, sound an alarm, and lock or wipe the device to protect personal information. 

  • Easily protect and manage their family’s mobile devices, including backing up photos, contacts and call history.

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Parenting Expert, Amy McCready

Sprint partnered with parenting expert Amy McCready to help parents manage the various challenges they face when it comes to their children using smartphones.  McCready tested Sprint Guardian apps - Sprint Family Locator, Sprint Mobile Controls and Sprint Drive First. She has shared her perspective in blog posts and in media interviews.

 

“I encourage parents to have an open conversation with their children about how to use their mobile phone safely and responsibly but also to take advantage of technology available to them, such as these Sprint Guardian applications. We can’t always control our kids, but we can try to control the environment and take away that temptation to use their phone at inappropriate times. Instead of physically taking the phone away, I have found the Sprint Guardian applications really helpful, convenient and affordable.”

 

About Sprint Guardian

Sprint Guardian features leading mobile applications from Safely, a division of Location Labs, and Lookout. The Family Safety Essentials from Safely enables families to protect their phone-carrying children through location checks and limits on texting while driving or at school. The device security bundle from Lookout helps customers protect their mobile devices from loss and malware.

 

 

Sprint Guardian

 

Savings by Purchasing Bundles

The safety and security bundles for Sprint customers on family plans deliver significant savings versus purchasing each app for each line. Customers have the option to purchase both bundles for a single monthly fee of just $14.98. For a family of five, that offers a 73 percent savings — more than $39 per month for both bundles.

 

Downloading Sprint Guardian

Sprint Guardian is available on many Sprint Android™-powered devices through Sprint Zone. Visit www.sprint.com/sprintguardian for more information and a free 15-day trial of Family Safety Essentials.

 

Supporting Resources:

Sprint Guardian website: www.sprint.com/sprintguardian

News Release: “Sprint Offers Parents a Solution to Help Keep Teens and Children Safe and Use Mobile Devices Responsibly”

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