Keeping tabs on our online activities is a major talking point these days, with companies like Google, Apple, and others introducing features and services to help us see just how often we’re using our devices.
For parents, making sure their kids aren’t overusing their devices or spending too much time online per family rules is important. And now T-Mobile wants to try and make it a bit easier with a brand new app and an accessory to help manage online activity. The new initiative is called FamilyMode.
The app is designed to help parents keep an eye on their kids’ usage time on their devices, filter apps, set limits, create geo-fences, keep tabs on where they are with real-time location tracking, and set bedtime hours. The app is designed to control those devices’ access to the T-Mobile network.
For Wi-Fi networks, that’s where an called the FamilyMode Home Base comes in. This works for not just smartphones but also tablets, video game consoles, TVs, laptops, and other devices connected to a Wi-Fi network where the Home Base is connected.
Using the FamilyMode app will cost $10 per month. Right now, T-Mobile is offering the Home Base for a one-time charge of $20, down from the standard $80 retail price. It will be available beginning Friday, June 29.
Is T-Mobile’s new FamilyMode effort something you’re interested in?