Verizon Wireless Launces New Service To Help Parents Track Kids’ Phone Use

BASKING RIDGE — Verizon Wireless has introduced a new service to help parents keep track of their children’s phone use.

A recent Pew survey showed that 78 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds have mobile phones, and 47 percent of those devices are smartphones. The new FamilyBase app allows parents to monitor who their children are talking and texting with, what apps they’re using and for how long, and when all the activity is taking place.

Other features include: 

  • View call and text data, contacts and app usage on all operating systems
  • Set time restrictions on a device during school hours or bedtime
  • Set trusted contacts the children can call and text
  • Remotely lock the phone for up to 30 minutes

The FamilyBase app includes a free 30-day trial and costs additional $5 per month for up to ten lines.


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