*Thanks to T-Mobile FamilyMode app and device, keeping track of my family’s digital life is now even more convenient and easier! This post is sponsored by T-Mobile.
Technology is in every aspect of our lives today. Did you notice that things are getting even more convenient and easier to achieve because of new technologies?
I am grateful for technology as a tool to make our lives better. But as a parent, it also becomes a concern as far as putting my kids’ online activities and screen time under control. I want to make sure that my kids are safe online, knowing what sites they’re visiting, or that they’re not spending too much time on social media. Yes, in this digital day and age, unfortunately, we parents face issues that simply didn’t exist 50 years ago!
Get this: a recent data shows the average US family has five or more connected devices and kids receive their first cell phone by age 10. Kids also spend an average of 19 hours per week across their connected devices. That’s 1,064 hours per year! But with each new screen comes additional concerns for parents — 68% feel a lack of control over their kids’ online habits and 71% worry about kids’ screen time.
Why I Love T-Mobile FamilyMode
Enter T-Mobile FamilyMode – an app and device combo launched on June 29 by T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” that helps you manage your family’s digital life across all of your devices. The app gives you control over your kids’ phones wherever they are and T-Mobile FamilyMode Home Base connects to your home’s Wi-Fi, giving you control over your other connected screens.
I find that the T-Mobile FamilyMode app has been a very helpful tool that helps me and my husband set daily screen time limits, filter unwanted apps & content, pause the internet, monitor app & internet usage, track physical locations for every member of our family, and so much more!
Here, I explain to you in detail how we use T-Mobile FamilyMode app and device in our home:
*Control data usage (pause or resume access whenever) on devices with the app installed – In the summer, our kids tend to try to go to bed later (you know, ‘because we don’t have to wake up early for school tomorrow’ excuse). Well, with this feature, I get to pause my kids’ internet usage on their laptops, phones, tablets and smart tv’s. So when we say, it’s time for bed at 10pm, we really mean it’s time to sleep at 10pm. No more playing with their devices in bed ‘til midnight. It’s so easy to set this pause and resume feature on the app settings!
*Provides real-time location information and monitoring. While most of us parents always know where our kids are, this feature on the T-Mobile FamilyMode app has been very helpful in finding misplaced phones around the house. If you’re out shopping at the mall with your kids or out at a park and your child wanders off, this feature will help you find your child quickly. With real-time location information and monitoring, you’ll have peace of mind because you can check in on where your kids are as long as they have their phone… anytime, anywhere.
*Filter web content/See device usage. My husband and I are very aware of the apps and content our kids read or sites they visit online. My 13 year old is obsessed with both his Nintendo Switch and Xbox video games and will sometimes want to buy add-ons and go to other gaming sites that he’s not allowed to do on his own. So but with this feature, we get to see his online activities and usage and we filter the sites that we don’t want him and his little brother to go to (including adult and extremely violent gaming sites).
*Easier in-home device management to Wi-Fi connected devices with the FamilyMode Home Base. I love that our family now has an easier, more convenient way to manage and control usage on all of our electronic devices – our kids’ computers, smart TV’s, Xbox and other video gaming consoles, iPads and phones. Not that my kids will sneak around parental controls by jumping on Wi-Fi, but if your kids do, the comprehensive solution that T-Mobile FamilyMode offers got you covered!
I’m so thankful that we have T-Mobile FamilyMode. I feelmore confident about letting my kids venture onto their iPads, video game consoles and into the app store now without having to check on them all the time.
How To Sign Up for T-Mobile FamilyMode + Cost
Beginning June 29, sign up for T-Mobile FamilyMode in T-Mobile retail stores, online or by calling 1-800-T-MOBILE. Then, just download the T-Mobile FamilyMode app from the app store on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet! The T-Mobile FamilyMode app is just $10/month for all T-Mobile customers on a qualifying T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice plan, and for business customers with 12 lines or less.
Adding the Home Base device is simple – just pick one up at any T-Mobile store or call 1-800-T-MOBILE (existing customers can dial 611 from their T-Mobile phone). The Home Base is yours currently at a promo rate of just $20 – a savings of $80 off the suggested retail price for a limited time! T-Mobile FamilyMode is available to all T-Mobile postpaid customers on a T-Mobile ONE or Simple Choice consumer plan.
If you’re looking into getting a new mobile service for your family, then get the T-Mobile ONE family accounts (two or more lines) which also include ALL these Un-carrier benefits at no extra cost, like:
- Family Allowances:you can monitor talk and text usage on the lines on your T-Mobile account. For families, this is a great way for parents to manage their kids’ smartphone activity
- Netflix On Us: through an exclusive partnership, get a standard 2-screen subscription at no extra charge
- Simple Global: unlimited text and data roaming and low flat-rate calling in 140+ countries
- Mobile Without Borders: use your device in Mexico and Canada with unlimited talk, text, and data and up to 5GB of 4G LTE
- GogoInflight: get unlimited texting all flight long and 1 free hour of smartphone Wi-Fi on all domestic flights
- DIGITS: use up to five numbers on one device, or use one number on multiple devices
- MobileHotspot: connect all your devices to the internet with included tethering data
- Un-contract: only you have the power to change the price you pay
- Carrier Freedom: we help cover your switching costs
- T-Mobile Tuesdays: get thanked with free stuff every week just for being a customer