How to Block Apps on Android Phones to Let Kids Study

On one hand, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are disupting education bringing innovation and improvement in the classroom and in the relationship betwwen teachers, students and parents.

On the other end, according to recent studies, both K12 and college students spend more class time than ever playing with their digital devices. This basically means they don’t pay attention, miss instruction, and can be called out by their teachers/professors.
Teachers, parents, and students from all school levels generally agreed on restricting the use of mobile phones during classes and exams.

Parent have the right to know what the kids are doing with their digital devices, introduce controls and rules. In order to avoid distractions given by the exaggerated use of mobile devices from kids while studying (and while communicating with others at school or during the day, a fundamental activity while growing up), some Android applications can help.
These “blockers” can be installed on an Android device to block certain apps as well as some websites at a certain time.

Among them, Spyzie is a web-based phone tracking solution for parents to track their kids. When it is used to track an android phone or tablet, it allows users to extract information from the target android device after an easy setup process. Parents may view the monitored data remotely from any of their own smart phones, tablet PCs or computers as long as they are connected to Internet, ann block apps on target devices for a given time.

In details, people can instantly find the device and view detailed route history, view all sent and received text messages, track detailed call logs including incoming and outgoing calls, multi-media Files, check photos and videos stored on the target phone. browser history and bookmarks, monitor all web browser activity and saved bookmarks, capture screenshot, take screenshots anytime to track all activities, record all the keystrokes as encrypted log files, and spy on almost all social apps including Facebook, Line, Snapchat,etc. and check the basic settings and other device info.

Technically, users need to install a plugin on the monitored device via a simple setup process. When the spy plugin is installed, there is no icon left on the phone. To view the monitored data, users can open a browser and log into the Spyzie account. All data received from the monitored android device are displayed on the right side of the dashboard.

Other interesting apps to protect kids are:

  • Call Blocker, which allows parents to filter out calls and messages from unwanted and private numbers
  • OurPact, a parental control app featuring tools that allow people to block Internet and manage device use among kids. Specifically, users can block texting and other apps including social media, games, and internet browsing in common internet browsers like Safari and chrome, and set limits on kid’s screen time, and
  • FamilyTime, an app that allows parents to block the apps installed on kids’ phones, including the most distracting ones, like social apps and games.

Have a look at other apps and their features here

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