WASHINGTON, Aug. 17, 2015 – ParentBlocked.com is helping to lessen worries about texting and driving.
Despite constant messaging against texting and driving, many young people continue the practice. For children who grow up using Smartphones almost constantly, it is hard to imagine they will refrain from texting while they drive.
The new Android app not only allows parents to manage their teen’s phone, tablet and other mobile devices from a distance, but also has a “lock” function once the car they are driving exceeds 10 mph.
The same automatic lock-down action can be scheduled in advance for no-device time-outs such as school hours, homework sessions, family dinners and sleep, of course. For those who have developed bad habits, regardless of age, ParentBlocked could be a life saver as well.
The statistics for teen texting-and-driving deaths and injuries is shocking to say the least. In a recent Automobile Club of America (AAA) poll, the data shows the staggering and preventable truth that “94 percent of teen drivers acknowledge the danger of texting and driving, but 35 percent admitted to doing it anyways.”
Here’s some other sobering facts about teens, texting and driving:
–11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving.
–21 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents are distracted by their cell phones.
–Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near-crashes when talking or texting on a cell phone.
–In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distraction-related crashes while 421,000 people were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver.
When the app is in lock down mode, ParentBlocked allows only call functions, so the teen can call only persons from a parent-approved list. This means no texting, calling friends or participating in any social media activities while on shut down or when driving more than 10 mph.
ParentBlocked.com highlights the following features:
— Safe Driving Mode: Blocks “100 percent of distractions from Android devices” while still allowing the child to call 911 and a parent with one touch.
–Scheduler: Allows parents to schedule responsible phone time, while at the same time gives parents the ability to shut down phone access during certain hours like school, dinner, homework and bedtime. Restricts all calls and texts except to 911, parents and pre-selected numbers.
–Grounded: Gives parents the ability to remotely turn off their teen’s Android devices anytime, anywhere with the ability to call 911, parents and a list of pre-selected phone numbers.
–Total Application Manager: Allows parents to see and approve every app a child downloads, with all new downloads automatically blocked until a parent approves.
The technology gives parents more control over the driving habits of their children. Coupled with GPS navigation devices such as “Find a Phone,” not only will parents know their children are not texting and driving, they will also know where they are driving to and from.
ParentBlocked.com is a must-have, not only for teen safety, but for the drivers and passengers with whom they share the road.