It's hard enough for a parent to keep track of what their kids do on their phones in the house, but it gets even harder when they leave or use a different device.
On Monday, T-Mobile announced its FamilyMode service. FamilyMode works in two ways: It gives parents control over what their kids do online with cellular data in or out of the house, and it lets them controls kids' Wi-Fi-connected devices like phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles and smart TVs.
The service costs $20 upfront and then $10 per month. That includes the home Wi-Fi device that monitors all sorts of internet-connected devices (it sits between your regular router and devices) and the FamilyMode app that lets you control internet usage.
Some things you can do with the FamilyMode app, according to T-Mobile:
- Set daily internet limits on certain apps or platforms
- Choose what apps, platforms and sites your kids can access on their phones or tablets
- Pause and resume mobile internet access
- Filter inappropriate content
- Reward kids with bonus screen time
- See which sites and apps your kids use
- Track your kids' location
FamilyMode will be available starting June 29.
Other carriers (like) offer similar parental control services. T-Mobile created a chart to show how its service compares to the others (see below) which might be handy, though the company's naturally a little biased.
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