According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, as smartphone use among teens has grown so has their use of mobile Internet. In a recent survey of over 800 youth ages 12-17 Pew found that nearly half of teens have smartphones which is double what it was in 2011 and just about a quarter of kids have tablet computers. While most teens (95%) have access to the Internet at home, 74% of teens say they access the internet on mobile devices and one in four teens only use their cell phones and tablets for Internet access. According to Pew, girls are especially likely to be ‘cell-mostly’ internet users. Among girl smartphone users, 55% say they use the Internet mostly from their phone.
“The nature of teens’ internet use has transformed dramatically — from stationary connections tied to shared desktops in the home to always-on connections that move with them throughout the day,” said Mary Madden, Senior Researcher for the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and co-author of the report.
To help parents get a handle on their children’s Internet use, Awareness Technologies, makers of WebWatcher for PCs and WebWatcher for Mobile, recently announced the addition of mobile website filtering for Apple iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. WebWatcher Mobile Filtering monitors all websites visited within the WebWatcher browser and offers predefined, as well as user defined, category and URL blocking. WebWatcher Mobile for Android and BlackBerry records every phone call that is made, received or even missed along with all photos that are taken and SMS texts including Facebook messages. The easy to install app also provides Geolocation to track where the mobile device is – and where it has been.
The popular WebWatcher Mobile application incorporates much of the power and functionality contained in the award-winning WebWatcher for PCs. Both monitoring solutions work in conjunction to enable parents and small business owners to monitor and protect users on desktops as well as mobile devices.
For more information, please visit WebWatcher