Friday, April 13, 2018

Grom Social and MamaBear: Social Media Site and App for Children

I am pleased to bring to your attention a social media website for children (by children – and supervised by professional adults for safety and security) called Grom Social.  It was actually started by then-12-year-old Zach Marks (now 17) and its grown to include over 17 million registered members.  Importantly, Grom Social launched version 2.0 of its incredible mobile app called MamaBear. The app combines cutting-edge parent-child communications with online monitoring and travel tracking functionalities and the newly-released MamaBear version 2.0 updates all of the app’s real-time functionalities, further enhancing the user experience for parents and children alike.

Available on iTunes and Google Play, MamaBear delivers powerful safety and awareness tools including social media monitoring, family mapping, reputation management as well as alerts to cyber threats towards their children.  MamaBear also offers a private platform allowing families to communicate and keep abreast of family activities such as kids’ team sports and school events.

 More about MamaBear:

Grom Social Enterprises is making MamaBear version 2.0 available in four distinct levels, including an advertiser-supported free version, a one-month trial version, a three-month plan and a six-month plan.

The ad-supported free version of MamaBear includes such core functionalities as View current location of your child in map; View uploaded Instagram photos; View follows on Twitter; View tags and location check ins on Facebook; Create a restricted word list for social media posts; Communicate with family via in-app messaging; Check in with Doodles; and Child can send Panic alerts to parents/guardians.

The one-month trial ($5.99) and three-month plan ($14.99) offer all of the functionalities available in the free version along with See a week of location history; Set safe and restricted places; Receive arrival and departure alerts for safe/restricted places; Set and receive driving/speeding alerts; and Monitor text messages (on  Android devices only).  Both the one-month trial and three-month plan eliminates ads in the newsfeed and provides for Priority Customer Support.  The six-month offer ($24.99) provides a free first month.

Recognized as "A Best Parenting App" by Mumii Family Awards for 2017, MamaBear recently surpassed the one million download milestone.  “We are excited to unveil MamaBear version 2.0, bringing families an even more enhanced user experience with significant updates across all functionalities.  As a result, MamaBear serves as a must-have for parents applying advanced technology to bring peace of mind as children go online or go about their daily travels.

MamaBear features include:

Family News – Where family members can send check-in messages with doodles, emoticons or photos all in one place.

Social Media Monitoring – A state-of-the-art monitoring tool that provides real-time updates regarding the child’s Instagram uploads, as well as Facebook and Twitter upload activity.

@mention activity – An acclaimed Android Text Message Monitoring function that allows parents to review all incoming and outgoing text messages.

Location Sharing – MamaBear’s specially-designed map that lets parents set home, school and other places for arrival and departure notifications.

Speeding Alerts – A popular feature of MamaBear providing alerts when the child is driving or riding faster than a speed you set.

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