7 Best Apps for Parents to Keep Tabs on Their Family

These apps for parents can monitor your kid's phone use, location, and more to give you some peace of mind when it comes to your family.

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Find My Kids by Geo Track Technologies Inc

Find My Kids App

Ever wish you could know your child's location all the time? Using GPS tracking, the Find My Kids app helps you keep track of and automatically locate your child with their phone or GPS watch.

You'll receive notifications when your child enters and leaves regular places (like the house or school), if they press the SOS button, or if their phone battery is low. You can also view the apps they use in school, listen to their surroundings (this feature is not available on iPhones), and send loud notifications to their phone (very handy if they've lost it!).

With this smart app, you won't have to worry if your child isn't answering their phone right away, or if they are far from home. (Free; iOS and Android)

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Bark by Bark Technologies, Inc.

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Courtesy Bark.us

Bark monitors text messages, YouTube, emails, and 24 different social networks for potential safety concerns, so parents can save time and gain peace of mind. It can even proactively alert you to issues like sexting, cyberbullying, and depression thanks to algorithms that constantly analyze words showing up on your child's phone.

But in addition to alerting parents, Bark also provides recommended actions on how to deal with it and has even saved lives by alerting parents of their child's potential suicidal ideation. (Monthly subscription after free trial; iOS and Android)

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FBI Child ID by Federal Bureau of Investigation

FBI Child ID

Created by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the FBI Child ID app lets parents store their children's photos plus other identification (height, weight, hair and eye color, age) for quick access if a child ever goes missing. The information is stored on the iPhone only until parents need to send it to authorities.

Notable features include safety tips, checklists for what to do if something happens to your child, and shortcuts to dial 911 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Parents also have the ability to email info immediately to law enforcement agencies if the unthinkable occurs. (Free; iOS and Android)

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Family Tracker by LogSat Software LLC

Family Tracker

Don't just track the kids—track the whereabouts of the entire family! The Family Tracker app keeps tabs on anyone you like, but only if the other person accepts the one-time tracking request. The app uses a built-in messaging system, separate from standard text messaging, that allows you to contact family members and receive notifications that they read your messages.

You even have the capability to get your kid's attention by setting the device to "play a loud, annoying siren." For each device you wish to track, you'll need to buy the app separately. ($1.99 to $3.99; iOS and Android)

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Sex Offenders Search by LogSat Software LLC

Sex Offenders Search

If you just moved or are planning to move to a new neighborhood, you can research any neighborhood with this app. Simply activate your smartphone's GPS and connect to the National Sex Offender Registry to locate registered sex offenders in the area. You can search by name, address, and zip code, and results will be displayed on an interactive map. Click on a location for more details, such as pictures, names, addresses, and a list of offenses. ($1.99; IOS and Android)

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iCam by SKJM, LLC

iCam - Webcam Video Streaming

The iCam app, which has been featured on Today, CNN, and Good Morning America, allows you to watch live video feeds from any room in your home with a mobile device. To be monitored, each room needs to have constantly running computers with webcams and the app's compatible software installed.

The app developer's website has full instructions and a very short list of cameras that are not supported. You can make a donation via in-app purchasing to help reduce the company's server costs. ($4.99; iOS and Android)

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Alarm.com by Alarm.com

Alarm.com

Get real security with a complete system that includes mobile monitoring. Arm/disarm the system remotely, turn light sources on/off, and watch live and recorded video through installed cameras.

Parents can get alerts about a variety of household happenings—such as when children get home from school, when someone is poking around the medicine or liquor cabinet, or when someone has changed the thermostat or left the garage door open.

A subscription is required for a specific Alarm.com home monitoring service and the app works only with certain hardware. (Free to download, services require subscription; iOS and Android)

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