WebWatcher launches app for parents to manage kids' web usage

WebWatcher has launched Screen Time Manager, a new mobile app that allows parents to manage remotely their children´s time spent on smartphones and tablets, the company said.

This free app allows parents to block remotely the access to apps and the Internet on both iOS and Android devices. Parents can now manage their kids´ smartphone usage both on demand and on a pre-set schedule.

Recent research by Influence Central shows that on average, kids get their first cellphone at age 10. Common Sense Media reports the average “tween” (age 8-12 years) spends six hours online, while teens spend an even more alarming nine hours online each day. Excessive screen time can lead to problems in school, attention and anxiety issues, as well as sleep and eating disorders. The American Association of Pediatrics recommends children and teens spend no more than one to two hours per day using media devices.

WebWatcher offers parental monitoring software compatible with PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android and BlackBerry.