Boomerang provides parents a powerful remote control of their child's non-iOS devices when installed in Parent Mode (MANAGE FAMILY DEVICES). When installed in Child Mode (CONTROL THIS DEVICE), Boomerang provides parents with features to get reports of their child’s SPIN Safe Browser internet browsing history as well as be able to chat and locate their child.
Boomerang in Parent Mode:
▶ Review and request your kid’s most recent location.
▶ Communicate safely anytime within your family group with our Family Messenger feature.
▶ View your child's web browsing history via our Reports - requires SPIN Safe Browser (free download).
*Only for non-iOS devices*
▶ Control device allocated screen time and scheduled screen time plus set a daily time allowance on individual apps.
▶ Individual app controls: block, encourage or always allow specific apps for good/quality screen time purposes.
▶ Call logs and Texting logs: get informed of inappropriate words being used too.
▶ Review YouTube app viewing history and searches.
*Note for Parents Looking for Screen Time for their Child’s iOS Device*
Boomerang cannot use the Device Management Profile so our screen time and app control approach was removed. Fortunately for parents, Apple has introduced their own screen time feature as part of iOS 12 - visit your Settings > Screen Time.
NOTES AND TIPS
● Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Boomerang does minimize the use of the GPS when not being used for events such as check-in and setting changes.
● All commands and location updates require an internet connection (Cellular and/or Wi-Fi).
● iPhone 4s is not supported due to its smaller screen.
● Boomerang no longer uses a Device Profile for parental controls on iOS.
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1. Customize your child's SPIN Safe Browser from Parent Mode - allows parents to change content categories to filter, add custom domains to block for your child's device using SPIN Safe Browser.
2. Block domains from our SPIN Browser history - hold tap + block.
Ratings and Reviews
Good basic parental controls missing from iOS
Overall a great Free alternative to other expensive offerings and is a good start to the issue of missing parental control functionality on Apple devices. Using this to set times when my kids are allowed to use iPads (for instance Only after school and never after bedtime). Can also override the schedules you define to allow use of the iPad as needed. Nice that Parents can control the settings remotely from their own phone. Can be a pain to set up and the types of control parents are given access to are limited (both thanks to Apple and the way they lock down iOS). The app is a little buggy as the developers are apparently are in early stages, but support from the developers has been great.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the review!!
Upset with Apple!!!
This is a great app, but Apple has decided this app was to competitive and much better than their update of Screen-time- which is a absolute joke!
If you have an Apple phone you can no longer use this app for what it was made for. Apple will not allow them to update their profile onto the Apple platform. I loved this app, it helps Control screen time without loops holes. Anyone using screen-time it has many loops holes! It doesn’t work like this app. If I could change all of our phone I would. You can fully enjoy this app if you are on Droid. I hope the developers can find some way to convince Apple to add this app back to IOS systems.
Developer Response ,
Well Apple is now rejecting all parental control apps... this is out of our hands. Sorry.
Worked fine at first
I absolutely loved this app at first because it was extremely user friendly and I could control my kids’ use with a touch of a button. The devices went into an area where the signal was weak and the app has not worked right since. It no longer updates their locations, follow the time schedules or send commands to their devices. It’s frustrating. Especially after I pay monthly for the app. I have since contacted support and I’m waiting on a reply. Hopefully it will get repaired.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your review - your challenges started around the time Apple rejected our app. Please read this important note for more information (we should have also emailed you): https://useboomerang.com/2018/10/24/boomerang-now-daily-app-updates-apple-news-not-great-sorry/
- National Education Technologies Inc
- 47.5 MB
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 2018 National Education Technologies Inc.
- In-App Purchases
- 1 Device Annual License $13.99
- 1 Family Pack License $29.99
- Family Pack Upgrade License $13.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.