Why Androids Are the Best Smartphones for Dual Households

by | Jan 25, 2019 | Online safety

Raising kids can be hard. Raising them in two different households after a divorce or separation can be even harder. In our Parenting in a Tech World Facebook group, we see this theme pretty often. Different houses can have different rules, different standards, and different levels of supervision. That’s why monitoring with Bark can give parents peace of mind knowing that their kids are safer no matter where they are.

But because Apple has incredibly stringent security measures when it comes to third-party apps, iPhones present a unique challenge. iPhones have to be connected to your home Wi-Fi network to be backed up. And they have to be backed up before Bark can begin scanning the device itself, including text messages (deleted or otherwise), web browsing, and photos/videos.

Fortunately, Bark monitors email and social media on iPhones at the account level, so they can be monitored automatically. Of course, many iPhone families encounter the backup issue when kids are at a sleepover or away at camp. But for families with dual households, it can become a daily or weekly challenge. That’s why Androids are such a great alternative.

3 Perks of Monitoring With Android

We discussed in a previous blog post why Androids are the safest bet for your child’s first phone — they play well with third-party apps and provide more monitoring coverage for Snapchat and Instagram. Androids are also a better choice for dual-family households. Here are three more reasons why Android makes the most sense for Bark users:

More frequent scans mean more consistent monitoring

Backups are never required on an Android phone, so alerts from all accounts can be sent regularly throughout the day. This means that important, time-sensitive issues (like talk of self-harm or communications with predators) can be detected around the clock, rather than having to wait for the next backup.

Easier setup for both parents

When a child has an Android, there are only two quick steps to get started: the Bark app has to be downloaded on the child’s phone and the parents’ phones. That’s all it takes for setup! Once your child enters in the logins for their social accounts, Bark can be up and monitoring in minutes. Also, both parents can download the app separately and receive and access all alerts.

No computer needed

The dusty old desktop in the corner is quickly becoming obsolete. Many families rely on tablets, Chromebooks, or even just their phones to surf the web at home. However, iPhones actually require a computer to get Bark synced with its iMazing program. Only afterwards can you begin syncing through Wi-Fi. If your child has an Android, though, you’ll never need to connect to a computer.

Whether your family chooses to use Android or iPhone, Bark can help keep your child safe online and in real life. Sign up today for a free, one-week trial. 

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