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App that makes a phone into a dumbphone?

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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
My son will be starting secondary school in September, and I would like to give him a phone for emergencies.

I have an old-ish Android smartphone, but would like to know if there is an app I can install that limits what he can do with it. I just want him to be able to call a couple of numbers, and that's it. No internet or messages.

Does anything like that exist?
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2y, 4m agoPosted 2 years, 4 months ago
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#1
SIM with no data allowance. if school has WiFi it would be monitored so no x rated sites.
#2
I've not heard of anything like that, your best bet would just to buy one of the £5-£10 dumb phones and give him that instead
#3
see if you can put it in easy mode limits what he can do unless hes smart and can turn it off xD
#4
if you got a sin only deal on contract you could set it up so it will only call/connect to the numbers you allow. you have to phone up the company who the contract is with but it can be done this way. but their is nothing stopping him from taking out the sim card and replacing it with a pay as you go to phone/text who ever he wants.
#5
I have seen something here https://kytephone.com/ - I'll try it out, and hopefuly it will do what I need it to.

Thanks for all the suggestions - I think the best thing might be is to buy (or see if one of the relatives has) a spare dumbphone for him.
#7
He's starting secondary school, so why on earth has he already not got a phone. More to the point, why are you looking for a "dumb phone" why not just get him a cheap android phone so he can download app's etc.

If your scared of him looking stuff he shouldn't be then http://www.opendns.com

Boys will be boys.
#8
get a windows fone launcher and install free parental control app and change the password on play market so he cant install anything
thats about it
#9
ProPiers
He's starting secondary school, so why on earth has he already not got a phone. More to the point, why are you looking for a "dumb phone" why not just get him a cheap android phone so he can download app's etc.

If your scared of him looking stuff he shouldn't be then http://www.opendns.com

Boys will be boys.

Some parents take better responsibility for their children (because they are still children)

And good for them - much respect - I'd sooner restrict access and supervise in home rather than allowing too much unsupervised.
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philphil61
ProPiers
He's starting secondary school, so why on earth has he already not got a phone. More to the point, why are you looking for a "dumb phone" why not just get him a cheap android phone so he can download app's etc.

If your scared of him looking stuff he shouldn't be then http://www.opendns.com

Boys will be boys.

Some parents take better responsibility for their children (because they are still children)

And good for them - much respect - I'd sooner restrict access and supervise in home rather than allowing too much unsupervised.

Hence why I recommended OpenDNS to block adult content. But if you are starting secondary school, and one of the only children without a phone? Poor kid. I am a responsible parent, and you insinuating that I'm not because my son has had a phone since the age of 8?

Over protective parents aren't necessarily a good thing when your child grows up to hate you because you have deprived them.
#12
ProPiers
philphil61
ProPiers
He's starting secondary school, so why on earth has he already not got a phone. More to the point, why are you looking for a "dumb phone" why not just get him a cheap android phone so he can download app's etc.

If your scared of him looking stuff he shouldn't be then http://www.opendns.com

Boys will be boys.

Some parents take better responsibility for their children (because they are still children)

And good for them - much respect - I'd sooner restrict access and supervise in home rather than allowing too much unsupervised.

Hence why I recommended OpenDNS to block adult content. But if you are starting secondary school, and one of the only children without a phone? Poor kid. I am a responsible parent, and you insinuating that I'm not because my son has had a phone since the age of 8?

Over protective parents aren't necessarily a good thing when your child grows up to hate you because you have deprived them.

Where did I insinuate?

My comment was my opinion and it's still a free country etc but sadly some parents either do not want to take sufficient responsibility and/or give their kids everything they want so they become spoilt/undisciplined and/or don't want their kids to look as if "they've got nowt!" or be better than next doors kids (ie designer clothes instead of school uniform).

And the citizens of the UK wonder why our country is going downhill ^^up there is one reason^^

If your child grew up to hate you because you didn't buy him/her the latest this and that then you are not a very good parent - probably the reason why you assumed I had insinuated!

Edited By: philphil61 on Jul 24, 2014 22:03
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philphil61
ProPiers
philphil61
ProPiers
He's starting secondary school, so why on earth has he already not got a phone. More to the point, why are you looking for a "dumb phone" why not just get him a cheap android phone so he can download app's etc.

If your scared of him looking stuff he shouldn't be then http://www.opendns.com

Boys will be boys.

Some parents take better responsibility for their children (because they are still children)

And good for them - much respect - I'd sooner restrict access and supervise in home rather than allowing too much unsupervised.

Hence why I recommended OpenDNS to block adult content. But if you are starting secondary school, and one of the only children without a phone? Poor kid. I am a responsible parent, and you insinuating that I'm not because my son has had a phone since the age of 8?

Over protective parents aren't necessarily a good thing when your child grows up to hate you because you have deprived them.

Where did I insinuate?

My comment was my opinion and it's still a free country etc but sadly some parents either do not want to take sufficient responsibility and/or give their kids everything they want so they become spoilt/undisciplined and/or don't want their kids to look as if "they've got nowt!" or be better than next doors kids (ie designer clothes instead of school uniform).

And the citizens of the UK wonder why our country is going downhill ^^up there is one reason^^

If your child grew up to hate you because you didn't buy him/her the latest this and that then you are not a very good parent - probably the reason why you assumed I had insinuated!

You have misread, I said your child will learn to hate you from being overprotective nothing to do with buying your kids the latest clothes, gadgets etc. But hey, you just keep on trolling.
#14
You could get an applocker and lock certain apps so that when he tries to open them it will ask for a code or password idk
#15
Failing that I'd buy one of them old phones with a light on the top. Quality battery lasts weeks on one charge has snake on and only can text or call people and cheap if it breaks
#16
Depending how old oldish is you can add a second account on the phone and restrict whichever apps you wish on it, essentially like having an admin and second account on Windows. Think it's jelly bean onwards (4.2)
#17
oliverkennedy10
You could get an applocker and lock certain apps so that when he tries to open them it will ask for a code or password idk
^^^ Best answer

Install APPSLOCK and lock all the apps that allow browsing etc

plus the play store too ;)
#18
JoshJoshJosh
Depending how old oldish is you can add a second account on the phone and restrict whichever apps you wish on it, essentially like having an admin and second account on Windows. Think it's jelly bean onwards (4.2)

Not on later model phones, only on tablets.

Edited By: dlee1 on Jul 25, 2014 21:27
#19
Please whatever you do, do not buy him a cheap £5/10 phone, the other kids will make his life hell.
#20
My son already has access to various tech at home - the phone would only be needed in case of emergencies. It only needs to be able to call/text a couple of numbers, just to keep in touch. A dumbphone, or a restricted smartphone is perfectly suitable for this particular situation. That's why I would also pair the phone with a cheap PAYG SIM, and not a monthly tariff.

I have managed to install Kytephone, and it seems to be exactly what I need. It restricts calling to a couple of numbers, restricts access to apps, allows tracking of the handset via GPS, and auto-launches after being rebooted. And, it is all managed via a website.

I am not especially bothered about his social standing amongst his friends (perhaps NEtech was being funny?), and hope that my son would learn very quickly of the value of friends who like you because of your phone!

Battery life is an important consideration - I'll see how the old Galaxy S goes, hopefully the battery lasts.

Thank you to all for contributing, you have all been very helpful.

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