Spotlight: StudyLock lets you monitor children's smartphone usage and improve their study habits


Developer: Big Mage Download: Android
Category: Education Price: Free

If you are a parent, you surely know that children become pretty much obsessed with their smartphones and tablets. As a result, their studies tend to suffer, and dealing with that can be pretty difficult. You probably want to know what apps they are using and how much time they spend on that. And if the situation is too bad, you'd want to be able to lock them so they aren't excessively used. StudyLock is an app that offers a solution to all these problems, and more.

Touted as an "intelligent educational system", StudyLock can lock selected apps and games on your kids' mobile devices and only give them access once they answer educational questions. They are specifically selected to correspond to their grade and stretch across 5 categories – Math, History, Science, English Language, and Social Studies. Adhering to the k-12 school system, StudyLock's questionnaire can accompany any child from grade 3 to grade 10. Parents can also make custom questions specific to their child needs. Once these questions are answered, the mobile device can be used as normal.

The app comes with many additional features. For example, it can allow explicit access to Emergency numbers such as 911, or a custom number when the phone is locked. StudyLock is designed so it cannot be killed by task killers, and it can be uninstalled by parents only. It outputs detailed statistics for your child's answers, generating grades and online report carts. The remote parent control lets one lock and unlock apps from a distance.

Based on their children's achievements, StudyLock's Gold members can enter their children into competitions for different prizes. The student is engaged through a rewards-based system and could even win scholarships. All in all, the app presents a comprehensive package for improving your child's study and smartphone usage habits.

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