The type of monitoring available with uknowkids on Apple – and we stress Apple because this is really where uKnowKids is unique – is not achievable with most mainstream parental control applications, thanks again to the involved pairing process. Apple backs up tons of communication information, and this is all accessed and displayed on the uKnowKids dashboard.
See above the Launchpad, the main dashboard aggregating both communication and social media data. New contacts, top contacts ranked by volume of communication, recent social activity, location, as well as data summaries are presented. Text messages, pictures, and incoming and outgoing telephone call logs, are recorded and displayed. Click on any particular message for more information, including some limited biographical data on the sender (name and previous messages, for instance).
Search functions allow scanning for a phrase or keyword amongst text messages, but like a lot of functions, this often freezes up, making it difficult to use (at least when we were testing).
You may also drill down into the different social networks, which offers more granular and specific information on a similar dashboard.
All new contacts, comments, wall postings, and image uploads from facebook, twitter, and instagram are conveniently displayed, and contacts are tagged as new or most active. A click on any of the social icons drills down and shows only all activities from the relevant account. Check direct twitter messages, translate your kids facebook wall postings with uKnowKids handy slang legend, and see exactly when, and how much, your child is active on social networks.
Uknowkids aso provides a “Social Scan” tool meant to identify secret accounts your child might have opened without your knowledge. Search by name, email address, school, or nicknames your child might use, and uKids will send any potential matches.