Are you here, palms sweating, because your kid just asked for their first smartphone? Maybe you’ve used another monitoring software and you’re worried what they’re doing with your kid’s data? Or you’re simply worn out from using DIY solutions to check your kid’s online activity even though the problem is complex and other monitoring software options don’t show you the full picture?
Whatever your reason, you’re in the right place! Trust us, we’re parents too and we know letting your kid access the online world feels overwhelming and terrifying. As we looked at all the options, we felt they weren’t giving both parents and kids what they wanted or needed. It was time for something revolutionary.
That’s a pretty big claim, right? Well, we mean it. Let us tell you the 5 reasons why.
If that thought scares you, stick with us! Those “solutions” are failing kids.
Let’s start with screen time, the most accepted restriction. We’ve looked and the research does not back up the idea that limiting phone time protects kids.
Simply put, your kid could spend two hours on social media interacting with friends and positive support groups and feel loved and connected! Or, they could log on for 20 minutes, see harmful content and feel bullied and scared. Screen time doesn’t protect kids because it doesn’t matter HOW long they’re using their phones. It matters WHAT happens while they’re using it.
1. Angela Solomon, PsyD, Director of programs at Streetlight USA
You’ve heard all the stories about the effects of social media on kids so restriction has to be the answer, right? Well, let’s think about this for a minute.
Does taking something away teach your kid to use it responsibly?
Of course not.
It’s the same with smartphones. Involvement is the key, not restriction. When you monitor their activity, have conversations about the inappropriate or dangerous experiences and interactions that happen, and take the time to teach them healthy habits, they’ll learn to make smart decisions on their own.
Imagine shedding that burden of fear because you’ve taught your kid how to safely navigate the online world.
It’s the first-ever fully functional Android smartphone for kids. That means full access to the internet, the Google Play store, texting, calling…you name it. With their Aqua One, your kid can download all their favorite apps so that they feel included when their friends are sending pictures to each other on Snapchat, posting videos on TikTok, or laughing about some inside joke from Reddit.
This is not a dumbed-down phone. It’s not something your kid will be ashamed of. It’s got everything they could want in a smartphone!
Now here comes the great part. We just told you why restrictions don’t work but that doesn’t mean it’s time to give your kid unsupervised access to the digital world.
It’s time for you to be involved and it’s never been easier!
With Aqua One's Parent Dashboard, checking in on your kid is as easy as scrolling your social media feeds. Here’s why:
The Actions tab is where you will see every detail of your kid’s smartphone activity across all downloaded apps.
This means that every time they make a Google search watch a YouTube video, post on Instagram, send a Snapchat, or have video calls on WhatsApp, that activity drops into the Actions Tab in the Parent Dashboard. By simply clicking on the app you want to view, you can watch a recording of everything your kid watched, searched, or posted. Literally everything.
Plus, you’re able to filter Actions by the app they are using or use the calendar filter to only see activity across certain dates.
Built into the Aqua One, our artificial intelligence software is designed to look for potentially concerning pictures or videos accessed on your kid’s phone like:
If our AI detects anything, it’ll be flagged and put into the Alerts tab, empowering you to decide if you think anything needs extra attention.
(If you’re worried about privacy, hang tight. We’re getting there!).
Our real-time location tracking feature allows for GPS tracking of your kid’s Aqua One smartphone.
You can track them by tapping the location pin icon on the navigation bar. Rest assured, your kid won't be able to deactivate this feature (or any feature for that matter) whether the phone is on or off.
If you have multiple kids with Aqua Ones, you will be able to see the location of all them on one map.
By monitoring their smartphone activity, you can see:
Aqua One gives you peace of mind when your kid is online and the opportunity to leverage this valuable insight as a parenting tool.
If you thought we were stopping at monitoring, we’ve got news for you!
In order to give you the BEST phone, we designed our patent pending Mental Health Check to provide unprecedented insight into your kid’s mental health. We know big tech is building algorithms to capture young minds and show them content that keeps them stuck in scroll mode, so it’s normal to worry you might not know if it’s negatively impacting your kid.
Well, until now…
It’s time for you to know exactly how your kid is feeling.
That’s where the Mental Health Check comes in. Interrupting your kid’s scroll three times a day, this feature sends them thought-provoking questions that we created alongside clinical psychologists. In order to keep using their Aqua One, your kid must answer these questions (no working around them!).
An example of a question might be "Right now I'm feeling...." and your kid can choose from a variety of answers. These checks are customized based on their age; young kids are asked questions they can understand and older kids are given more complex scenarios.
Once your kid has responded to their Mental Health Check, those answers go straight into your Parent Dashboard. You’ll see the specific questions and their responses so, for the first time ever, you’ll have a real-time snapshot of their mood.
This insight is accompanied by recommended tips from our psychologist based on your kid's responses to the Mental Health Check. Say goodbye to any uncertainty on how to help them!
But, we didn’t stop there.
You can select the date you want to view to see previous Mental Health Check responses. Simply put, we’ve taken the guesswork out of gauging the ups and downs of your kid’s mental health. You can review all past responses to track any concerning trends that may need your extra attention.
We mean that literally. Their data stays under layers of protection so it’s completely secure.
If you want the knitty-gritty of how that happens, let us put your mind at ease.
Our cloud servers are distributed and air-gapped, while data is chunked and stored in a non-attributable fashion. This means that no one can access our data servers from the public, and your kid's data is stored in tiny pieces that only make sense once they are assembled.
It’s like your kid's data is written on paper before our software and AI shreds the paper and places each individual shred in multiple locations. Once they are put back together, they make sense but until our software and AI reassemble the pieces into your Parent Dashboard, it's just a bunch of random junk.
We don’t see your data and we never share your data with anyone else, including our network or service providers.
Now we know the words “artificial intelligence” get thrown around but what do they actually mean? Don’t the Alerts in your Parent Dashboard need someone to push out the notification if concerning content is detected?
Unlike other monitoring software, our artificial intelligence is a self-contained machine learning program. It’s constantly evolving to send you relevant notifications. You don’t have to keep up with the slang or work arounds that some use to keep their content, videos, or messages from being flagged. Our AI is designed to detect them with accuracy.
When the AI detects potentially concerning activity, those alerts go straight to you and no one else. We don’t have a team of people reviewing alerts to decide what violates policy or not (like big tech). More than that, we’re not like other monitoring software. We don’t have an algorithm shifting through the alerts, choosing for you the parts of your kid's activity you can or can’t see.
What happens on your kid’s Aqua One stays between you and them.
Just like it should be.
Yes, you read that right. We know it can be scary to invest in an expensive smartphone for your kid when you know for a fact they'll treat it like it's invincible. But with Aqua One, you won't have to stress about it!
It doesn't matter what happens (because we know kids are always coming up with new ways to break expensive things), we'll replace it for free.
Your standard monthly payment will completely cover any and all damages to the phone. All you have to do is log into your Parent Dashboard, request a replacement, send us the damaged Aqua One smartphone (which we give you a shipping label for) and we'll have a new one shipped to you before you know it.
Plus, you can do this as many times as you need!
If you've made it this far, you know why we believe it is the best smartphone out there for your kid.
We can confidently say:
At the end of the day, technology isn't going anywhere, so when you're ready to introduce your kid to the digital world, the Aqua One is here for you. Embrace technology and get involved in your kid's online life in a way that results in healthy, responsible digital habits.
We know for a fact other kid-friendly phones can't promise you that!