kodomo® Introduces New Features Designed to Help Parents Gain Insight Into How Their Kids are Using Mobile Applications and Messaging

Baltimore (June 23, 2015) – kodomo®, a next-generation application that gives parents the ability to monitor and manage their child’s mobile lifestyle on an Android® device, is introducing new features that will help parents gain insight and understanding into how their children use mobile applications and messaging.

The new kodomo version offers four distinct features:

  1. Parental Newsfeed: The Newsfeed feature provides parents with continuous updates on the applications used on their children’s phones. Parents get up-to-minute summaries on what a child is doing on a device — and if they have multiple children, they can set separate feeds for each one.
  2. SMS Monitoring: Parents can track with whom their children are text messaging by monitoring senders and recipients, as well as the number of messages being sent, on mobile devices.
  3. Profanity Catcher: Trying to stop a child from using bad language, or at least tone it down? kodomo informs parents if the SMS messages being sent or received contain bad words.
  4. Anti-Spyware Protection: kodomo protects user privacy and can’t be used to spy on other people. The child app always notifies the user that it is present.

Originally designed with a vision to help parents gain peace of mind in managing their families’ mobile lifestyles, kodomo is expanding to offer data and insight tools that aim to help parents build more trusting relationships with their children. The company’s groundbreaking features are designed to give parents data that they can use to have meaningful conversations with their children about excessive or unacceptable use of mobile devices, including phones and tablets.

“Our goal is to become the go-to, single application for parents who wish to keep their children safe, while also helping to guide them to healthy mobile habits,” said Bill Anderson, Chief Product Officer at OptioLabs. “While most parental apps help to block, track and control mobile usage, we want to empower parents with tools that will help them teach their kids how to use devices responsibly.”

To use kodomo, parents download and run the iPhone or Android kodomo parent app from the Google Play or iTunes store, and select the child phones they want to follow. kodomo sends a text with a link to install the child app on the child’s Android device. The kodomo parent app is designed for either an Android L (Android “Lollipop”) or iOS8 device, and the child application requires an Android L phone.

kodomo was created by OptioLabs, a developer of technology products that aim to make mobile devices more secure. The company is a subsidiary of Boston-based Allied Minds (LSE: ALM), an innovative U.S. science and technology development and commercialization company. More information about the product can be found at www.kodomozone.com. The new features will be available at the end of July.

Media Contact:
Christine Dunn
ArcPoint Strategic Communications
617.484.1660, x101

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