Keep an Eye on Your Teen with the Kut off Kids Mobile Application

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Executive Summary

One-by-one, your child’s classmates are given smart phones.  Some of them have working parents, while others are involved in after school activities and need the device to contact their guardians.  Whichever the case may be, young Lucy is begging to join the mobile parade.  Sure, you’ll need to consider the increased monthly bill and rules about usage, once she joins the family plan.

But, what about safety matters?

When teens are given cell phones, they are granted free range to communicate with new people from different areas.  Rebellious teens can test their boundaries, claiming to be at the shopping mall when realistically traveling downtown.  Lucy may claim to be sleeping at Amy’s, but may actually stay at Ryan’s.  If these scenarios mimic your concerns, than the Kut off Kids app is the tool for you.

Kut off Kids is a mobile application and safety tool for guardians to track their child’s whereabouts.  For just $4.99 a month, users can customize the app, creating safety and danger zones and receiving itineraries of their child’s locations throughout the day.

If a child ventures to an unwarranted area, or, a “danger zone,” the phone will immediately cease all communication aside from contact with their guardian. Your teen will be unable to call, text or utilize any social media until returning to a safety zone.

Aside from different zones, guardians can customize whether they’d like a safety report of their child’s whereabouts sent directly to their e-mail or cell phone.  The phone will record their child’s locations at customizable times during the day, whether every twelve hours or by the hour, sending an itinerary of Lucy’s locations.

How will this communication block help, you may ask?  For teens trying to sneak around, lacking the ability to communicate with their cohorts is frustrating.  It makes their plans more difficult and discourages them from pursuing whatever activity he/she has in mind.  It stalls them, allowing you, as a guardian, to develop a plan of action.

Kut off Kids will only be available to account holders.  The purchasing process will require specific information only obtainable by those directly billed to prevent malicious use of Kut off Kids.  Since only account holders can use the app, Lucy’s jealous boyfriend or the suspicious neighbor cannot track her whereabouts.  But, mom and dad can.

The application will only connect with Lucy’s phone through the GPS standalone service.  And, when Kut off Kids is purchased, your child can no longer deactivate their GPS service.  Your child will have no way of knowing the app is in use, and you won’t need to tell them!

If you’re weary about Kut off Kids or don’t want to exhibit parent-stalker syndrome, allow me to dissuade these thoughts.  The teen years are some of the more rebellious, confusing processes in one’s life.  WebMD’s Jeanie Davis reports that teens are now exposed to adult activities more than ever before.

It is mainly during the 13 to 17-year-old demographic that teens will experience their first love, sexual encounter and exposure to drugs and alcohol.  At this stage, parents know whether Lucy is the rebellious type, but regardless of her demeanor, monitoring her behavior and whereabouts could prevent poor decision-making.

Kut off Kids could be the difference between Lucy involving herself with Mike, the marijuana smoking outcast or Sam, the driven baseball player with college plans.  It could mean the difference between a Friday night movie or booze fest.  It could give parents a leg up on their child’s extracurricular activities.

Kut off Kids will initially receive its funding after the official website is launched.  Here, interested consumers can learn more about the mobile application, its capabilities and the story behind K.O.K’s development. Current users can share their experiences with the device and how it has helped their families.

The site will ask for donations to kick off the project, and will reach out to organizations associated with teen safety for help getting started.  Over the course of six months, while the K.O.K. app is in development, a social media campaign will be launched for publicity purposes. K.O.K. will use popular platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to reach large groups of people.  After the application is launched, 10 cents of every user subscription will be donated to the organization that contributes the most to K.O.K.’s development. The application will be available for purchase in the mobile application store corresponding with the user’s smart phone and service provider.

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3 comments
  1. This was an interesting and somewhat scary idea (because it sounds very 1984-ish). However, I am fairly certain that there would be a huge market for this app.

    But, as a parent of two young boys, I do have my reservations. I learned early on from my two children that, they already have their own personalities formed, they are their own persons. I understood then that my only responsibility to them was to safeguard them and to teach them the difference between right and wrong. Because when presented with a moral decision, they themselves will hopefully choose the correct path – (remembering the life lessons of morality taught to them by me and my wife) or they will have to deal with the life lesson of choosing incorrectly. This app altogether robs them of the choice.

    Of course, I understand that this app would prevent awful things from happening to teenagers, but speaking from experience, when I was a teenager I never listened to my parents, even when I knew they were right. Why? Because I needed to learn these life lessons for myself, I had to experience them for myself.

    I’ll step down from my soap box now and stop there.

    But again, as I mentioned before if this went to market, I am pretty certain that a lot of parents would buy this app and it would make a ton of money.

    • There is a controversy with this application, because I agree with you here. And scary enough, it is very 1984-ish. I didn’t even realize.

      If this app were invented and I discovered my parents were using it, I’d be very upset. I’d feel like they were acting stalker-ish and weren’t trusting me. You’re also right in that it robs children of the whole learning experience. Parents who go to extremes with this application could instill paranoia in their teens, which will result in all-out rebellion after the age of 18. However, as unfortunate as it is to say, in the money-hungry consumer world of today, most people wouldn’t care. If it makes money, the developer is happy and if it helps the buyer, they’re happy. It’s up to the parent’s discretion as to whether they’d like to purchase the application and/or how they’d like to use it. That last sentence is speaking from a businessman’s perspective. I, myself, have some contradictory thoughts about it.

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