I am checking out the eKavach app as a part of an activity at BlogAdda. It’s difficult to deny the need for eKavach, a parental monitoring App; especially when the internet has become indispensable and not independent of socialising, homework, studying, games, and so much more.
As a kid, when I was first introduced to the internet, the possibilities seemed endless. The possibilities are endless. I found forums where Harry Potter fans united. I spent a good amount of time in such forums. I found places where people claimed to be Daniel Radcliffe or Emma Watson and gave their (fake) email addresses to contact them. I did email one such “Emma Watson”. Thankfully, I soon learned to tread more carefully and navigate the internet world with caution.
eKavach seems to offer a child a clean, distractions-free internet experience and parents the peace-of-mind that their kid hasn’t fallen too deep into cyberworld.
How it works
eKavach comes with a Parent version and a Child version. The Parent version of the app is downloaded on the parent’s phone, and the child version on the child’s phone. The child’s App is linked to the parent’s registered account. Based on the parental settings and preferences, the child’s online/app activity is controlled, monitored and restricted.
- Regulating the categories of information your child has access to
- Blocking access to particular sites that the parent might feel can be harmful/addictive
- Regulating the amount of time your child spends on his phone
- This includes the possibility of a family actually having proper meals together, with the option of not allowing the child access to various apps/sites during meal time
- The tab to “Pampering your child” by ordering him/her stuff from various websites; something that can be encouraging, and motivate him/her
- In the Child’s version of the App, the Child has the option of sending SOS Messages to the parent
- Monitoring the child’s online activity, such as the amount of time he/she spends online, categories of the websites the child visited, and more.
- “Monitoring” the child greatly kills even the semblance of privacy, so perhaps those functions alone need to be reconsidered based on the child’s age.
- The App is only available for Android and iOS. Availability for Windows would increase its reach, and ease of use.
The lower age limit at which children start using mobile phone’s has been decreasing with every passing day. eKavach seems to offer a way to maximise the enriching and rewarding parts of the online experience, while at the same time, making sure the child does not wander too far, spend too much time on anything while he/she could be outside playing and when used optimally, with equal give and take, can enhance the parent-child experience. It seems to offer the best of both worlds; a sort of safety net within which the child is still free to learn, enjoy and discover new things.
Bottomline: This App is definitely set to make life a lot easier and tension-free for parents of this generation; in which even 5 year olds are smartphone savvy!