Block and Manage Calls Using G-mee Call Block

From the point at which we began designing our very first G-mee Connect, our goal was to provide greater control over different areas of the Smartphone experience. At the heart of every smartphone is the ability to make and receive phone calls. As such, the plan was to give customers the ability to take back control of their inbound and outbound phone call traffic.

For parents, it means their kids who they have provided a G-mee Connect can set rules around who the handset can call and who can be called. A parent can set the G-mee Connect to ring Mum and Dad, or receive calls from Mum and Dad, but won’t be able to make any other calls (beyond calling emergency services) outside of that shortlist. Parents can from time to time check the inbound call log and see what numbers have been blocked from ringing on their child’s phone.

For older Australians, call block will assist in gaining control over who can call in and when. Don’t want calls interrupting your dinner, or to receive calls while you are asleep? Easy, set a timeframe when all calls go to voicemail. Don’t want to receive calls from overseas numbers? Yes, you can block any number that does not start with the domestic number dialing prefix. You can even configure G-mee Call Block so the only people that can ring you are those that are on your contact list.

The list of features provided within G-mee Call Block is extensive, and we are really proud to offer this app at no extra charge for our G-mee Connect customers.

To take advantage of G-mee Call Block, download the app from our website to your G-mee Connect and install it to the handset. The app is not included on the Google Playstore, but it is safe to download and install directly from us. Please only download it from this link.

We have put together an explanation video to answer more of your questions and provide guidance on the installation process. Please post any questions you might have to G-mee Support so we can help you make the most of the G-mee Call Block service.

How to install G-mee CallBlock

When is your child ready for a mobile phone?

There is no hard and fast rule when it comes time for your child to independently use a mobile phone. It comes down to the child’s maturity and critical reasoning – you, the parents, will best placed to know when they are ready.

From starting the commute to and from school on public transport and going out on their own, you know there’s a need for a device that can connect you with family members quickly and easily.

With countless companies, articles, stories and testimonials sharing the dangers of the online world, the fear-mongering can be tiring. But while people get caught up in the fear, finding a device or apps to introduce and educate children that are safe to use and navigate devices in a healthy manner can be hard to find.

When it comes to swimming, you don’t just throw your child in the pool and hope for the best. You give them lessons and educate them on how to manage themselves. So why are devices any different?

G-mee is the tool that allows you to introduce and educate children to the connected world at a steady individual pace. With in-built parental controls and a company focused on creating technology that educates their own children in forming healthy habits with technology, G-mee will stay true to its core on filling that gap in the marketplace.

94% of parents report their child was already using the internet by the age of 4.

Technology and smart devices are now integrated into every aspect of our lives from a very young age. Setting healthy routines and establishing habits as they start a relationship with technology is something that will allow our next generation to thrive, gaining the benefits from technology without the negative impact on their future.

Life and technology will always have a relationship and approaching the beginning of this relationship as a learning opportunity with your child is a great way to build safe use and habits. By focusing on the best parts of smart device technology and the benefits they bring, not only as a hit of dopamine, we might just be able to beat smartphone addiction.

The eSafety Commissioner has some great tips on how to stay safe:

  • Help your child to set a strong passcode.
  • Consider using parental controls to block or restrict specific apps, features and access to inappropriate content.
  • Set boundaries around the times and areas in the house smartphones can be used.  
  • Install software updates as they are released.
  • Disable location services when they are not needed.
  • Secure your home network; it’s wise to change your wi-fi password regularly, especially if you’re still using the default password.
  • Use secure public wi-fi hotspots if you’re out and about.
  • Only pair via Bluetooth with another device you are aware of and can control.
  • Help make your child’s accounts private on social networking apps to avoid unwanted contact.
  • Remain engaged in your child’s online lives and let them know you’ll be there to support them if something goes wrong online.

Introducing Spotify Kids

Spotify, the world’s largest independent music service, has just pressed play on their Spotify kids service for Australian customers.

For many parents, the ability to hand their kids a smart device and have them use some safe content that will keep them entertained for 20 minutes or so is a godsend. There’s lots of kids-focused apps available to be loaded onto smart devices. Some are safer than others. ABC for kids, is a popular one, and there is a countless list of games, there is also Youtube Kids.

Spotify has taken all of the music in their catalogue, thrown into our brand-new application and then removed any content that is not guaranteed ‘Kid-Friendly’. The new application is split by age group so there is a content solution for young kids and one for older kids. The younger kids (3 to 5)  are shown content based on images and the older kids (5 to 12) solution includes more use of words and sentences.

The content for younger kids is more focused around singalongs and nursery rhymes and the older kids are presented content or focus on chart music, pop and music to listen to at bedtime.

The app has lots of helpful parental settings, but most of all there is no content in the app that includes explicit content. So should a song feature lyrics that talk about sexual references, rest assured it won’t be in the kids app. Spotify won’t be cleaning up songs themselves, so if a song with explicit language does not have a published clean version, it won’t be included in the kids service.

Many people with kids allow them to use the YouTube Kids app. This service uses AI to program and check the content ensuring it safe for child consumption. Unfortunately, there have been plenty of examples where this service has missed the mark. To combat the challenges of only appropriate content being shown to kids, Spotify engages human editors to check all the content in the kids app.

Spotify has held back the release of Spotify kids for the Australian market to ensure that the service includes curated playlists by Australian editors. These playlists are shown to Australian customers and include Australian contemporary artists like Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian and 5SOS.

Spotify stressed that this launch of Spotify kids is the start of the service. Spotify kids is in Beta, will launch with around 7000 songs and 130 playlists. The goal is to grow this container of content over time.

To activate Spotify kids the user will need to subscribe to Spotify premium family service. Once your service is active you can download the dedicated Spotify kids app and log in to begin the process of activating the service.

The best thing about Spotify for kids is that parents can now give their children an application that delivers audio entertainment, in a format that they can easily navigate. The Spotify app is fantastic, but while watching a five-year-old try and use it, there was a clear need for a specific interface that was kid-friendly. Spotify is now offering that.

Setting Up The G-mee App Lock

Your G-mee device comes with built-in content controls to help manage the apps that can be used on the device.

G-mee App Lock is a preinstalled feature that allows individual apps to be encrypted and accessible only after entering a pin number.

To open G-mee app lock, open your settings, click on Security & Location, Advanced, App Locker.

You will now be asked to set a pin code.

Once chosen, select the apps you want to encrypt with g-mee App Lock – this is displayed by the padlock next to each app. Locked means that is encrypted, unlocked means it’s available to access without the pin.

Click on the switch at the top of the page to turn the feature on and off at any time.

Be sure to test some of the locked apps you have selected to ensure they have been successfully encrypted.

Each app is still installed and can still be used by simply entering your selected pin code.

You can also use app lock to block access to your g-mee settings, by locking ‘settings’ in the list.

You can still adjust basic functions like volume controls, but access to the settings menu is now locked.

For those with a G-mee Plus or G-mee Connect, App Lock can also block access to new apps being installed by locking the ‘Google Play store’.

You can now leave your google account entered into the Play store, but no apps can be added to your g-mee without entering your pin.

All G-mee versions include G-mee App Lock.

Tips for Parents: 8 Ways to Give Your Kids A Healthy Digital Life

8 Ways To Give Your Kids a Healthy Digital Life

So you’re worried about your kid’s digital health wellbeing. You’re not alone.

You’d love to be able to rest easy knowing that your children are in good hands and you don’t have anything to worry about.

But with 48% of children aged between 6 and 13 either owning or having access to a mobile phone, it makes it seem difficult to find the right solutions to solve this problem.

The team at G-mee have put together some things to be aware of, and some ways you can beat the problems. With solutions covering safety and appropriate content without spending a fortune.

With four safety and four entertainment products for you to consider, you might find something that suits exactly what you are looking for in our 8 Ways To Give Your Kids a Healthy Digital Life guide.

Life’s too short to spend worrying about the dangers of devices.

Get on-top of it now.