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Mobile apps for monitoring children reach high popularity in South Korea

These applications allow parents to see how their kids are using their devices, and can even remotely shut them off.

In South Korea, mobile apps that allow parents to be able to monitor their children have been growing in popularity and one in particular, “Smart Sheriff” has been standing out among the rest as it provides parents with the ability to watch their child’s smartphone activity, shut down applications, or turn off the entire device.

This app was created with funding from the South Korean government in order to let parents block pornography.

This app was meant to give parents control over the offensive content that their kids will be able to view online. That said, the features expand well beyond that and parents have taken notice. Smart Sheriff is one of at least 15 mobile apps that are available in that market to let parents monitor the smartphone use of their kids.

Mobile Apps - Child with SmartphoneThey reveal how long the mobile devices are being used, how often apps are being used, and which websites are accessed. Some of these applications will even tell parents where a child is located using the device GPS. In fact, some apps will send an alert to parents if certain specific keywords are searched for, such as “suicide”, “bully”, or “pregnancy”. An alert may also be sent if the child sends or receives a message that contain those terms.

So far, these mobile apps have been downloaded nearly half a million times (about 480,000) in South Korea.

These app download stats are only likely to rise. The Korea Communications Commission in the country decided, last month, that telecom companies and parents will be required to install Smart Sheriff or another one of these monitoring apps on the smartphones of anyone under the age of 18 years. The commission is the regulator for the entire telecommunications industry in the country.

This requirement will not apply to old smartphones that are already carried by people under the age of 18, but the majority of schools have sent out letters to parents, regardless, encouraging them to obtain and install this type of mobile apps to help to keep their kids safe.

Walgreens implements mobile apps to enhance shopping experience

The pharmacy chain has decided to boost its in-store offerings through the use of a customer’s own smartphone.

Now that about three quarters of all adults in the United States have smartphones, Walgreens has decided that this is an opportunity that is too good to pass up and it has now added mobile apps to its shopping experience in order to make sure that it is as easy and convenient as possible.

Three out of every four people in the U.S. also have a Walgreens within five miles of where they live.

This means that most people have both a smartphone and a local Walgreens, making mobile apps an ideal opportunity to reach out to customers and improve their experience in-store. By doing this, the chain is also hoping that it will encourage people to buy more, while they’re there. The idea has to do with providing the ultimate in convenience. This smartphone application makes it possible to conduct searches for products in the store, to learn more about what they’re seeing in front of them with connected devices, and even to obtain savings opportunities with digital coupons.

The mobile apps also allow customers to fill their prescriptions with a few taps of their smartphones.

Mobile Apps - WalgreensAt the time that this article was written, Walgreens had not revealed how many users its smartphone app actually had, but the application continually finds itself among the top 10 lifestyle apps within the Google Play and iOS stores.

According to the Walgreens director of digital commerce product management, Adam Crouch, “Offline and online have blurred in the minds of consumers, so almost everything we do digitally ties back to stores in some way.” He went on to add that “We’re figuring out how to use digital to take convenience to the next level.”

The pharmacy chain now has a team that is dedicated to rebuilding the company based on a kind of “digital DNA,” said Crouch, who also pointed out that the company’s primary focus is on customer convenience. By putting a digital strategy into place, it helps to make sure that Walgreens will be more flexible and capable of adapting to the latest consumer behavior and expectation trends, particularly when it comes to the shape of its mobile app.