Verizon revamps its parental control tools with 'Verizon Smart Family'

Joanna Estrada
April 20, 2018

Formerly Verizon FamilyBase, this paid-for service gives you control over nearly everything on your kids' smartphones.

Verizon has long had a parental control service called FamilyBase, but today that is going away.

Verizon's FamilyBase is getting something of a relaunch today.

If you want to start using Verizon Smart Family, you'll need to cough up $4.99/month. It sounds like Smart Family keeps numerous parental controls FamilyBase offered, only it expands on them to include new features and capabilities for parents looking to manage screen time.

Verizon is a member of the Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) and committed to making the online world safer for kids and families by providing parents with leading tools like Verizon Smart Family.

With location tracking, you get peace of mind. You can set screen time limits via the parental control app on your phone, or just pause the internet on your kid's phone.

While a summary of call and text data is available in your monthly bill, Smart Family offers it up in a mobile app that you can check at any time. FOSI's website offers a number of resources for parents, including its "7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting", and agreements you can make with your kids to help you set the right boundaries.

Upgrading to Smart Family Premium will enable Global Positioning System tracking, letting parents know right where their kids are in real-time.

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