McGruff “Take A Bite Out of Crime”® SafeGuard Releases Back-To-School App for Child Safety

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New feature in popular free child safety app designed for back-to-school web usage and control

As children head back to school with their mobile devices in hand, many parents and teachers worry that they no longer have the ability to keep children safe online during school. The free McGruff SafeGuard Child-Safe browser’s new “Learn Mode” – designed specifically for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch - solves this problem for concerned educators and parents.

“Learn Mode” enables a parent or teacher to quickly bookmark all of the websites they approve of for their children’s school needs - such as learning, extra-curricular and community activity sites - and automatically remember them to allow kids to visit child-safe websites only. Access to all other unapproved websites is blocked.

McGruff SafeGuard Browser is a fully-featured, Safari-like browser application that parents download for free from iTunes, then choose to block or allow content by topic, age or by creating a customized list of sites to block. Over 100 topics can be blocked including pornography, dating, violence, sex education, alcohol, drugs, gambling and many others. Parents receive a report detailing their child or teen’s online browsing activity, and which device was used for access. This back-to-school “Learn Mode” release also blocks “bypass” sites; which are sites computer-savvy kids use to get around standard filtering technologies.

Based on McGruff SafeGuard, a parental control system for PCs that has helped tens of thousands of parents keep their children and teens safe when surfing online, the McGruff SafeGuard Browser application works just like the Safari browser but features:

  • Child / Teen / Adult filtering of websites
  • Safe Search capability confines surfing the web to the McGruff SafeGuard Browser. This prevents kids and teens from using another search engine to access blocked sites and content.
  • Automated device-specific summaries detailing online activity including the number of sites visited and blocked
  • Customizable: block or allow content from over 100 categories.
  • History of sites visited recorded
  • Email link to specific webpage user accessed
  • Ability to print webpage accessed to discuss with the user
  • Set browser Bookmarks to easily return to favorite websites
  • Quick and effortless set up

For parents who prefer to “set-it and forget-it,” the free version of McGruff SafeGuard Browser is perfect. For only $0.99 parents seeking the latitude to create customized lists of sites to block or allow can upgrade to the ‘Full Control’ version. For less than one dollar the McGruff SafeGuard Browser Full Version offers all the capabilities of the free version plus these parent-only password-protected features:

  • Ability to customize websites accessible based on category or add / block specific websites
  • Ability to disable browser filtering for short periods of time to enable access to certain sites for brief periods
  • Receive report on-demand detailing the amount of time user spent browsing online
  • History of sites blocked
  • History of sites visited
  • How much time was spent surfing
  • What words and phrases were searched for
  • Learn Mode

“It’s really hard to keep an eye on what our kids are looking at online at home or on their cell phones when out with friends or at school,” said Nowfal Ebrahim, a father of two children living in Andover, Mass. “Until I discovered the McGruff SafeGuard Browser Learn Mode, I worried that they were seeing inappropriate stuff but couldn’t find a way to regain control. McGruff SafeGuard Browser is very easy to use and allows us to decide what our kids see online. “

“We took the feedback of thousands of parents who use the earlier release of our child-safe browser, and added “Learn Mode,” said Marty Schultz, director of McGruff SafeGuard. “Other browsers available on the App Store were either too hard to use, too expensive or did a poor job. “Learn Mode” retains the simplicity our product is known for and ensures children have instant access to all of the websites they need for school.”

The McGruff SafeGuard Browser, free and Full Control versions, are available for download on iTunes at McGruff SafeGuard Browser is compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It requires iOS version 4.0 or later.

Watch a quick video to learn exactly how the McGruff SafeGuard Browser keeps kids and teens safe:

About McGruff SafeGuard
McGruff SafeGuard for Window PCs is an easy to use parental control software designed to help parents manage their kids' increasingly dangerous online activity. The service intelligently monitors child internet activity for potential danger, and control internet usage. It allows parents to remotely monitor their kids' activities on a secure website, or to be notified of potentially dangerous situations via cell phone and email alerts. McGruff SafeGuard for Windows alerts parents to dangerous behavior, such as cyber-bullying, Internet predators, or other teen activities that concern parents. It also provides helpful advice to parents on how to deal with certain issues. McGruff SafeGuard is a licensee of the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). Our offices are located at 2941 West Cypress Creek Road, 2nd Floor, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309. To reach us please call (954) 607-7559, send email to info(at)gomcgruff(dot)com or visit us online at

McGruff SafeGuardBrowser for mobile devices includes a child-safe browser, that blocks porn and other inappropriate websites, enhances iPad and iPhone restrictions and provides iPad and iPhone parental control.

About NCPC and McGruff the Crime Dog®
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to be the nation's leader in helping people keep themselves, their families, and their communities safe from crime. NCPC manages public service advertising under the National Citizens' Crime Prevention Campaign — symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog® and his "Take A Bite Out Of Crime®" slogan — and acts as secretariat for the Crime Prevention Coalition of America, more than 400 national, federal, state, and local organizations representing thousands of constituents who are committed to preventing crime. NCPC is funded through a variety of government agencies, corporate and private foundations, and donations from private individuals. McGruff the Crime Dog® and "Take A Bite Out Of Crime®" are registered trademarks of the National Crime Prevention Council.

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