SOURCE: SpectorSoft

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December 05, 2012 08:00 ET

SpectorSoft detext App Allows Parents to Automatically Turn Off Texting and Other Mobile Phone Functions That Distract Teens While Driving

Distraction.gov Reports That 11 Percent of Fatal Auto Crashes Involving Drivers Under 20 Stem From Distractions That Include Mobile Phone Usage; Apps That Reduce Distractions Could Save Lives

VERO BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2012) - SpectorSoft Corporation, the leading provider of parental monitoring software, today announced the launch of their free safe-driving app detext. detext decreases the risk of teens being involved in injurious and fatal automobile crashes by reducing distractions caused by mobile phones, which include texts, emails, calls and Web browsing. To further help parents promote safe driving for their teens and to keep tabs on their driving habits, the app also provides email and text alerts about teen driving activities and features an online browser-based dashboard where parents can easily manage the app settings and access their teen's location data.

More teens than ever have mobile phones and are driving while distracted by incoming calls from friends, never-ending text chains and Web browsing. detext helps teens establish safe habits by blocking access to these interruptions and gives parents peace of mind knowing that while behind the wheel their teens are focused on driving and not on their mobile phones.

"According to the Ad Council, 77 percent of young adult drivers are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text while driving. This is an alarming fact when you consider that statistics show 11 percent of deadly auto collisions involving teens are caused by distractions, which include mobile phone usage," said Lisa Shaw, senior director of online child safety and protection at SpectorSoft and senior editor of ParentingTodaysKids.com. "Now that technology has made communication possible anywhere, at any time, teens face the new challenge of learning when and where to disconnect. detext acts as a lifesaving and learning tool, stopping them from engaging in dangerous driving activities and teaching them how to drive better and how to use their mobile devices responsibly."

SpectorSoft's detext App extends protection for teens when they need it most by automatically blocking distracting mobile communications when the cars they are driving reach a certain speed. Parents can adjust their teens' detext settings to be as stringent or relaxed as necessary for such features as passenger mode, calls to and from designated "safe" phone numbers, and tracking speeding. detext also provides parents with alerts in real-time via email or text and a parental dashboard with an easy-to-use browser interface that lets them adjust app settings and view their teen's historical and location data.

SpectorSoft's detext App is currently available on the Android platform and has an advanced range of product features and benefits, including:

  • Parental Controls that allow parents to restrict access to incoming or outbound communications based on contacts and phone number, as well as on if and when the teen's device is in motion.
  • Family Safety Features that block texts, emails, calls, browsing and/or usage of apps while in motion, but that also allow overrides for emergency purposes and passenger travel.
  • Adjustable Speed set by parents for automatic notification once their teen driver exceeds a certain speed.
  • Parental Dashboard, an easy-to-use browser interface with remote access that allows parents to access detailed activity information on their teen driver, including historical and location information.
  • Alerts that parents can choose to receive via text or email on their teens' speeding events, the disabling of detext app settings and passenger phone access; parents can also receive a safe-driving scorecard. 

SpectorSoft's detext App is available in the Android App Store, is free for one device and includes email customer support. To find the app use keyword "detext."

For more information on SpectorSoft's detext, visit http://www.detext.com.
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About SpectorSoft 
 
SpectorSoft is the leader in computer and mobile device User Activity Monitoring and analysis software. SpectorSoft has helped more than 36,000 businesses, government organizations, schools, and law enforcement agencies conduct investigations, optimize productivity and efficiency, protect assets and reputation, ensure adherence to Acceptable Use Policies, review security risk, and audit compliance mandates. In addition, SpectorSoft has sold nearly 1 Million licenses to help parents and guardians keep children safe online. For more information, visit www.spectorsoft.com.

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