By the time the new school year begins, most parents are chomping at the bit to get their little ones dressed and through the gates. Summer holidays and family bonding time during the festive season break is wonderful, but you’re not alone if you relish quiet mornings at home or the office, without the constant panic that you’ve not applied sun cream or the dreaded “I’m bored” phrase.

Going back to school, however, comes with its own challenges: uniforms, textbooks, extra-curricular schedules, lifting schedules and the inevitable bake sale means that you’re never without school-related admin. Luckily, there is an app for that! Take a look at these four apps to help you start the new school year with ease.

  1. Karri Payments

Karri is an app that allows parents to make safe, quick and convenient payments to their schools. So far, they’ve helped over 700 South African schools and community organisations transact via secure, trackable online transfers, thereby eliminating the risks of keeping cash on school premises. The app is available for download on both the iStore and Google Play Store and registering an account takes less than a minute. Handy reminders on the platform mean that you’ll never miss a bake sale, civvies day, fundraiser or school outing again!

Details: www.karri.co.za

2. Kaspersky Safe Kids

Kaspersky Safe Kids is an advanced parental control app that helps you protect your kids. Take control of your child’s online exploration by managing screen time, blocking adult content and monitoring what they’re viewing on the Internet. The app works across all your devices, PC, Mac, and mobile, to make sure your family isn’t exposed to harmful or inappropriate content.

Details: www.kapersky.co.za

3. LocTransie

LocTransie is a mobile application designed to make it easy for parents to both locate and monitor their child’s whereabouts. It allows parents to find their child and their school transport at any given moment during their school transport route, through SMS notifications. The monitoring of the school transport improves child safety and provides parents with the assurance that children are safely and timeously picked up and dropped off for their daily trips including sports activities and school outings.

Details: www.loctransie.co.za

4. Cozi Family Organizer

Cozi Family Organizer is a free app and offers a surprisingly simple way to manage everyday family life. With a shared calendar, reminders, grocery lists and more, Cozi is a three-time Mom’s Choice Award Winner and available from any mobile device or computer.

Details: www.cozi.com

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