Mommy Katie: Cell Phone Monitoring: Necessary for Responsible Parenting

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cell Phone Monitoring: Necessary for Responsible Parenting

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In the past, laptops and PCs were the gadgets that most juveniles across the globe wanted to own. Now, due to the breakthrough in communication and technology, specifically the creation of smartphones and tablets, the tendency has changed and smartphones have become the most in-demand gadget among teenagers.

With the rise of the popularity of mobile phones, the cases of cyber bullying increased dramatically. This has turned to be a significant problem also for many parents whose kids have cell phones. It is difficult to keep track of who the children are contacting with and what they are talking about. Cyberbullying results to serious negative impacts on the person being mocked; child being bullied may drop out from school, or worse, may opt to do suicide. Therefore, one shouldn’t underestimate the effects of cyberbullying as well as its scale – parents need to prepare both themselves and their kids to this possible threat.

These days, parents are facing a growing concern of teens sending intimate text messages as well as videos and pictures of themselves to their friends and even to strangers. It can become a serious problem and parents have to be certain that their children are aware of the possible consequences of what they are doing. Of course, the crucial thing is building strong and trustful relationship between parents and children, but basic control is still a must. Remember that at school children are actively socializing and, in most cases, influence of their mates matters more that parents’ advice. So, kids can get involved in dangerous activities without realizing their consequences.

If you think that your children are not following your advice and precautions, then you can make use of a way where you can track all the activities made on your children's phone. Of course, this is done in order to protect kids and ensure the effective parental control. There are many mobile monitoring apps available (such as mSpy, more here and parents can pick the one that meets their needs best. For example, you can already monitor all the incoming and outgoing calls when you install a cell phone tracking program. When you are done installing, you will have a record of the phone calls made and received by your child as well as the duration and the details of the call. Moreover, you can gain access to your child's text messages, pictures and videos that have been taken whether received or sent by using a text message spy. Furthermore, it is easy to determine your child’s location with the precise recording of the GPS data.

Criminals are not anymore using the old ways to capture their victims - they are now utilizing the power of technology to do their illegal acts. Hence, installing tracking software on your child's phone is an excellent way of keeping your kid safe online. Such mobile tools can be a valuable addition to the explanation of safety rules, online security software that restricts the access to particular websites and others.


slehan said...

Stuff like this makes me glad I had my kids 40 years ago. Scary stuff.

slehan at juno dot com

Sandy VanHoey said...

This is great. There are way to many things going on that so many parents are unaware of. Anything we can do to keep them safe is a plus. I'm sure the kids would hate this but one day, they'd be grateful.

Denise Taylor-Dennis said...

My daughter is in college now but it would have been helpful to have something like this when she was a teen.