We look at the growing number of apps that spy on the mobile phone activity of your children. An increasing number of parents feel the need to spy on their children’s cell phones to keep up with who they talk to and what they share. One thing to remember is that all of the data you are tracking is being sent from your child’s phone to the Internet and then stored there. While all of these services use encryption to store the data, the fear it is out there is always on our mind.
While we feel there are better ways, we look at the growing market of applications. A step you can take on a schedule, or even better randomly, is to sit with your child and ask to see their phone. Browse through the pictures, apps and contacts. Learn the slang they use in texts. Check for history in the Direct Messages of Instagram, Facetime talks and more. Compare it to how your job owns your work email content, computer and provided phone if you are paying the bill you own theirs.
Remember that cyber bullying is a real issue and we are proud to be on the Board of Directors for the Megan Meier Foundation. You should be involved with your kid online activity and have open communication. Do not rely only on these applications.
Watch me in the following video that aired Jul 2016 on KSDK (NBC) News Channel 5 about this very topic before we look at apps. Follow me on every network as @IdoNotes (Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and everything else)
Below is some of the top apps for monitoring your child’s mobile phone activity.