I am sure buying your child their first cell phone would have been a difficult decision for you. By now, your kid could not imagine their lives without it, right? My 13-year-old daughter does not even leave her phone for a minute. For teens, texting is a popular mode of communication. According to the Pew Research Center report, 73 percent of the teens have a cell phone and a typical teen sends or receives 30 texts per day.
I was reading about a parent’s awareness session on teen sexting the other day led by Maj. Joel Shores from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. Shores talked to 75 girls at a middle school and asked if they had to choose between going 2 days without food or a cell phone what would they pick? All of them picked their cell phones. Shockingly, parents aren’t proactive about the texting habits of their kids. She said it’s ok for parents to be a little bit strict and even be a helicopter mom or dad to see what their children are doing with their smartphones.
In North Carolina, a person at the age 16 is considered an adult. There are cases where young kids have been registered as sex offenders for just one mistake. Shores shared the story of a young boy who sent just a nude picture of his girlfriend to a friend and got convicted. Now that boy will be in the sex offender registry until he is 44. Teens are actively involved in sexting on a daily basis. If they are convicted at the age of 16 or older, that will stay in their permanent record. One careless act can destroy their whole career. If your kid isn’t a teen yet but has a cell phone, know this they can access a whole different world with the internet.
After texting comes the challenge of social media. Parents say they have to balance between the desire of their child for more freedom and independence with supervision. According to a National Poll, 55% of the parents read the text messages or social media pages of their teen to get more information about their lives. If their tween has been invited to a party at the home of an unfamiliar family, 39% parents would track the location of their tween on their cell phone during the party. Mothers are more likely to do that than fathers.
A monitoring app for cell phone would be a good solution
It’s fair for any parent to believe that there is a dangerous world out there for their kids. It truly is but I have figured out a way to fix this problem by using a monitoring app for cell phone. I know, your child may find have a hard time accepting that you will monitor them or maybe you are against the idea too. But the way I see it, if you are doing it to protect them, then what’s the harm? I have been using a monitoring app for cell phone called Xnspy for the protection of my daughter and I feel very relieved with it.
Xnspy has helped me stay connected with my daughter and monitor her cell phone usage from time to time for the purpose of her safety. Let me tell you one thing: This monitoring app for cell phone is very user-friendly and even if you are not that tech savvy, you will get a hang of it soon. You are supposed to log into its web account which looks like this:
It displays all the information on the target phone (that would be my daughter’s cell phone) in an organized way. This dashboard has different tabs and as you click on one of those tabs, for instance on ‘Text Messages’, it will show you all the sent and received messages from the monitored phone.
Access the instant messenger chats
I can view my daughter’s communication on Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, Instagram, Tinder, Skype chats, and Kik Messenger. I can also see what pictures she is sharing on these instant messenger chats.
Track GPS location
Xnspy has a great GPS location feature. I use it to track the current location of my daughter whenever I want. I can easily dive into her tiny moves with the location history log. There is more to it. I love Xnspy’s geofencing feature. It lets me monitor specific locations. It works like this: I tell Xnspy about the red-zones where my daughter isn’t allowed to enter. Xnspy will send me an alert whenever she enters or leaves that red zone.
View the call log
I can also view the call log on my daughter’s phone. Xnspy shows me the contact numbers, logs of outgoing, incoming, and missed calls, date and time of those calls, plus the duration of the incoming/outgoing calls. I also like how they show a complete call analysis of a particular time period.
This is how the top 5 calls are displayed:
Here is how you can see the duration of the calls:
This is the call activity punchcard:
Read the text messages
This monitoring app for cell phone lets me read my daughter’s text messages from a remote location. If she is talking to a stranger or let’s say sexting, I won’t be in the dark about it.
Check the web browsing history
Xnspy also lets me check the web browsing history of her phone’s default browser. The internet can be a dangerous place for a kid who is left unsupervised. I know I couldn’t think of leaving my daughter alone with my internet-ready cell phone when she was little. Even the games for kids run advertisements and one click can take you to inappropriate websites.
View the installed apps on the phone
Another thing that I liked about this monitoring app for cell phone is that it lets you view the apps installed on the target phone. I find it a relief that I can see what apps my daughter is using and an even greater thing is that I can block an app remotely whenever I want. Awesome, isn’t it?
How does this app work?
Now let me answer the big question that you may have: How does Xnspy work? You simply have to buy the app (which costs $8.33 a month) and then install it on your kid’s cell phone and that’s all. It will transfer all the data from the phone to your Xnspy web account. You will just have to log into Xnspy’s website from your phone or computer and you will be able to view everything.
I won’t just suggest you to rely on a monitoring app for cell phone to stay connected to your kid. You also have to work on developing a healthy bond with your kids so that you know what’s going on in their lives without taking help of an app all the time.
Thanks to one of our writers for this informative post on how we can protect our kids.