As a parent I hope you realize that you should be discussing mobile phone and online safety with your kids. However, if frank discussions aren’t good enough, you may want to invest in technology that allows you to spy on most social media aspects of your child’s life — and TeenSafe makes this possible. TeenSafe is an iPhone and Android monitoring service for parents of teens and kids. The service is web-based, allowing parents to see incoming, outgoing and deleted text messages, web browsing history, contacts, call logs, Facebook posts, and Instagram activity through a secure, online TeenSafe account. Bonus, the software also uses the phone’s Global Positioning System (GPS), Wi-Fi, and Cellular technology to monitor the phone’s location — so beyond knowing what your kid is texting and posting on Facebook, you’ll also be able to see where your kid is located. If you’re a parent who would like to spy, but not let their kids know, good news – TeenSafe mobile monitoring technology is secure and discreet, allowing you to choose whether your child is aware (or not) that their phone is being monitored. TeenSafe does however encourage users to let their kids know they are being monitored to promote open communication within families. Scott Walker, Co-Founder of TeenSafe, notes, “We understand children are getting mobile phones at younger ages each year. As parents we know that along with the good this technology offers, there is a tremendous risk in giving them an opportunity to stumble upon dangers that can affect their whole life. TeenSafe allows parents the ability to make sure their kids are using this very powerful technology safely and responsibly.”Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
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TeenSafe was born through personal experiences involving the founders’ teens and their mobile devices, which the TeenSafe press release notes, “could have been prevented with the use of monitoring software.” It’s true that teens today are subjected to a challenging social media landscape, cyber bullying, sexual harassment and peer-pressure that nowadays are often communicated through mobile devices via social media sites. TeenSafe says that they “provide parents with the ability to see these messages and intervene before any of these types of activities have the potential to do harm.” Ameeta Jain, co-founder of TeenSafe, says, “I believe TeenSafe goes hand-in-hand when you give your child their first phone. It’s designed to keep lines of communication open and we’ve found that it’s like having a window into your child’s life.” I can’t speak for other Inhabitots’ team members, but in news that will surprise no one who knows me, I think TeenSafe is a bit much. It offers a huge window into your kids life, sure, but leaves them, in my opinion, almost zero freedom or secrets, which really all humans deserve. True, technology has some major downsides, kids are spending too much time on screens and bad things can happen via text or online. Still, I have a pretty easy workaround, that doesn’t involve spying on your kid – you can always limit tech time and features.
My son has a cell phone. I think he’s a little young at 13, but he plays a lot of sports, where time changes, like a late or early soccer practice or track meet necessitate a phone so I know when to pick him up. So yeah, I let him have a phone to make calls. He has zero access to text or web features. EASY, it keeps him off screens more often, and I don’t have to spy. If your kid doesn’t need a phone, don’t get him/her one. Most young kids aren’t busy enough to need a mobile phone. If you really think your kid needs a phone packed with text and/or web access, have them get a job and pay for it themselves because it’ll make them appreciate the features and hopefully use them more wisely. Also, talk to your kid about safe and appropriate ways to use their phone. Sneaking looks at every aspect of your kid’s phone just feels a little too much like reading someone’s diary, which I would have been mortified at as a teen. I also kind of feel like it encourage kids to think spying NOT talking is a good idea. Can you imagine their relationships when they’re older? Spying on a friend or partner instead of talking? If you are interested in TeenSafe, you can try it out for a trial period before you buy.