In this digital age with so many shady characters with access to computers and social media platforms, are you aware of who your underage kids are interacting with online?
If you do not have software to keep track of your children’s activities, the answer is most likely no.
You might trust your kids online, but what about the people they are interacting with online?
Perverts, child molesters and paedophiles do not need to physically meet young children anymore before they cause harm to them.
16 y/o Jessica was bullied and blackmailed with nude photos her 25 y/o ‘boyfriend’ obtained without her permission. You are probably wondering how her ‘boyfriend’ got those pictures of her? well, she clicked on a link he sent to her which gave him access to the camera on her computer. He preyed on her and took those pictures of her without her knowledge or permission and her only mistake was trusting a stranger she met online.
One of the purposes of social media is to make friends and interact with new people with different experiences, making new friends should not be a costly mistake. If Jessica’s parents had monitored their underaged daughters online activities, the situation could have been avoided. If they had installed software to keep track of her activities online, it would have had alerted them of the malware that she had on her computer, in turn protecting her from the traumatic experience.
Unlike Jessica who was targeted by malware online, Abigal was lured out by her online interest. His intentions for her are unknown now because her father was able to prevent the disaster from occurring. Her father recalls the story, saying “I got a notification of my daughters location on my phone in the evening at around 5 pm from the monitoring software on my daughter’s phone. I had put on the setting to be notified whenever she was far from home. When I put the area in the map and discovered it was an old abandoned house, I called her phone but she didn’t pick up the call so I became very suspicious and worried that she was in danger. I left work and drove quickly to the location. There I found her lying unconscious on a mattress in the corner and in that moment I felt like my whole world was collapsing. I called the police and emergency service. The police arrested the group of boys who had knocked her unconscious. I’m glad my daughter was unharmed and I could locate her quickly from the monitoring app I installed on her phone.” When asked if he felt he was invading her privacy, he replied that he would rather “invade her privacy” than have a dead daughter.
Most of the time people view phone monitoring as an invasion of privacy but it’s really more of a layer of protection for those who understand it’s importance. It is a way to protect your children from the dark side of the internet. 80% of the parents in our study group admitted to using phone monitoring apps to keep track of their kid’s internet activities and location stating that it made them feel better and more confident about giving their kids unrestricted access to the internet. 9% said they check their kid’s phones physically but most times these kids have a way of hiding or deleting things they don’t want their parents to find out about.
Installing a phone monitoring app is the best way to keep track of your kid’s activities in real-time and be sure of their safety at all times. If you want to find out more about phone monitoring apps and software simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org