In this modern world of digital dangers and threats, keeping children safe while they are online is of the utmost importance to each parent. There are inappropriate websites and apps, cyberbullying, sexting, the risk of internet and digital addiction and worst of all, online predators to which your child can be exposed.
It's imperative that parents set clear rules about technology use and talk to their kids about online safety. With that said, it's also a good idea to regularly monitor and check in on what they're doing on their gadgets no matter where they are.
Luckily, there's an app that makes it easy. It's called Phone Tracker from Spy Phone Labs, and it gives you detailed information about any phone or tablet you put it on. It uses GPS to track the phone's location, gives you a full log of all calls sent and received, and even shows you text messages and web activity.
This information is available online after you create a free account. To install the app, you will need access to the phone or tablet. Then go to Google Play or iTunes, find the Phone Tracker app and tap "Install." Then open the app, set up an account name and password, give the phone a nickname and you're done.
To monitor multiple gadgets with the same account, just install the app on each gadget to monitor and use the same account name and password you used for the first one. They'll all show up when you log in online at http://www.phonetracker.com. Give it about 30 minutes after installing the app for the data to start appearing.
Warning: The Phone Tracker website has several confusing ads at the top of the page. The button you want to press on the homepage is the blue "Login" button. On the login page, enter your username and password and click the gray "Log in" button. You can also scroll down for the answers to frequently asked questions.
Phone Tracker is free and has versions available for both Android and Apple. To get around legal problems, Phone Tracker puts an icon on the gadget's home screen and fires off a notification every 12 hours telling the person they're being monitored.
That's actually a good thing in most situations, but kids are resourceful. If they know they're being watched, they can find ways around the app. So, either tell them you're putting it on there and you expect them to leave it alone or go for a paid app that's completely hidden.