This is just about every parent's nightmare: Finding out their underage child is having a physical relationship with someone. What's worse: It's with an adult. Even worse: their school teacher.
One study found that one in six adults knew someone who'd had a relationship with a teacher at school, but only 129 teachers had been prosecuted in the 17-year period of the study, according to The Guardian.
So, parents are getting smart. You won't believe how these Arizona parents found out their 13-year-old son was having an inappropriate relationship with his teacher.
App uncovers inappropriate relationships
So here's what happened. The parents of a 13-year-old Arizona boy had installed a mobile monitoring app on his smartphone that allows parents to tap into their kids' gadgets without actively spying on them.
Apps like these use algorithms to monitor a child's device in the background and notify parents if they find disturbing content or behavior. They search for things like potentially inappropriate words in text messages, images, app usage and location tracking.
In this case, the app flagged a word that was constantly showing up in texts. The word was "baby."
The boy's mother received an alert and took a look at those texts. She figured out what was going on, and the boy's father confront the teacher about it. Then they reported it to police.
Officers arrested the 27-year-old female and put her behind bars. She's been charged with multiple crimes including sexual misconduct with a minor. She pleaded not guilty but has surrendered her state teaching certificate.
Monitoring apps can help keep kids safe
Monitoring apps are essential in keeping children safe in today's connected world. They're not just for weeding out bad teachers, they also watch out for cyberbullying and other types of online predators.
You've probably heard Kim talk about WebWatcher. It's a great service that lets you monitor any device from anywhere, including iPhone, Android, PC, Mac and Chromebook.
Depending on which device you're monitoring, you'll see things like SMS and texts, deleted texts, screenshots, photos, website history, call log history, GPS location, social media activity, app usage and more.
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