You worry about your kids and grandchildren all the time. It comes with being a parent.
There's a lot for you to worry about these days, notably the secret lives they're living on their smartphones. They're chatting with strangers, sending and receiving sexually explicit images, they're getting bullied by throngs of people they may not even know, they may be contemplating suicide and they're being invited to parties where there will be drugs and alcohol.
Your kids' safety is at stake, and the scary thing is, it's all happening right in front of your eyes as they tap-tap-tap on their smartphones. You feel helpless because it seems there's nothing you can do about it.
We have a solution for you that more than 1 million parents are reportedly using to protect their children. It's WebWatcher, the 2019 National Parenting Product award-winning app that monitors what your children do online and on their smartphones.
Why you need an app to watch your kids
You have heard the heartbreaking news stories. You may have seen the CBS "48 Hours" episode, for example, about 13-year-old Nicole Lovell, who met the man who murdered her on a smartphone messaging app.
You have heard about teenagers who've been bullied by kids and adults to the point that they took their own lives. You've heard your own children tell you about social media apps where kids arrange "hook-up" dates with adults and parties where children are using drugs and drinking alcohol.
The uncomfortable truth is, you have to do whatever you can to protect your children. The good news is, you can install an app like WebWatcher on your iPhone, Android smartphone, Windows computer, Mac or Chromebook -- it takes about 5 minutes.
How web watching apps work
Create an account and add devices to the app. All of their activity is sent to WebWatcher. You access their activity from any internet-connected device on WebWatcher's safe website. What does that mean? When you're home and your child is in their bedroom and suddenly gets quiet, you can check WebWatcher on your smartphone or laptop to see what they're up to.
You can monitor their activity from work or when you're on a business trip thousands of miles from home. The alert log lets you set specific behaviors that you consider risky, so you can customize it based on your children's ages.
Activity you can monitor on an Android: texts, deleted messages, photos, screenshots, phone calls, websites visited, GPS location, social media messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Kik, WhatsApp and dating apps like Tinder that you may have heard teenagers using to "hook up" with strangers.
Activity you can monitor on iPhones: texts, deleted text messages, photos, phone call history, websites visited, GPS location and apps like Tinder, Kik, WhatsApp and others.
You can monitor similar activity on their Mac, Chromebook or Windows laptop.
Protect your kids and respect their privacy
You may be debating whether you are monitoring your children's behavior or invading their privacy. You have a choice. You can either monitor all their behavior, perhaps when they're younger, and then switch to getting alerts for only certain behavior when they're older.
10 commandments for kids online
It's tough to keep your kids safe when they're on their smartphone secretly talking to who knows who. It's scary because the real-life dangers play out on the news every day.
Kim Komando has made it easy for you to have a heart-to-heart discussion with your children and grandkids about your expectations for their online behavior. It's your job to protect them and they'll be grateful you're doing just that, eyerolls notwithstanding.