With the amount of time kids spend online they are bound to run into adult sites which are unsuitable and potentially dangerous.Luckily, there are several ways to prevent your children from seeing inappropriate content online. Some prefer the old-fashioned way of teaching kids about online security, others turn to services that filter internet browsing, and there are those who use parental control apps that monitor both online and offline activity of children’s smartphones remotely.
How parental control apps work?
While it is impossible to hide the icon of the application, it allows monitoring such features as text messages, social media activity, emails, contact lists and GPS location remotely without the child knowing. Logging both incoming and outgoing calls, instant messages, photos and videos are also popular features of child monitoring apps. All a parent has to do is to buy and then install the app on iPhone or Android. Once there is Wi-Fi connection all the data will be transformed to the personal panel of the user who is tracking the child. There are apps that work on PCs and those that provide remote monitoring of cell phones for parents.
The reason why parents tend to use parental control monitoring apps is the speculation that their children can be exposed to potentially dangerous content and people online. By now, kids spend around 4 hours a day online with 80% of the time via their smartphones, which makes it the most common medium for cyber dangers. Cyber problems like online predators, sexting, cyberbullying and online fraud have lead to numerous articles and news of children committing suicide and getting into serious troubles.
The stories of Cora Delile, Ryan Halligan, Jessica Logan and others cause parents to be concerned about their children’s exposure to cyber world. Chat rooms and social media may seem to be great ways of socializing, nevertheless, the fact remains that they are the most powerful platforms for cyberbullying, sexting and an easy way for sexual predators to contact children. At this point, mobile monitoring software allows parents to see all the chats their child is having and gives them an opportunity to appropriately deal with the situation.
Parental control software is a safety guard that helps busy parents. It allows controlling and protecting kids remotely without having to check their smartphone manually every day. Plus, it gives an opportunity to block unwanted content and track real-time GPS location, which decreases the possibility of losing track of children.
One of the major cons of using such software is the possibility of parents losing the trust and respect of their children once the children discover that their parents are secretly monitoring them. There are cases of children being close to hysteria when discovering such apps on their smartphones and computers.
Another con is that children can figure out the way to get around parental controls, while this is a rare case, it should be taken into account.
There is also a possibility of parents becoming too controlling or even becoming paranoid to the point that they give their children little or no freedom when it comes to computer and cellphone use. This could lead to the child’s inability to socialize with other kids both online and offline.
Whether you choose to use parental controls or not,it’s important to remain aware the potential online dangers and how to handle them.
Our hearts go out to every parent whose children were harmed or lost as a result of modern technology.