Can I Protect My Children with Remote Phone Spy Software?
- May 22, 2018 7:03am
Even though modern technology has made it easier than ever to connect to people and reach out to others when you need them, it has surprisingly also made it more challenging to raise your kids in a safe and controlled environment. It used to be about making sure that they don’t go to the bad parts of town when they were going out – but what can a parent do now when those bad places can be visited from the comfort of one’s own home, with easily accessible devices?
Tracking your kids with spy programs might seem like you’re pushing things too far, but it’s actually a more common practice than you might imagine. It’s not even that difficult to get started, as long as you’ve taken the time to research the market for these apps properly, and there is a lot to gain from using them correctly and in the right circumstances.
Do You Know Where Your Kids Are?
Tracking where your kids are at any moment is perhaps one of the best advantages to these kinds of apps, and it’s something more and more parents are realizing the importance of. It doesn’t have to be invasive as long as you’re open about the fact that your kids can’t hide from you and that they shouldn’t visit certain places, and this can potentially build additional trust between you, as long as you approach the situation correctly.
Just make sure that you’re open in your communication, and that you’re using a legitimate app with a proven track record, and you should be settled. Don’t go for the more questionable, unknown ones, even if they might be cheaper – and they often are – because you probably don’t want your kids’ information to be relayed to third parties and exploited for their own profit.
Communication Is Tricky These Days
Another angle to watch out for is who your kids might be talking to online. This is also surprisingly tricky to get a grip on, considering how much of an invasion into their privacy it would be to just openly go through their phones every day. That’s why modern tracking apps can give you the ability to filter out communication with specific people you know might be a bad influence, and they can additionally alert you when your kids have made new contacts that might be worth a second look.
It’s not about hovering over their shoulder to check every message as it comes in – you should actually not go that far, as it will erode the trust between you and will make it even more difficult to talk to your kids about real problems properly later on. But you have to know that they’re not getting any wrong ideas into their heads, put there by people who should know better but don’t have any visible indication that they do.
Online Access – How Much Is Too Much?
There’s been a lot of talk about the dangers of the Internet for kids lately, and it’s a hot topic in many circles at the moment. The “Elsagate” scandal related to YouTube is just the tip of the iceberg, and there are plenty of places out there where your kid can take the wrong turn and end up in a bad part of the Web. And considering how open the Internet is as a concept, and how much access it gives to information of all types, it can be a bad idea to let your kids roam around the Web unsupervised until they’ve reached a certain age.
A random list of the things you might want to keep away from your kids until later:
- Extreme sexual themes
- Drugs – including detailed instructions on their production
- Illegal activities (tips on shoplifting, social manipulation, etc)
- Terrorism propaganda (unfortunately, it happens more often than you might think, and kids are a prime target)
You can’t even block all the sites that might be harmful that easily, and all you can realistically do is follow the communication of your kids and their browsing history, and ensure that they don’t stray away from the “right” places online. It can be a bit difficult to get a hold over that in the beginning, but once you’ve gotten more used to tracking your kids’ activities online, it will be like second nature.
Keep Unwanted Apps at Bay
It’s also important to control what apps go on your kids’ devices, and what they are doing with them specifically. There are many apps on the current market that are legitimately useful and helpful in various ways, but there is also lots of garbage out there, especially when it comes to apps trying to obtain your personal information. You have to be responsible and ensure that your kids aren’t crossing any lines with what they are installing, and that usually comes down to just checking their app store activity on a regular basis and keeping an eye on anything that might seem out of place.
This isn’t just about keeping your kids from doing anything malicious – in many cases, they might not even know that they’re about to do something harmful to their device. Games like Minecraft, Fortnite and other kid-friendly titles are a very popular target for this. The app store is full of apps claiming to be able to unlock various advantages in those games, including outright cheats, but what they do in reality is they bury themselves deep into the device’s operating system, gain control of it, and start to monitor your kids’ activities for the profits of unknown entities in other countries (and continents).
While a phone antivirus might help, it can hardly ever be a sufficient barrier for those apps, especially considering that they pop up literally on a daily basis, making it impossible for antivirus developers to keep up with them when producing their new virus definitions. With that in mind, keeping a closer look on the situation and ensuring that you always know what your kids are installing and using is one of the best things you could do.