Smartphone addiction is one the new trend popping out throughout the whole world. Children keep on texting and browsing internet continuously via their smartphones and thus ignoring their studies.
However, this is not the major problem but the root problem is that children talk to strangers via internet or social networking sites and sometimes even share their personal information with them.
So in this article, I will tell you some of the best ways to monitor children’s cell phone and internet activities.
Why to monitor children’s cell phone and internet activities ?
Researchers at Case Western University found that high school students who spend too much time texting or on social network sites are at higher risk for other issues including smoking, risky sex, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse and absenteeism.
If you find your children are spending excessive amounts of time using their cell phone behind closed doors, particularly in the early morning or late at night when other family members are asleep then your children can be involved in sexting, so it becomes very important to keep a check on your children.
How to Monitor Children’s Cell Phone and Internet Activities ?
Here are some of the best applications that can help you to monitor your children’s cell phone activities.
TextGuard is an application that you need to install on your children cell phone. After you do so, you can log on into textguard website to watch all incoming and outgoing calls, text messages, e-mails and Web browsing history. You can select a certain phone number and block any activity to that number as well, so if you suspect suspicious communication, you can make sure your child cannot text, e-mail or call that person.
This computer application lets you control and monitor the websites your child is visiting. You can not only see where they go, but when, how often and what they are seeing. You can log-on to obtain a log of their activity. Every time they go to a Web site, it records it and instantly sends traffic reports to you.
This is also an application that you install on a cell phone. On its web site, It gives you a listing of all activity on a given phone. It also alerts you if calls or messages come in from a specific number. From your Web application or mobile phone application, you can see all suspicious activity, along with full content, including images. You can also print out reports to pass on to law enforcement or school officials.
Another thing I would suggest you to install is AndroidLost.
This application is not only handy in monitoring your child but can also be used to find your phone in case it gets lost.
This is surely a must have application for every Android phone. I will discuss its features and other specifications in my upcoming article on my blog.
So these were some of the best and useful apps that can help you keep an eye on your children and monitor their cell phone and internet activities.