If you have a teen child, you are likely to be worried every once in a while, if not all the time, about what they are doing. Being a teenager is a difficult time for everybody involved, one in which boundaries are pushed, independence is found, and personalities are developed. While this is all natural, you do have to protect your child, but in a way that respects their independence and self-discovery. One way to achieve this is by installing user activity monitoring software on their cellphones and computer.
This type of spyware can give you great piece of mind. It is very easy to install on a device, even if you don’t have regular access to your child’s phone. The best option is to tell your child that you will install the software on it for their own protection. Either way, however, once it is on there, you don’t have to worry about sudden updates or reinstallations showing up, as that is all done online.
The Update Process
The software will be linked to an online account, which is updated every day. You simply login and see exactly who your child has phoned, what they have text, who are in their address book, and even where they have been through GPS. This means that, at all times, you can know where your teen is and what they are doing. Similarly, when it is installed on their PC, you can see the websites they have visited and what sort of chat conversations they have had.
Recognizing Good Quality Software
It is very important that you pick a piece of software that has a number of specific features. Those include:
- That it is compatible with multiple devices.
- That it runs in the background without slowing the device down.
- That it can only be accessed by those with the right credentials.
- That it doesn’t cost too much.
- That it can be hidden from the device, so your child doesn’t know it is there unless you tell them it is.
- That it provides reports online, so you can access them whenever you want.
Good quality software doesn’t cost the earth, but you shouldn’t just go for the cheapest thing you come across either. At the end of the day, what matters is quality. After all, this is about the safety and protection of your child, and you cannot put a price on it. Remember that, while you are in essence spying, you stop them from getting into trouble, including bullying, substance abuse, and other issues.
A lot of parents don’t like the idea of spying on their child. This is where you can decide to tell your child what you are doing. This can be a preventative measure as well, so that they don’t get tempted by bad things because they know you’re watching. Furthermore, it can help to avoid arguments, because they can always prove where they were and when, and you can confirm these.