When it comes to keeping track of your child’s online safety, rating video games, and movies help determine appropriate content for your child; parents should be armed with the best resources available. Real world problems, such as cyberbullying and inappropriate behavior conducted online are dangerous for children.
There are some excellent services available to parents who want to know what their kids are doing online.
Keeping track of the location of your children while maintaining a busy schedule is vital in this digital age. Services provided by AT&T Family Map, Verizon Family Locator, and Sprints Family Locator allows your child’s phone to be tracked. This real-time location service only works if your child has a phone with GPS and can be viewed on your PC or smartphone. Additional features can be set to notify you of your child whereabouts at a specific time of the day. Parents can also view historical data to review where your child has gone.
Smartphone activity can be overwhelming. Teenagers between 13 and 17 all have a smartphone and send on average 3,000 text messages a month. Other types of social engagements are internet usage, multimedia, gaming, and downloads.
If parents would like to know more about their child’s smartphone use, there is an app for that. WebWatcher Mobile allows parents to monitor their child’s text history, internet-log, and social media interactions. Additional features such as keyword notifier will send the parent an alert if your child sends or receives specific inappropriate behavior. WebWatcher allows parents to monitor data sent to a secure web-based account that can be accessed on multiple devices.
Parents, talk with your children about issues such as cyberbullying, sexting, inappropriate behaviors online, and the impact of social media. Talking with your children about online safety at an early age and promote online safety. By taking these steps, your child will most likely report suspicious behavior from online sources before you are notified through an email or application.