Talk about someone having your back! TeenSafe is a mobile app created for parents by parents, with the purpose of tracking all activity on a smartphone and help you keep your kids safe. For $14.95 / month you can see (1) sent, received, and deleted SMS and iMessages, (2) device location and location history, (3) web browsing history, bookmarks, and contacts, (3) Whatsapp and Kik Messnger messages, (4) block apps, (5) schedule use restrictions, and more!
I know what you’re thinking, this sounds like an invasion of privacy or a battle just waiting to happen. Where one parent can say that it’s all about instilling trust in your child, another parent will argue that it’s not at all about trust, but instead, it’s about keeping your child safe from predators, bullies, and dangers on the street. After all, the app allows you to view the location of the phone, thereby also giving you the ability to find your child (or know their whereabouts) should something serious happen.
My girls are still pretty young, but time goes by in a blink of an eye, and I’m all about seeking any tool that will help me be better, smarter parent. Personally, we tell our kids that mommy and daddy will always do their best to keep them safe and that one day they’ll be responsible for taking care of themselves. So until the, they have to play by the house rules.
I’m not an attorney, but I do know that until a child turns 18 years of age, parents and guardians have the legal right and responsibility to care for/provide for that child. In many cases, parents will provide comforts that go beyond the basics of food, shelter, and an education. Parents will find themselves paying for a car, cell phones, and other immaterial items. So if your child wants that special phone or tablet, I see no harm in explaining that these items come with strings attached. Call me mean. Call me over-protective. I gladly accept both titles. But know this, my children will know that while they are encouraged to be themselves, they are loved enough to have parents who’ve got their backs, no matter what they have to do.
So for your child’s sake–and even your own–feel free to checkout TeenSafe’s app and rest a bit easier knowing that you’re doing something proactive–even if it’s just a monitoring application–that can help keep your child safe. Best of luck!
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