A Parent’s Choice: Monitoring Your Teen Online

Today, parents have the capability dig pretty deeply into their children’s private lives. They are able to check their child’s search history on their laptop, read their text messages and track down their exact location at any time from their iPhone. However, there are varying opinions on whether or not parents have the right to monitor their preteen and teen’s online activity. At Project B3, we know that every child is different and every household is unique. As are parenting styles. There is no one-size-fits-all rulebook when it comes to our children and that is absolutely fine with us.

We whole-heartedly like to believe that most teens are using the Internet and their devices responsibly. But, this tech-savvy, phone obsessed teenage phase is a tough one to navigate. No matter your parenting style, we think it is valuable to know that there are apps available to help you through this new territory, so that you can make the best decisions for your child and your family. Here are a few we found that may be helpful:

Net Nanny
This app lets you control your child’s Internet activity. You are able to block certain sites you do not want them visiting and types of websites, such as dating sites or pornographic sites. It also has a feature that will send you an alert if your child types a specific keyword you have chosen, such as “suicide” or “bullying.”

SecureTeen
This app gives you access to teens call logs and allows you to read their text messages.

TeenSafe
Like SecureTeen, this app can show you your teen’s texts and calls, but also pinpoints your child’s exact GPS location immediately.

 

Project B3’s Tips and Suggestions:
  • Keep an open line of communication with your child about what they are doing online and who they are talking to.
  • Show genuine interest and enthusiasm for apps and games that they enjoy. What they do one their devices should never be “secret.” 
  • If you suspect your teen in being untruthful, perhaps resorting to these apps should be the final step in intervening. Ask questions, find out what is going on in their lives, make sure they are safe. 
  • Your child’s safety is your number one priority.
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