Parents Can Monitor Children’s Cell Phones

Cristina Rodda KOB-TV

Parents, monitoring your children’s cell phone usage is not as difficult as you might think. Be aware of the telltale signs of potential problems:
• Unusual usage spikes
• Unusual hours of usage
• Your child hiding or covering up their cell phone

Ashley Drake Gephart talked with KOB-TV Reporter Cristina Rodda about the things a parent can do to safeguard their child’s usage:
• Spot check your child’s cell phone usage times.
• Restrict your child’s usage times as needed through the provider’s website.
• Install software apps to track incoming and outgoing texts, such as My Mobile Watchdog.

Of course, there’s no magic age for a child to be trusted with a cell phone. Knowing your relationship with your child and their maturity is always your best bet.

“Parents need to sit down and tell their kids, ‘I taught you how to cross the street. I’m going to teach you how to be safe online,’” John Walsh says.

Unfortunately, many parents themselves don’t know how to be safe online. They need to learn how to take an active role in educating themselves so they can protect their children.

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  1. Once I tried to sneak peek into my 14 year old teens mobile to see what she does when I’m not around. I was surprised to see a number of missed calls from unknown numbers on her mobile and when I attended one of them by chance I was even more shocked to hear that she had been talking to elderly people and some of them had even asked her to date. From that day onwards I installed mobile spy software in her mobile phone, not only has it put me to relief but also it gives me instant alerts on all her activities and I can even lock her phone if I get to see her misusing it.