Online Safety for Kids: How Can I Monitor My Child’s Phone Without Them Knowing?

Agnes W Linn

In recent years, mobile phones have become the most important thing for kids and teens. The constant access to the Internet keeps young people connected, while social media apps help them create an identity and social image.

Kids flaunt their life online, aiming to get the endorsement of their classmates and friends. But what if their attempt to get social approval fails? And how can parents prevent kids from the dangers of the Internet?

In this article, you’ll learn 4 proven ways of phone monitoring that help you to safeguard your loved ones in the digital world. You can also check out our video on this topic right here.

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Should I Forbid My Kid From Using the Internet?

Experts say that children who are criticized online by their peers often become vulnerable, which leads to lower self-esteem. When that happens, they seek out support on the web and start connecting with strangers, often unknowingly befriending online predators who seek emotionally weak children.

Online predators focus on luring kids out of their homes to meet up. Oftentimes, they pressure their underage victims into sending them sexual content.

The numbers are staggering. More than 16.9 million reports related to child sexual abuse, molestation, and “sextortion” were registered in 2019. Law enforcement indicated more than 19,000 children were victims of online exploitation.

Since there is no proven way to detect predators once they register online, you need to consider your protection strategy.

Obviously, parents can’t restrict their kids from using smartphones. Without a phone, they can’t call or send a message in the event of an emergency. That’s why some parents forbid children to use the Internet or limit access to it.

However, it can hardly be called a wise decision. Kids won’t agree to lose a significant part of their lives and are likely to protest against the restriction. Besides, they can access the Internet from any place that shares a free Wi-Fi network, so restrictions won’t help.

If you want to know what your kid does online, consider using a parental control app to monitor your child’s phone. Compared to involving limitations, this is a painless way to safeguard young people from online predators. In this article, you’ll learn 4 proven ways of phone monitoring. Or you can just watch a video right here.

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How Can I Track My Child’s Phone Without Invading Their Privacy?

1. Track My Child’s Phone Without Them Knowing With mSpy

If you think that tracking someone’s phone is illegal, you’re right. However, the law permits tracking a child’s phone without them knowing by installing a parental control app, such as mSpy, on their device. However, parents can monitor only their underage kids.

mSpy monitoring app allows you to watch your kid’s activity online secretly. Whenever you need to check their calls, messages, or chats, you can do it anytime, right from your smartphone.

Depending on the subscription that you choose, mSpy can open up a range of possibilities, such as:

  • Tracking GPS location;
  • Viewing contacts, messages, and calendars;
  • Managing social media apps;
  • Using a keylogger to match passwords;
  • Viewing browser history;
  • Setting trigger words to detect suspicious messages.

To install mSpy on Android OS, you need to download an apk file on your kid’s phone and then monitor activity from the Control Panel on your device. If you want to monitor your child’s iPhone, you need to know their iCloud credentials to remotely install the app. Otherwise, you need to jailbreak the phone.

2. Track My Child’s Phone Without Them Knowing Using Localize.mobi

Do you need to learn your child’s location easily but don’t want to install extra apps? Maybe you even want this solution to work on iPhones just as well as Android phones. Then, consider using Localize.mobi.

find-location-with-phone-numberIt’s a phone tracker by number with all mobile network providers fully covered. Although it doesn’t have as many features as all the other methods listed, this one is the best solution if you need to locate your child urgently.

To get your child’s location using Localize.mobi, follow these steps:

  • Create an account and purchase a subscription.
  • Type in your kid’s phone number.
  • Customize the message with a location-sharing request or leave it as it is.
  • Your child opens the text message and agrees to be located.
  • You get your child’s location.

3. Monitor Child’s Phone Without Them Knowing Using iCloud

If your child owns an iPhone and you’re in dire need of locating them, you can do it by accessing their iCloud. This possibility is available for any iPhone, but you need to know the credentials.

The iCloud monitoring feature makes it possible to find out the phone owner’s location, play a sound on their target device, erase all the information remotely, and turn on lost mode.

To start monitoring your child’s iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Log in to iCloud using a target device’s credentials;
  • Click Find my iPhone;
  • Go to an interactive map and choose the device;
  • Find out a target person’s location.

4. Track My Child’s Phone Without Them Knowing Using Android Device Manager

In case you need to monitor your child’s Android-operated device, consider using Android Device Manager (AMD). It’s a built-in tool by Google that allows tracking someone else’s GPS location.

Just the same as iCloud, AMD makes it possible to locate the target phone, lock it remotely, erase the data on it, and reset the lock-screen password.

Follow these steps to monitor someone with AMD:

  • Log into the Google Account linked to a target device;
  • Swipe to the bottom of the screen to see the connected phones;
  • Choose the one you need to monitor;
  • View the target person’s location or lock their device if needed.

Final Thoughts on How to Track Your Child’s Phone Without Them Knowing

Raising kids in the digital world is not easy. Children are glued to their smartphones because the Internet makes it possible to find anything they need and be anyone they want. To protect kids from getting into trouble, parents should watch them online.

The proven way to prevent young people from getting into trouble on the Internet is by monitoring their phones with a parental control app. mSpy can be a good solution for your needs, as it covers various monitoring possibilities, starting from viewing messages and ending with recording a cell phone screen remotely.

With the mSpy parental control app, you will always be aware of what your children are up to on social media, what places they visit, and who they call. The app can also record their keyboard strokes and alert you when kids use restricted words.

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Agnes Linn was born into the family of an eloquent preacher (parish priest), with the inevitable passion for writing. She received classic education in Philosophy, as well as Modern Mass Media Management; married, mother of one kid.

24 Comments

  • If I install this app, will it show me the messages section on instagram? Will it show me the messages from all of his instagram accounts?

    • Hello, Kathryn! Yes, you will be able to see the direct messages from Instagram in your dashboard. If they use all accounts on the same phone, messages across all accounts should be displayed.

    • Hi, Sarah! During the installation, there’s an option to hide the app’s icon from the main screen and the list of installed apps, so it won’t be visible anywhere on the phone.

    • Hi, Garret! For now, mSpy works only on phones and tablets, but we’re working on bringing our software to other platforms.

    • Hi Jacqueline.

      You should contact our support team right away. If you’re being tracked, they will try to find and block an account that tracks your phone. This is parental software, and we do not encourage spying on someone’s phone secretly.

  • I bought the application . The people promised that it will work with iPhone 13. Unfortunately I can see only GPS no social media which I asked for. No working application no money back. Waist of time.

    • Have you given all the needed permissions on the target device? The data will not be gathered if the app isn’t granted access to all the required information. You can also contact the support team if you still have trouble connecting the device, they will resolve your issue.

    • Hi Rebecca!

      We have a similar feature: you can block the applications on the target device through your mSpy account. Therefore, your child can use their phone to call you but not use YouTube, for example.

    • Hi Lee,

      If the location is turned off, the app will stop updating this info. It will refresh when the target phone has access to GPS. Other features will work properly.

  • Hi Agnes, so even though we have the option to ghost/hide the app on the kids phone, will the app ever ask to be updated on their phones or alert them in any way about it’s status.

    • Hi Andre,

      The app will not send you any notifications. We also recommend you to deactivate PlayProtect before installing the app.

  • Hi my child has an IPhone and I have an andriod will this app still work for me? If so how do I begin to download it. I don’t see it in the andriod app store

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