Mobile Monitoring – When, Where & How Do Parents Come In?

Every matter concerning privacy and security is a double-edged sword predestined either to protect or to punish. It concerns both states and individuals. What about our children’s freedom, as well our trust and faith in them? Where are those fuzzy borderlines (very evasive to establish at that!) that separate the protection against an obvious danger from the abuse of rights and the infringement of privacy?

This question being a difficult one, we advise you to break it into several parts.

Pros and cons of parental control at different ages

First of all, parental control styles are different as well as life styles in general. There isn’t a single family which is totally similar to another one, in its customs and traditions.

Secondly, if we have a look at what happens in a physical world, we’ll see that kids of different ages require different styles of monitoring. A toddler, a pre-schooler and a teenager will draw upon different types of parental attention resources while spending their free time absorbed by physical games or communication with friends. 24/7/365 close proximity control is adequate for the youngest ones. A bit more slack approach is good for the older ones (though with keeping a watchful eye upon their movements). The maximum portion of freedom can be allotted for those ready to leave a family weatherhood in a year or two.

The same can be applied to the digital games and online communication. Nowadays, rapid technological development spreads even onto the youngest categories of kids who develop digital skills quicker, mainly at the ages of 4-8. The exact age of internet skills proliferation depends on every particular child. Direct supervision is imperative for those who are not able yet to distill safe online harbors from dire straits. Not that there is especial danger in the games for the smallest, but yet…

There is special software that allows you to lock down an account so the child can only access the sites you permit, mainly from a home-based PC. It’s relatively easy to undertake parental control at this time.

A kid of 9-12 years old is more fastidious in his/her online behavior, and can come across inappropriate content unintentionally while browsing even the familiar sites. Unfortunately, there are more serious cases when they browse sites with prohibited content intentionally, especially not from home. If they are pulling away, unwilling to communicate, if they seem to be connected day and night in a secretive mode it’s time to take drastic measures.

There are reporting tools that allow you to view all sites they have visited (even if their browse history is cleared), as well as their online communication with friends whom they start trusting more than parents at this age. That’s why there is the necessity to ask preliminary questions rather than to prohibit anything outright, as long as children grow older, in order not to lose touch with them.

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The last but not the least, there are teenagers as the most unsecure category. They still require parental attention and control, but it should be more distant in nature in order not to hurt their oversensitive ego. In other words, your digital reins should be slackened as much as possible. The ideal way to virtually remain with them while being actually far away is a mobile phone monitoring application; one of such useful tools is mSpy.

Disaster prevention is simple

Cell phone tracking is one of the best control methods in this era of the growing mobility and the estrangement of kids from parents. Try a good parental control soft to keep your kids protected. In the pre-IT era, parents could simply restrict physical movements and contacts, but it’s not easy to do now. Even the revolutions engulfing whole countries can be concocted and carried out successfully by means of online social media, without traditional flags and meetings in flesh. All you need is a cell phone.

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Extreme measures of being grounded, the absence of socializing with friends because of broken trust, hindering computer access and not allowing any entertaining activities beyond the strict parental supervision can do no good at all. First and foremost, you are to monitor in advance and actively prohibit online actions devastating for a fragile kids’ psyche. With the help of a mobile monitoring application ONLY.

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