How to Monitor your Child’s Text Messages


With the development in technology it has its own advantages and disadvantages. One such technology is the cell phone. The main advantage of this technology is that it keeps people connected. The parents can give this device to their children a safety measure during emergency. The main disadvantage of any technological device is its misuse. The safety of our children could be doubted in the case of mobile phone usage. There are certain anti-social elements and predators in the society who set up bait to the teens and kids by sending text messages to any random numbers. Children who aren’t rightly guarded are vulnerable to such people. Hence one safety measure we could take is to monitor the text messages of our children. This article give certain points regarding monitoring our child’s text messages.

The first and foremost thing about this issue is our accessibility of our child’s mobile phone. If we are concerned about not breaking into the personal concerns of our child then we have to talk to the child. We have to make them understand the situation. We must guide them towards the dangers of unknown number texts. In case the child does not allow us to have a look over the texts then we have to do it by force since our concern is about our child’s life.

In order to monitor our child’s texts we have to install certain software which will give us an access to monitor the text messages through internet. One of such software is MobileSpy and also TextGuard. These are paid software. We have to download them from the net and install them in the mobile phone. We have to sign up an account in order to have an eye upon the text messages. We can monitor over the outgoing and incoming calls from our child’s mobile phone. We can also have a look at the internet browsing history done using the mobile phone. We can also block specific numbers and thereby stop the communication between that number and our child’s mobile phone through all means. AT&T offers this service under signing up and paying condition.

It is our responsibility to monitor our child’s activities for his/her safety. But we should cross our borders. We shouldn’t be sneaking around all the time. This is because of the fact that everyone has a right of personal privacy. We must give freedom for our child. But we must make sure that they make a good use of their freedom. We must be very firm regarding this. We should monitor the text messages of our child’s mobile phone under certain personal rules. We should give them strict advice regarding the usage of the mobile phone and regarding the browsing sites in it.

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About the Author: Roberta Southworth is a psychiatrist by profession. She likes to help out people by writing informative tips on how people can to solve their family and relationship issues. She is currently staying in Ireland. She has 5 years of couple counseling experience.

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