Kids, at ever younger ages, are getting their hands on modern smart phones with full access to the Internet and all that entails. A 10-year-old with a smart phone without any sort of Cell Phone Parental Control in place can freely access the Internet, social media, chat rooms and much more. They basically have a mini computer, but unlike their home PC it is not possible to be looking over their shoulder to keep a check on things – or is it?
Using Mainstream Apps for Cell Phone Parental Control
By mainstream apps I mean some of the big brand monitoring software programs out there, which are clearly visible on the phone – not stealthy or hidden in any way. Apps like My Mobile Watchdog and Text Guard fall into this category and can offer some good controls. The major issue with these programs is that your child will know they are there and that they are being monitored.
For many this may not be an issue but try telling most 13-year-olds that you’re putting monitoring software on their beloved cell phone! Remember that most of our kids are more advanced than us and will find ways around these sorts of controls, if they know that the software has been installed.
Using Spy Software for Cell Phone Parental Control
The big difference between Spy Software and mainstream apps is that they are totally hidden – the kids don’t need to know that they are being monitored. This gives you as a parent a huge advantage and will help you to find out what they are really getting up to.
This is perfectly legal for your own children under the age of consent in most countries. The ethical decision is down to you and your circumstances. The question is do you want to spy on your child or simply keep them safe – a sensible approach can find the middle ground.
CRT Software for Cell Phone Parental Control
CRT app has been busy adding features aimed at better monitoring of kids cell phones. CRT has all the basic monitoring features you’d expect from spy software – monitoring texts, call logs, e-mail, web browsing history and GPS tracking.
Recent additions to its features include monitoring WhatsApp and other messenger services-widely used by today’s kids. CRT Cell Phone Parental Control app has some unique features aimed at monitoring kids and adding some level of parental control.
Record their Surroundings Remotely – with this feature you can call the target phone and listen to the phone’s surroundings live. you can click Start to activate the Live Surroundings feature, The target phone user will not get any indication that you are listening, Check out the recordings of the surroundings of your target phone any time you want, Record the device surroundings without needing the TARGET device physically, Save the recording to your computer for easy reference, Remain hidden at all times, Specify the duration of the recording to suit you and your schedule, Record from 1 minutes up to 5 minutes at a time.
View apps installed – This allows users of the software to know which applications have been downloaded and installed on the target phone by an employee or by your child/spouse. Not all applications are suited to every individual and at times, they can prove to be quite risky for the phone and the data which may be stored in it. Due to this, the Apps Usage Monitoring is important. One might ask what the purpose of such a feature can be in terms of monitoring a targeted device? because the number of apps which can be found for downloading, not all are safe and harmless.
Apps Installed is a great feature to give you extra control over what your children are exposed to when using their cell phones. Blocking individual apps can be very useful.
Photo Monitoring Feature – If you want to see what images your kid has on her/his phone and what images he/she take then only CRT Cell Phone Parental Control app offers the most comprehensive image capturing available. See all images they take on their phone, See all images already on their phone, Access all their images online from the comfort of your CRT online account, Supports JPEG, GIF, BMP, EXIF, TIFF, RAW, PNG, PPM, PGM, PBM, PNM, ECW file formats.
Call Recording Feature – Are you worried who your teenage daughter is making plans with? If you want to know exactly what’s being said on those calls when you’re not around, with CRT now you can. Simply login to your CRT Dashboard to either download or listen to any call made to or from your Target phone.
Phone Book Monitoring Feature – CRT allows you to get a full view not only in the monitored phone, but you also get to access the phone-book. This means you can
Installing spy software on your kid’s phone may be a step too far for some people but depending on your situation how far would you go to ensure your children’s safety. For many people they offer peace of mind and added security.