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Monitor Your Child’s Smartphone, Don’t Spy

Contrary to popular belief, monitoring someone’s actions is different than spying. According the Merriam-Webster dictionary monitoring is defined as “to check usually for a special purpose” and spying is defined as “to watch secretly”. Which is a better method to watch over your kids or loved ones?

“The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts for the median teen text user. The frequency of teens’ phone chatter with friends - on cell phones and landlines has fallen. But the heaviest texters are also the heaviest talkers with their friends.”(Pew Research Center)

Fully two-thirds of teen texters say they are more likely to use their cell phones to text their friends than talk to them to them by cell phone. This causes most parents to be concerned about what their child is texting and who they are texting too. Monitoring your child’s texting activity is not considered spying, yet it is still the parent’s responsibility to keep their children safe, no matter how much the child disagrees with this option. It all comes down to verifying your child’s safety when it comes to mobile communication, especially text messages.

If there’s a real concern about your child’s secrecy and behavior, this might be an option for you. Monitoring your kid’s behavior on their mobile devices with ControlMobile can lead to a stronger relationship between parent and child, but be prepared to see things you don’t like and must then choose to whether confront your child or not about what you’ve discovered.

Visit www.ControlMobile.com for more information about monitoring your child’s smartphone. ControlMobile supports Android and Blackberry devices on any carrier and iPhones only on AT&T. ControlMobile is only for monitoring, we do not condone spying in any form.

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