The new generation of digital natives has many advantages compared to previous generations. With so much information at their fingertips, today’s children and teenagers absorb knowledge faster and have access to many educational resources and, of course, access to entertainment and social media platforms. However, this comes with a price. Multitasking and information overload can lead to a decrease in their attention span. Social networks can be a medium for bullying and online harassment. These are just a few reasons why parents need to think twice before buying smartphones for their children. However, it is vital for parents to be able to check in on their kids. There are many situations when parents get worried if their children are late from school and wish they could find someone’s location with iPhone or Android devices or locate a phone by number.
While children’s exposure to mobile devices begins from the first years of their lives, the ownership of a smartphone comes later, usually around the age of 10. According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, 45% of U.S children between 10 and 12 years old have a smartphone with a data plan. More than 50% of teenagers use Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and Youtube almost on a daily basis. On average, Americans spend around five hours per day using mobile devices. It is natural for parents to worry about the impact smartphones have on their children. Many try to limit the time their kids spend on their smartphones to a few hours per day. Social media platforms have been found to cause addiction in some cases and, more dangerous, they can be a medium used for bullying, harassment, spreading rumors. About the latter dangers, children might be reluctant to talk. Even if they are in a difficult situation, they might avoid asking for help.
To help parents deal with such situations without denying their children the benefit of using a smartphone, apps that help monitor online activity have been developed. One of the most complex apps on the market is Spyzie. Besides location tracking, a feature found also on many wearable devices, Spyzie gives access to call logs, content from messaging apps and browsing history. In addition, it has some unique feature like geofence signaling, which helps parents set virtual boundaries and get notifications when their kids leave a designated area, and keyword alerts for the terms they search for online. This way, parents will know when the time has come to have that talk with their children and it’s usually always earlier than they think - sorry, parents, you can’t avoid that sex education session.
At this point, you are probably cringing thinking about all the sensitive data the app is collecting. It is one of the most powerful monitoring tools for both Android and iOS. The balance between privacy and security is a complicated topic. As an adult, you can’t possibly imagine willingly giving someone access to your text messages, call logs, browser history and so on. But you are not as vulnerable as a 10-year-old. Spyzie can help parents keep an eye on their children when they are away. Or even when they are around their children - we all know how easy a kid can get lost in a busy shopping mall. The app enables you to locate a phone by number in a safe and legal way.
Spyzie needs to be installed on the target device and on the device used for monitoring. It is compatible with Android devices running Android 4.0 or newer versions and iOS devices running iOS 10.0.0 or newer versions. Once the installation process is complete, you get access to the dashboard offering real-time location information. One exclusive feature of the app is that it can monitor details of SIM card changes for Android devices. This is an extremely valuable feature in threatening situations when a stranger takes control of the child’s device. Spyzie is also the best iPhone child monitoring app available at the moment. It can help find someone’s location with iPhone devices in a safe and easy way. There are so many cases when this feature comes in handy: when you go out with your friends and you want to make sure they arrive home safely, when your child starts going to school without being accompanied by someone, or when your dear ones are traveling and you want to make sure they arrived safely at the destination.
Besides the real-time location tracking, there are many other useful features that can help parents prevent the dangers their children may face when using iOS or Android mobile devices. Parents are able to:
► View the call history and analyze call logs (persons contacted, call duration, dates)
► View sent and received SMS messages and analyze the message history
► View sent and received e-mails, including attachments
► View the contact list
► View the browser history and bookmarks
► View the photos, videos and other media attachments sent via SMS or through apps (WhatsApp, iMessages, Line)
► See a list of all the apps installed on the device
► Access the calendar and see the location of scheduled events
► Access the notes, reminders, and voice memos, as well as video content stored on the device
In addition to these features available for both operating systems, there are some exclusive features for Android devices:
► Monitoring the WiFi access points used
► Viewing the documents stored on the device and download the files
► Blocking certain apps that might be inappropriate
► Viewing deleted data like call logs, videos or messages that were removed
► Scheduling restrictions for certain times and giving parents more control over the time their children spend on their phones
Spyzie for Android has monitoring solutions for a wide range of apps: Snapchat, Viber, Tinder, QQ, Sypke, Kik, Instagram, WeChat, Hangouts - basically, the most popular apps used by children and teenagers. For installing Spyzie on Android, physical access to the device that will be monitored is required. For iOS, it is necessary to have the iCloud login credentials of the target device. A monthly subscription for iOS costs $39.99, while monthly subscriptions for Android cost $39.99 or $29.99, depending on the number of monitoring options activated.
Needless to say, there is no need to root or jailbreak the target device. Spyzie is approved by app stores and can be safely installed on devices, at best after an open discussion with the kids owning the targeted devices. Apps like Spyzie can help parents intervene when their children face problems like cyberbullying or personal attacks. The app is supported by stopbullying.org, the official website of the United States government dedicated to preventing bullying. With the help of such apps, the Internet can become a safer place for children.