Tips for Monitoring You Teenís Cell Phone Use
Cell phones give teens a sense of freedom and privacy.
Unfortunately, a lot of teens are abusing this privilege and
engaging in illegal or dangerous activities Ė like the recent
trend of ďsextingĒ and sending nude photos. As a parent, it is
your obligation to find out what your children are doing on
their cell phones and who is contacting them. There are many
applications and reverse cell phone directories which can help
keep your children safe.
Reverse Cell Phone Directories
Reverse cell phone directories allow you to type in a phone
number Ė cell or landline Ė and find out who that number belongs
to. The free reverse phone directories are usually just for
landlines and may not provide very accurate results. For the
most accurate results, you will have to pay for a service but it
is worth the extra expense. Most of the best reverse cell phone
directories also work as people search engines. For example, you
can find out if the person sending your child nude photos is
really a schoolmate or a registered sex offender.
It isnít enough to just sign up to a reverse phone directory
to monitor your kidís calls, since your child could obviously
just delete any calls/messages that he wants to keep private.
That is where applications like TextGuard come in handy. You
just install the app onto your childís phone and it will log all
calls, messages and email messages on the web. Once you track a
number with the reverse phone directory and find out it belongs
to an unscrupulous person, you can block activity to/from that
number with TextGuard.
My Mobile Watchdog
This application works a lot like TextGuard. The key
difference is that My Mobile Watchdog will give you alerts in
real time for certain numbers. For example, letís say that the
reverse phone directory shows that a predator is calling your
teen daughter. Whenever he tries to call, you will get a warning
and will be able to intercept the call or alert the authorities.
The app will also route all the suspicious calls to a data
center where they can be catalogued to help keep other children
This is one of many GPS programs that you can upload onto your
childís phone. Once installed, the program will tell you exactly
where your child is located by using cell phone tower
triangulation. You canít use this on people who are calling
unless they have also agreed to install the program and share
information. However, it can be a big help if you need to find
your child Ė particularly if you combine the program with My
Mobile Watchdog and a subscription to a reverse cell phone