I want to track what my child is doing on their Android smartphone, but without their knowledge. How does it work and what kind of dumb mistakes should I avoid so I can stay under my child’s radar while keeping an eye on things?
There are a lot of different choices when it comes to tracking your child’s use of a smartphone, though an Apple iPhone makes it quite a bit trickier. Fortunately you’re an Android family so it’s straightforward, particularly if you utilize a program like the powerful mSpy phone tracker app.
It’s easy to get started, but it’s also easy to trip up and reveal what you’re doing or misinterpret the results you get. With the help of the mSpy software team, we’ve assembled this handy list of Blunders to Avoid When Tracking Your Kid’s Smartphone.
Ready? Let’s jump in!
#1. Letting the App Work on Its Own
Even though a decent phone tracker offers peace of mind to parents who optimize its use, the program itself does not guarantee automatic success. Instead, you need to also play your role as the digital parent. For instance, if you block a pornographic site, your child will just find another one and explore it instead. Additionally, if you blocked one bad friend on their social media accounts, you can’t then sit back and relax since they are likely to befriend another person you don’t like or endorse.
In fact, the smart way to react to any of this monitoring is to actually address any issue you have identified with your child directly. Talk to her – or him – about it! If you discover your child has lots of friends on Facebook that you dislike, it’s a good moment to talk to them about the corrupting influence bad friends can have on their life and happiness.
#2. Failing to Verify the App’s Provisions & Limitations
Do you want to get the best results from the phone tracker? You’ll need to think about the provisions and limitations that the app has, whether it’s mSpy or a competitor. Do your research, don’t just settle for the first app just because it claims to have one or another key feature. Verify the reality and functionality of those features to ensure they are not just unimplemented selling points but actually work and will work with your child’s smartphone.
You should also consider how well something’s implemented. For example, if the app claims it can record live phone calls, don’t forget to check where it stores them, how long the call can be, and how you’d access the recording without having the phone in your hands.
#3. Failing to Keep the Spying Secret
Since you are probably using the phone tracker in secrecy, you’ll want to also do everything in your power to keep it a secret from your child too. If you’ve opted to exclude the child from knowledge of your monitoring, it’s reasonable to expect that they’ll be quite upset if they learn about what you’re doing. They will feel that you don’t trust them and probably become completely uninterested in the smartphone even if they were never intending to do anything wrong with it.
As a different perspective, you could also consider telling your child that you’re going to run a monitoring program to help them stay safe online and avoid cyberbullying or similar problems. A clear and candid conversation based around your greater wisdom with people and difficult situations could help them feel safe in a digital world that can often be overwhelming.
#4. Forgetting to Log Out of the Spying Account
Remember, you are operating secretly so it’s prudent to keep everything secret. To do this, you should never forget to log out of your spying or monitoring account. This includes logging out of the program and removing it from the browser history (etc) on the family computer, your personal phone, and your own laptop since the child can accidentally stumble upon your app and discover the big secret.
#5. Premature and Wrong Reaction
By opting to monitor your child’s smartphone usage secretly, you are seeking facts and information necessary to make decisions that will help your child stay safe both online and in their daily life. As a result, how you react to your discoveries is critical.
As an example, let’s say you notice that someone is sending your daughter sexual advances. Now what? You’ll want to spend some time thinking about the best and most effective way of handling the matter. If you just start yelling at your daughter because of your discovery, they may get so caught up in the fact that you’re monitoring their usage that they won’t even discuss this stalker or creep with you at all.
Most likely you’re reading this because you have fears or suspicions that something untoward might be happening. Your goal is to help your child learn how to navigate the online world, avoid the weirdos and creeps while having fun and engaging with their friends and family. Keep that in mind when you do find something worrying and are deciding how best to proceed.
Don’t forget that just as developers are building apps to help you monitor your child’s usage, there are other developers selling sneaky apps to children that let them mask what apps they’ve downloaded, what they’re doing online, and with whom they’re communicating. There’s no digital substitute for good parenting and paying attention, and no app that obviates the need for candid and important conversations with your child about the online world and its dangers.
Good luck out there, however you proceed. Our kids aren’t as worldly as they think, particularly when it comes to social networks and digital activities, but they might just be smarter and more able to sidestep problems than you realize too.