Resources for parents to keep track of their kids online

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(WTNH)– With the dangers social media and texting can bring to kids and teens, some parents may want to monitor their child’s use of their smartphones and computers. Here are some options on how you can do that.

To monitor your child’s cell phone, you can start by just using your computer. Time Magazine suggests that you back up your child’s smartphone on your PC or Mac so that you can see which apps are being used on that phone, and you’ll even be able to look at their calls and text messages.

For computers, there is specific software available where you can monitor or block kids’ access to certain things. Depending on the age of your child or your house rules, you can censor whatever you like. Time recommends Verity by NCH Software for PCs and Intego for Macs.

On PCs, you can also enable a Family Safety setting where you can also monitor, block and get weekly reports of the account. For Macs, you can turn on the Parental Controls and make yourself an Administrator on your child’s computer so you can access the Share Screen to see the recent activity.

But we all know kids, especially teens are mostly on their smartphones. There are many parental tracking apps where you can monitor you child’s activity when it comes to everything from social media to texting. USA Today suggests the apps MamaBear, Life360, Canary and My Mobile Watchdog.

There is even an app called TeenSafe where you can monitor these things, as well as you child’s actual location. Smartphones with GPS making this constant tracking possible.

And most importantly, talk with your children about being safe online.

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