Rapid changes in technology have fueled the fears of parents about what is happening in the lives of their kids outside the usual. Things are now much more complicated than making sure their computer is placed in a shared room. Nowadays, our kids could be sitting just a few inches away from us on the couch and be immersed in their own digital world via their smartphone. It’s practically impossible to separate them from their mobile devices.
Among the things parents worry about, cyberbullying and exposure to lewd content, images, and messages are common. That’s not the only problem, a lot of parents and their teens are disconnected. In fact, there are some parents who have no idea about the online behavior of their kids. One impulsive post or comment can come back and haunt your kid in their adult life. It could be when they are applying to college or even for a job. Everything you do online is captured and it stays there forever.
In such critical times, why shouldn’t parents operate as tiger moms or police dads? A little monitoring can save your teen from troubles in the long run. If you agree to that, then you should be monitoring your child’s digital lives with Xnspy, a monitoring app for parents.
Let me introduce you to it. Since it is an app, you must install it on your child’s phone to monitor everything starting from their text messages, call logs, location, social media activities, emails, browser history, etc. This app can be installed in iPhone as well as an Android phone. It’s easy to use and it works just fine.
Features of Xnspy
Let me throw some light on the features of Xnspy to help parents figure out how this app can help them supervise their digital lives:
- Read text messages
All parents are guilty of going through their child’s phone to check their messages, to see what they have been doing and with whom they had been talking. With Xnspy, you can do that without touching their phone. It gives you access to their text messages remotely. You can read all the sent and received messages even the ones deleted by them.
- Check call logs
With Xnspy, you can monitor the call logs on your kids’ phones. This includes accessing all the missed calls, incoming calls, and outgoing calls. You can also see the time and date stamps, plus their phonebook. An interesting thing about this monitoring app is that it gives you a comprehensive call analysis from a specific time period. Parents would love this feature because it gives them a glimpse of the call activity of their kids. You can check their top 5 callers and top 5 call durations.
- Track Location
Xnspy tells you about your kid’s current location and location history. You can look at all places your kid has been to throughout the day. You will love that it has the geo-fencing feature. Say you don’t want your kid to enter a specific place or area. With Xnspy, you can mark it as a “red zone” and every time they enter or leave that zone, you will get an alert. It’s a smart way to make sure your kid is not hanging out at places that are not right for them.
- Monitor emails and web browsing history
Xnspy since it lets you monitor the phone’s default email application and web browser. So, let’s suppose your kid has been using your credit card to purchase something, checking their emails would reveal that. Also, you can closely keep an eye on their browsing history to check what kind of websites they visit. You can at least have a conversation with them later on regarding what content they should browse on the internet and what not.
- Monitor social media and IM chats
In case you want to be sure your kids are not cyberbullied on social media, you will love this feature. Xnspy lets you monitor the instant messenger chats from Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, Kik messenger, Tinder, and Instagram. You can also see the multimedia being exchanged online and take necessary actions from there.
- Remotely control the device
Xnspy lets you remotely control your kid’s phone, too. Some prominent remote control features include:
- View the list of installed apps
- Block any app you want
- Lock the device
- Wipe away the phone’s data
- Set alerts
Xnspy gives you the liberty to set alerts on specific words such as “sex,” “cocaine,” “alcohol,” etc. contacts, locations, and even SIM card changes. You will receive a notification whenever any of that happens.
- Use Keylogger to monitor keystrokes
This is another useful feature to learn about the hidden thoughts of your child. There are times we type messages but delete them mostly because they are not appropriate to send. The Keylogger feature of Xnspy lets you monitor keystrokes from WhatsApp, Facebook, Skype, Viber, and Facebook Messenger.
- Record calls and phone’s surrounding
If Xnspy is installed on your child’s phone, you can simply send a remote command to record the surrounding of the phone and listening to what’s happening around them. Apart from this, Xnspy automatically records all incoming and outgoing calls on their phone.
Xnspy is quite affordable with respect to its features. Its Basic Edition costs $8 a month and Premium Edition costs $12 a month. You can start with the Basic Edition and as your monitoring needs increase or you develop faith in this app, you can subscribe to its Premium Version.
Speaking of compatibility, Xnspy is a winner. It works on Android OS versions starting from 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x & 8.x. It’s also highly compatible on iPhone. It supports iOS 6.x, 7.x, 8.x up to 12.0 and you can use it both with or without jailbreaking your precious iOS device.
Whether you are using Xnspy or any other monitoring app to supervise the digital lives of your child, you are not breaking any boundaries as long as you let them know they are on the watch. Instead of monitoring them all the time, you can do spot checks on their browsing history, text messages or social media accounts.
You must let your kids know that you are not monitoring them to catch each of their interaction and they shouldn’t feel like a suspect. You are only monitoring them to teach them how to be cautious with their digital footprint. Once you are confident that you don’t need to monitor your child anymore, you can eventually stop using parental controls or a monitoring app. Of course, your teenager will never be happy about having their online lives monitored by you, but they should respect these regulations because you have set them for their good only. To make sure your child doesn’t feel you are doing police work against them, find a balance between monitoring and respecting their privacy. Such parenting could easily become paranoia and you would definitely not want that. Just like you have set rules for your child, create monitoring rules for yourself and share them with your child. It would help you gain their trust.
Let’s suppose you choose not to go this far (i.e. you don’t want to use a monitoring app), at least consider using filters on the internet connection at home. Talk to your kid and encourage them to come to you if they experience something uncomfortable online.