34 Apps to Monitor Your Children and Keep Them Safe

As a mom, it’s imperative that we monitor our kids internet activity, location and who they’re communicating with. What about their privacy, you may ask? Personally, I don’t care about their privacy.  I want my kids safe and I want to know where they are at all times. Not just to keep them out of trouble but to keep trouble away from them.   When my kids first got their own computer, they were informed that I will be watching and monitoring or there will be no computer. When they got their own cell phones, I made it very clear that these are my phones and I am allowing them the privilege to use them –  and because they are my phones, they will be monitored and will be subject to random inspections with no reasons whatsoever.  If they want to go out with friends, they have to keep the monitoring software open. If it’s blocked during the time they are with their friends, then when they return home, the phone returns to my possession for an undetermined amount of time and guess who doesn’t get to go out with friends for quite some time?? Believe me, your kiddos will catch on quick.

As a mom, it’s imperative that we monitor our kids’ internet activity, location and who they’re communicating with. What about their privacy, you may ask? Personally, I don’t care about their privacy.

I want my kids safe and I want to know where they are at all times. Not just to keep them out of trouble but to keep trouble away from them.  

When my kids first got their own computer, they were informed that I will be watching and monitoring or there will be no computer. When they got their own cell phones, I made it very clear that these are my phones and I am allowing them the privilege to use them –  and because they are my phones, they will be monitored and will be subject to random inspections with no reason whatsoever.

If they want to go out with friends, they have to keep the monitoring software open. If it’s blocked during the time they are with their friends, then when they return home, the phone returns to my possession for an undetermined amount of time and guess who doesn’t get to go out with friends for quite some time?? Believe me, your kiddos will catch on quick.

It is much,

            MUCH EASIER

                                   to set these guidelines and perimeters

                                                                BEFORE you give them a phone or computer.

If your kids already have these items and guidelines have not been set, it’s not too late. The hard part will come if you associate the monitoring app or software with bad behavior. For example, your child was caught looking at something inappropriate and as a punishment, you add monitoring software. This will make them more apt to find ways around it. 

Rules in our family from Day 1 of technology entering our home:

  1. I monitor and track or no phone, laptop or computer for you.
  2. I have full access whenever I please until you are living on your own and paying for your own phone and computer.
  3. Do not block or set up private accounts.
  4. I will “follow” and “friend” your circle of friends.
  5. Trust and respect are earned.
  6. As trust grows stronger, your privileges and freedoms increase.
  7. If trust is compromised, your privileges and freedoms decrease.
  8. The rules are in place because I gave birth to each of you. That makes me the mom and in charge of all things related to you and your well-being and I will do anything to keep you safe.

My kids are now 17 and 18 and usually forget the apps are even on their phones until they’re trying to find out where I am! Mama needs her shopping time and space sometimes! But the super cool thing and one that makes my heart beyond happy is that my kids understand my reasoning behind all of this is due to my love and concern for them. It was not and never was a punishment. My 18-year-old will be off to college this fall and he still checks in with me, asks if staying out until 2 am watching movies with friends is ok, and ALWAYS comes in my room when he returns home to chat for a minute and give me a kiss and hug goodnight. This isn’t because I force him too. It’s from years of him building trust and me increasing freedoms – And him having respect for me as his mom. My daughter is the exact same way.

As single moms and especially for those sweet moms working two jobs or overtime to make ends meet, it is so very, very important to start developing an expectation of trust and respect with our kids and to utilize every tool out there to keep them safe and protected when we can’t be with them 24/7.

I’ve included a comprehensive list of monitoring apps, software and locating software for you to look through to save you time and to see what fits best for your family and your budget.

{I am in no way affiliated with any of these companies nor do I recommend them or receive any sort of compensation for the download or purchase of any of these apps.}

If you have used any of these, please share your recommendations in the comments below. Do you recommend any that are not on the list?

As a mom, it’s imperative that we monitor our kids internet activity, location and who they’re communicating with. What about their privacy, you may ask? Personally, I don’t care about their privacy.  I want my kids safe and I want to know where they are at all times. Not just to keep them out of trouble but to keep trouble away from them.   When my kids first got their own computer, they were informed that I will be watching and monitoring or there will be no computer. When they got their own cell phones, I made it very clear that these are my phones and I am allowing them the privilege to use them –  and because they are my phones, they will be monitored and will be subject to random inspections with no reasons whatsoever.  If they want to go out with friends, they have to keep the monitoring software open. If it’s blocked during the time they are with their friends, then when they return home, the phone returns to my possession for an undetermined amount of time and guess who doesn’t get to go out with friends for quite some time?? Believe me, your kiddos will catch on quick.

34 Apps and Software to Monitor Your Children and Keep Them Safe

Check out Bewebsmart.com – This is a fantastic blog that provides instructions on how to enable restrictions and parental controls on all PC’s, laptops, video games and more. And also includes some great information on family internet and media safety. 


As a mom, it’s imperative that we monitor our kids internet activity, location and who they’re communicating with. What about their privacy, you may ask? Personally, I don’t care about their privacy.  I want my kids safe and I want to know where they are at all times. Not just to keep them out of trouble but to keep trouble away from them.   When my kids first got their own computer, they were informed that I will be watching and monitoring or there will be no computer. When they got their own cell phones, I made it very clear that these are my phones and I am allowing them the privilege to use them –  and because they are my phones, they will be monitored and will be subject to random inspections with no reasons whatsoever.  If they want to go out with friends, they have to keep the monitoring software open. If it’s blocked during the time they are with their friends, then when they return home, the phone returns to my possession for an undetermined amount of time and guess who doesn’t get to go out with friends for quite some time?? Believe me, your kiddos will catch on quick.

Do your favorite apps that you would add to the list? Have you used any of the above apps? If so, what are your thoughts?

xo ~ Shaylah

 

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