Although most parents won’t admit it, at least not in front of the kids, many would love to have a high-tech way of keeping up to speed on what their kids are doing when they’re not around. Here are some of the latest technology items that can help you out in that department.
Cell-phone GPS tracking
Companies like Disney, Verizon, and Sprint have made this technology available to parents all over the United States. While these companies don’t promise that their service one-hundred percent accurate, it can give most parents a sense of security, knowing their child is where they said they’d be. This is possible through a locator chip installed in the phone, which allows the parent to access location information easily. As long as the child is within the range of the cell phone’s cell towers and the child has the phone with himher, the information should be considered accurate. Some plans allow you to check the information online, some are checked through your phone, and others allow you to do both.
Computer Monitoring Software
There are many different types of computer monitoring software. Some types allow you to record everything typed. Some allow you to record every website visited. Others allow you to record instant messaging and chat room conversations. The programs run in the background, so unless your child knows you have them, they will likely not even know they are being monitored. While this can seem intrusive, it is necessary to ensure safe internet habits are being followed. These can also come in handy should something happen to your child as a result of revealing information online andor meeting up with someone from the internet. The reason why is because you can go back and see what was said between your child and this person and in some cases, the police may be able to trace the person and recover your child more quickly.
Vehicle Monitoring Devices
These are devices that can monitor the speed of the car and even how far the car has gone. This way, if your child says she is in one place that is only a mile away and the device tells you the car has actually been fifty miles, you know your child is not telling the truth. Also, if your child claims he does not speed, but yet your device is telling you the speed has reached seventy miles per hour during the time the child was driving, you know not to believe what your child has told you and should confront the child with the evidence. There is controversy as to whether these devices are accurate, but it always helps to have something to compare with your child’s story.
*Note: The author does not necessarily participate in or condone said activities. This is merely meant as an informational resource.