When my toddler first started interacting with my iPad, I was flabbergasted; overwhelmed with joy that my child is such a genius. But soon, all the fascination just dispelled somewhere. And before I could even figure it out what it was about, it was already late: My few years old child was obsessed with an iPad. He wouldn’t care about his meals, milk or even candies; and it was the moment I realized parents should never casually handover their cell phones or tablets to their kids.
For next few years, it was a mess—too many parent-child disagreements, whining, etc. The iPad that I owned once, was now his property.
It was all still manageable, until he turned 9 and asked for his personal smart phone. I knew this was something big and I couldn’t let him have a cellular-ready device that he could use and interact with anyone, anytime and anywhere.
It’s when I started this blog and found out about XNSPY cell phone monitoring software and how it could be used to deal with this enigma. And now I that I am writing about all this, I feel a lot more confident and contended that it might be helpful to other parents who are facing the same issue about their tweens and teens’ use of mobile devices. I was asked to review this app, and I said yes, because it was a good time to learn a little more about mobile phone monitoring.
It did a simple Google search about “cell phone monitoring software” and XNSPY’s website popped up on the top of my search results. So I clicked onto it and gave myself a walk through before finally subscribing to this app. So here it is, what I have to say about this app.
Cell phone monitoring and XNSPY
Whenever I buy something, I have this checklist to decide if my purchase is totally worth my money:
⦁ What are features?
⦁ Is it a reliable product?
⦁ What’s the pricing?
⦁ Do I need this product?
⦁ This one vs. the rest,
I did the same in the case of XNSPY, and these are the details:
The first time I heard that it’s possible to remotely monitor someone’s internet-ready mobile, I was excited, and my first instinct was to use it on my child’s first smart phone. So when I got my son an iPhone 5s, I handed it over to him with XNSPY installed onto it.
With this app on his cell phone, I can monitor how much time my son spends with his iPhone; I can see how he uses his cell phone, who is he interacting with on social networks, and what those conversations usually look like. I can even track his location details by accessing the GPS on his iPhone. XNSPY provides me complete details about my child’s location and that too in real-time. I can also listen to his calls, and even surroundings by activating the microphone on his phone.
XNSPY also gives me access to my son’s social media activity from different apps, including Facebook, WhatsApp, iMessage, Viber, Line, Skype, etc. I found this feature very helpful, as much of the online risks like child predating, cyberbullying and harassment, emanate from social media through interactions with strangers and envious people (in the case of bullying). I can access chat conversations, call logs, and all the shared multimedia from the aforementioned IM apps.
Is it a reliable service?
The app does what it promises. I didn’t find anything wrong with the performance. The only concern that I had was that about the GPS tracker, because if I am using an app to track location of my son, I want the app to be responsive, so if I have to follow him, I could do that too.
Pricing—is it worth getting?
It simply depends on how much you value your child’s digital safety, or how necessary it is for you to use a monitoring app on their devices. Some kids are predisposed to be careful with their action; they wouldn’t be very enticed by the bait clicks, nor will they find talking to strangers any interesting. This predisposition comes from your parenting style. If you are reiterating the significance of being careful online, your child will keep that in mind. But if that doesn’t work, you could always use XNSPY, because it’s affordable.
Some parents even prefer to use a monitoring app just for the contingency purpose to keep their kids’ safe from unsolicited access to adult content, and strangers, who are wondering aimlessly over the internet.
You can get XNSPY for around $8/month, which is reasonable bid on your child’s digital safety.
What else do you need to do?
XNSPY is compatible with Android and iOS devices only. The iOS version has an iCloud version (that I tried), and is very easy to set up.
Mutual consent is the key
No matter how much useful this app is for your child’s safety, you always have to respect the power of mutual agreements. Therefore, talk to your child about why you would need to monitor their online activity. You have to be very lucid with your choice of words, and tell them why internet is not a safe place to roam around without an adult’s supervision. Communication is the key here! Have a smart phone contract with your child before handing them over their first phone, and add a clause of monitoring as a precondition to use that device.
What is your experience when trying to monitor kids on the internet? Do you have any tips and tricks to help all of us navigate these tech savvy kids?