It is not nice to spy on text messages and your parents probably taught you not to read other people’s mail. Even so, there is a time when mom (or dad) has to decide to become a cell phone spy to keep the kids safe. How do you do it? Easy!
Set up My Mobile Watchdog (for a monthly fee of $9.95)
My Mobile Watchdog provides a monitoring service that helps mom to become an effective cell phone spy on text messages and even calls the child receives. Order a phone directly from the company or link the kid’s BlackBerry, Android or Windows Mobile Smartphone to the application.
It is important to remember that to successfully spy on text messages, your child must actually know that the application is installed on the phone. My Mobile Watchdog is not spyware and therefore will be visible to the child. If junior decides to try and disable the application, it will lock up the phone and send an alert to mom or dad.
Advantage: Keep watch over who is contacting your child or whom they are contacting. If someone is unapproved, it is possible to discuss the situation with the kid. See pics before the child sends them out.
Don’t Rely on the Cell Service Provider
More than one suspicious spouse has attempted to spy on text messages sent or received by their significant other with the help of a cell phone service provider. Divorce 360 explains that this is not possible for the layperson. The providers cannot divulge the text messages and also do not store them for longer than a couple of days. To spy on cell phone text messages sent or received by the child in this manner is fruitless.
The (Il)Legality of Becoming a Clandestine Cell Phone Spy
Conveniently located in the Seychelles, FlexiSPY is a costly application that may be installed secretly on the child’s cell phone. It generates call logs, emails, locations and also lets the parent listen to conversations. The light version costs $149 per year and offers mom or dad a chance to secretly spy. In the process, mom or dad are also (probably) breaking a number of privacy and wiretapping laws of the United States, depending on who owns the phone. Tread lightly if you choose to go this route.
Disadvantage: If the successful cell phone spy does catch junior with an inappropriate message, the cat is out of the bag as soon as the parent confronts the child about the call or message. In the end, this type of application can do a lot more damage than it solves problems.
Learning how to spy on text messages a child sends or receives is an iffy subject. Go about it the wrong way, and the damage you do in the process may strain the open doors of communication. Conversely, if you stick your head in the sand, you fail to protect the child against cyber bullies, stalkers and those who would seek to get her (or him) involved in sexting.
My Mobile Watchdog
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