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App Review: TeenSafe

Another options for parents, TeenSafe is a relatively new option on the market for parents who are trying to monitor what their kids are doing on their phones. This app can see a wide variety of parts of the phone. Examples include:

  1. Viewing of all SMS and iMessages, include those that have been sent, received, and deleted

  2. Call logs, both sent and received

  3. Location history of the device

  4. Web browsing history, including bookmarks and contacts

  5. Messages from apps such as WhatsApp and Kik

This type of monitoring is impressive and can give parents and caregivers a great degree of insight into the browsing and messaging habits of their children. If parents find something on the app that is questionable, they are able to discuss this quickly with their children. The app does have some restrictive capabilities; however, these aren’t as varied, diverse, or specific as some of the other options on the market. While this app is exceptional at monitoring activities, there are some downsides.

The app does not allow the parent or caregiver to see videos or images that are on the phones. The app also only works on iPhones, Androids, and other apple mobile devices. The app is not able to be used on computer. Even though the app comes with a 7 day free trial, it does have a cost after this trial, which some people may not be able to afford. Lastly, even though the app is a monitoring program, that is all it is able to do. Parents aren’t able to block websites through the app and, furthermore, the information is based out of the iCloud. This means that the child’s phone has to be able to back up on a daily basis so that the information can be downloaded into the parent dashboard. This daily routine can become arduous for some families.

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