Children today want a cell phone and a tablet. As a parent you feel obliged to get them one. How are they going to keep up with their friends? They insist that “all of their friends have one!” How can you use yours if your kids are on them all the time? So we give in. We give them the phones and the tablets and now they spend their entire days on these devices. Do you check what your kids are doing on these devices? Do you monitor who they are talking to and what apps they are using?
Stuff happens all the time on the internet, social media and apps , and it is not all fun and games. There is bullying. There is sexting. There are predators disguised as cute boys or girls. You need to take charge and know what your kids are doing on their phones. Of course they are going to roll their eyes and tell you that you are invading their privacy but you need to monitor what they are doing NOW! They will thank you one day.
Here are five apps that you need to monitor on your children’s phones. Make sure you know all their passwords, know who they are talking to. Before your children downloads an app be sure to check it out. A good resource to check apps is Bewebsmart.com. Now onto the list.
Patricia Singer is the owner of Follow Me Social Media Consulting. She works with individuals, small and mid-sized businesses, helping them navigate and market using the numerous social media platforms. www.BestToFollowMe.com