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7 Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe on Mobile Devices

The Web is moving more and more towards mobile devices every year. From iPods to Nintendo DSIs, when you hand your child an Internet-enabled device without proper boundaries, you are foolish.

  • 52% of nine year olds and 95% of 15 year olds have a mobile phone.
  • By 2020, most of us will connect to the Internet via our mobile devices.

Mobile Internet tips for parents:

  • Create a Parent/Child Acceptable Use Contract.
  • Phones remain in kitchen at night to charge.
  • Review phone logs at random, look for gaps in time.
  • Get a paper bill and review the numbers called and texts sent.
  • Get a Web filter for your child’s mobile device.
  • Have family rules for daily, monthly, and yearly mobile free times.
  • Have a zero tolerance policy for texting and driving.

Here are a couple of mobile software sites you need to take a look at.

Websafety.com

What makes Websafety unique?

Message Monitoring
You will be notified when there is a dangerous message including sexting, pedophilia, cyber-bullying, suicide, drug, or gun talk.

Virtual Fence
Setup unlimited virtual fences and be notified when your child enters or leaves these perimeters. Perfect for working parents with “latch-key kids.”

No Texting and Driving
Revolutionary, patent-pending technology stops texting while driving; passengers can ask parents for permission! Easy to turn off and back on remotely.

Speed Alert
If your child goes over the set speed limit, you will be notified instantly.

No Texting Zones
Block text messaging while in certain pre-defined zones, such as at school, in church, or at work.

Location History
View recent history of where your child has been.

Contact Lists
Setup safe numbers for family and close friends, alternatively add numbers to the banned list.

Porn Filter
Stop pornography from being viewed on the phone’s Internet browser.

If my kids were old enough to be cell phone users, this would be a no-brainer.

Another site that offers parents monitoring software is Mobile Spy.

Screen SMS messages
Records every SMS message sent or received.

GPS tracking
Tracks GPS position at any interval you select

Call monitoring
Logs all inbound and outbound phone calls.

Photo and video monitoring
Records photos and videos taken by the phone.

One of the pushbacks many parents and EVERY kid will have is this: “What about privacy?” My kids will not have any privacy; there are just too many dangers out there with mobile technology. If my kids get upset over monitoring software on their phone, I’ll remind them they are lucky they have a door to their room. Parents, if your kid has a cell phone, don’t trust them; protect them.

Here are a couple of other links to mobile safety software.

http://www.internetsafety.com/safe-eyes-mobile-iphone.php

http://www.netnanny.com/downloads/mobile

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Sam Luce has been the children’s pastor at Redeemer Church in Utica, New York for the past 14 years. Currently he serves as the Utica campus pastor and the Global family pastor. A prolific blogger and popular children's conference speaker, Sam has worked in children's ministry for over 23 years and is also a contributing editor to K! magazine.