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What is a good cellphone monitoring program for a kids phone?

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What is a good cellphone monitoring program for a kids phone?

I want to install a program on my kids phone so that I can monitor their messages, location, browser history, etc.

Don't care if it costs money ( Infact I'd prefer if it did) I just need it too work and to be discrete. Accessing the info from another phone or a desktop would be a must too. It needs to work on Android too. Multiple device monitoring is a plus.

I don't care if you don't agree with this approach, just need the software.
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Take a look at Cerberus App: https://www.cerberusapp.com/
I was using Cerberus Personal Safety (Persona) for many years.
There is also a Cerberus Child Safety (Kids), but I didn't use it yet.
I had a lifetime license until the company decided to invalidate all lifetime licenses (they needed more money) :-|
While this behaviour is disgusting, the App itself is extremely powerful.
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I know you probably don't want to argue about your approach, but at the very least, don't be discrete about it. If you absolutely think you need to have a monitoring program on your kids phone, then tell them about it and be honest about what you're tracking.
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MrBear2019 wrote: I know you probably don't want to argue about your approach, but at the very least, don't be discrete about it. If you absolutely think you need to have a monitoring program on your kids phone, then tell them about it and be honest about what you're tracking.
Lol why

That just defeats the purpose
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I've used Boomerang Parental Control app on android devices. More for controling than monitoring but it does both.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... g&hl=en_US
It's fairly granular. I'm not sure if it's transparent/hidden to the kid device as in the situation we've used it in, the kid asked for it.
It can track screen time and has it's own locked down browser.

I would say I'm a techie and I see the challenge of a child's device use is mostly nontechnical.
FWIW, I'm a father of eight spanning 5 years to 25 years old and my experience with the internet began in 1989.
As always, YMMV.
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astrolad wrote: I've used Boomerang Parental Control app on android devices. More for controling than monitoring but it does both.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... g&hl=en_US
It's fairly granular. I'm not sure if it's transparent/hidden to the kid device as in the situation we've used it in, the kid asked for it.
It can track screen time and has it's own locked down browser.

I would say I'm a techie and I see the challenge of a child's device use is mostly nontechnical.
FWIW, I'm a father of eight spanning 5 years to 25 years old and my experience with the internet began in 1989.
As always, YMMV.
Appreciate the input, does it monitor social media (specifically tiktok)? We are considering mspy right now as well.

We also found one called safe lagoon but it has a huge ass banner on the phones log in part and I don't want that but the company says it can't be turned off.
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Super strokey wrote: Appreciate the input, does it monitor social media (specifically tiktok)? We are considering mspy right now as well.
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I would say no.
The model that Boomerang uses is a control model so as a parent you limit what apps are installed/used on the phone and for when and how long.
This is a list of the features of the app on Android & iOS:
https://useboomerang.com/boomerang-android-vs-ios/
Whitelist/blacklist for calls and text messages and youtube.
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RFDQ1016 wrote: Lol why

That just defeats the purpose
Because sooner or later you will have to tell them if it actually turn out to be *useful*.

How the heck you are going to explain to them at that point? Mind reading?
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RFDQ1016 wrote: Lol why

That just defeats the purpose
Destroying the trust between children and parents is even worst...
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DeJesus wrote: Destroying the trust between children and parents is even worst...
Exactly.
If you trust then there should be no need for monitoring

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