Special to DadsDivorce.com
Being a father is not the easiest job in the world, and for a father who is divorced from their children’s mother, things can be a lot harder still.
As a non-custodial parent, it can be difficult to know what your children are up to, and whether they are being cared for properly.
A potential threat to a child’s safety is their access to potentially harmful content on the Internet. With so many ways in which children can access the Internet, there is a now higher risk of your children putting themselves in harm’s way every time they log on.
With smartphones and tablets being the must have gadget amongst children of all ages right now, there are more opportunities than ever before for your children to be making contact with people they shouldn’t.
Parents often allow their children to have unsupervised access to the Internet and this usually involves a smartphone or tablet computer. It is at times like these when children are at their most vulnerable.
As a parent, it is important that you fully understand the problems that can come with unfettered access to the Internet, especially with younger children, and one of the dangers, one which seems to be gaining in notoriety, is known as cyber-bullying.
Cyber-bullying is just like normal bullying except that all of the attacks happen online. There are psychological and emotional types of bullying.
With schoolyard bullying, the cuts and bruises will show. However, with cyber-bullying there are mental scars that can be hidden from view.
Cell Phone Tracking Software
It is important, therefore, that you can spot the signs when things go wrong, although this can be difficult, especially with teenagers, who have a tendency to be withdrawn and moody.
However, it is important for you as a father to find out whether sudden changes in mood or behavior are indicative of something far more dark and dangerous than traditional teenage angst.
If trying to garner information from your child is not getting any results, and you are still concerned that your child or children are suffering at the hands of a cyber-bully, then there are some ways in which you can find out the truth.
A lot of worried and concerned parents are turning to cell phone spying software as a means to acquire the information and evidence they need to help their child escape the clutches of a bully or other threat.
A mobile spying app is a clever computer program, which can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet, in order to monitor certain functions of that device. It is a covert piece of software, which runs undetected in the background, allowing you to gain access to a number of important pieces of data.
Some mobile spying apps, such as the one provided by mSpy, allow you to read SMS messages, emails, and messages sent via any number of standalone messaging apps, such as BlackBerry Messenger, Viber, and WhatsApp.
Keeping One Step Ahead
One handy feature of apps such as these is the ability to be able to track the device by means of using its own GPS signal against it.
Most smartphones and tablet PC’s which are connected to a service network give a GPS signal provided that the feature has not been disabled. This means that you can track the movements of your child, so that you know exactly where they are at any time of the day or night.
It can be difficult to know just what your children are talking about when they are communicating with friends and acquaintances. However, if you are concerned that they may be talking about certain subjects, you can program the spy app to alert you when certain keywords are used. This is a handy feature if you are worried that your kids may be talking about sex and drugs.
In addition to the aforementioned features, you can also add parental controls to the device, meaning that you can restrict websites and apps from being downloaded, which may have unsuitable or adult content.
As a parent and a father that cannot be with their children as often as possible, these kind of spying apps can be just the solution to putting your fears at rest, leaving you safe in the knowledge that your kids are not putting themselves in danger.