It is often a delicate balance between allowing your children the space to explore the world around them. While making sure you keep them away from danger.
As any parent will know, you have to have eyes all around you to keep tabs on your children. Thankfully, this is where you can take advantage of the latest gadgets and tech available.
Here is a look at how apps can monitor your kids online and ways to use GPS tracking technology to keep any eye on your children at all times.
Becoming a parent comes with an extensive list of new and ongoing responsibilities. You want to ensure your children are happy and have the right amount of control. You also want to give them the chance to function as independently as possible.
Responsible parenting is a balancing act – you never completely master the art – but at least nowadays you can have some modern tools at your disposal to help you exercise the right level of care and supervision.
High level of visibility
You often have to be able to keep an eye on your children while you are doing other things.
If you are driving a car like the Chrysler Pacifica, the vehicle is fitted with a 360-degree surround view camera. This allows you to see what the kids are up to without turning around and taking your eyes off the road.
When it comes to being able to see what your children are getting up to, the internet poses a very modern dilemma. Children today are born into the world where communication is commonplace across the internet. The problem for parents is being able to see what your kids are looking at and whom they are talking to online.
Kids are getting used to handling smartphones and tablets, but at least you can use apps to monitor their activity and even check where they are at all times.
Hoverwatch is one example of how apps can help you keep your children safe. It lets you monitor their WhatsApp messages and you can also check their call log and view their text messages.
Some parents will feel this is intrusive. The dilemma is that not everyone online is who he or she purports to be. You also want to ensure that inappropriate adult material is not being accessed.
Talk to your children about online safety and explain why you want to monitor their online activity.
Track your child anywhere
It is a terrible feeling not to know exactly where your child is. If you have lost sight of them and they are not reachable by phone, you will be thankful for GPS tracking. GPS tracking devices can be worn as a wristband or as a clip attached to your child’s clothing. There are a number of different GPS tracking devices available. They can be used to protect your children and have various features to provide you with parental control. You can even set up a geo-fenced safe zone that alerts you when they stray outside of a predetermined area.
You can’t have eyes everywhere as a parent, but at least you now have the tech to watch over your children where you otherwise couldn’t.
Abbie Kay works in a day-care center and adores kids and she can’t wait until she has a few of her own! Until then, she’s happy to care for the kids she works with and her young nephews and nieces.