Here’s some exciting news for parents looking to monitor their child’s text message activity. Child safety website KidBridge lets you view your child’s browser history, call logs, contact lists and more — and that includes reading the text messages they send and receive on iPhone.
You can even read text messages that have been DELETED
Text message monitoring has been of huge interest in recent years. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation study, kids spend an average of 7 hours, 38 minutes a day connected to some type of electronic device. The big worry for parents is that they don’t often know what their child is doing on their phone, online, or in the real world — and their kids aren’t always forthcoming with what’s going on in their lives.
From sending friends seemingly innocent (but potentially provocative) photos, to online solicitations, sexting, or befriending some less-than-desirable characters, kids can make mistakes caused by youthful inexperience. Those actions can end up haunting a child and parent forever, but KidBridge gives parents access and visibility into their child’s world.
Kidbridge works only on an iPhone, and you can monitor everything without needing to jailbreak it, which can invalidate the iPhone warranty.
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Once you register with KidBridge, the information gets downloaded to your private login page where you can read all the iPhone text messages your child has sent and received. You can also view their phone call logs, phone contacts and web browsing history, and monitor Kik and WhatsApp messages.
KidBridge doesn’t show up on your child’s phone, which can sound a little sneaky; however, as long as you are the parent or guardian of the child it’s legal. As for whether or not you should tell your child, that the decision is up to you. Every family is different, and when it comes to protecting your children it’s sometimes good to open a dialogue. Other times it’s better to be discreet, such as when your child has already run into some trouble and you’re now trying to prevent him or her from encountering bigger problems.
So, whether you’re giving your child a cell phone for the first time and just want to keep an eye on them, or you have a teen exposed to more than they’re ready to handle, KidBridge could be your way to safely and anonymously observe them without being a helicopter parent.