How to Monitor Your Kid’s Texts – Including Deleted Messages - Parentology

How to Monitor Your Kid’s Texts – Including Deleted Messages

by Jonathan David

School's back, and for many students it's an in-person experience. While that's amazing for kids' social-emotional development and learning, it also means that parents have less visibility into their digital lives. But don't worry -- child safety website mSpy lets you view your child’s social media activity (including Snapchat and Instagram), browser history, call logs, contact lists and much more.

And the big news? You can even read text messages that have been DELETED on both Android and iPhone without a jailbreak.

Text message monitoring has been of huge interest in recent years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, kids 8-10 spend an average of six hours per day in front of a screen, kids 11-14 spend nine hours, and youth 15-18 spend nearly eight hours per day – and that increased during the pandemic. Getting kids back to normal screentime levels is going to be tough, parents don’t often know what their child is doing on their phone, and their kids aren’t always forthcoming with what’s going on in their lives.

From sending 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 mSpy gives parents access and visibility into their child’s world.

mSpy works on both Android AND iPhone, and you can monitor everything without needing to jailbreak it, which can invalidate the iPhone warranty.

How mSpy Works

Once you register with mSpy and connect it to your child’s phone, the data gets downloaded to your private website login page where you can read all the text messages your child has sent and received. You can also view their photos and videos, emails, phone call logs, phone contacts and web browsing history, and monitor their social media messages on Tinder, Kik, Snapchat, Instagram, Skype, Facebook, WhatsApp and many more.

Wondering where your child is? GPS tracking shows where they are in real time, and mSpy’s Geofencing feature lets you set safe boundaries for where you child can travel – like from school to grandma’s house to your home. If they travel outside these virtual barriers, you’re alerted.

Parents can also view their child’s phone apps, block apps from working, and record their screen. There really is no other phone monitoring tool as comprehensive as mSpy. Check out all their features.

Is mSpy Legal?

Yes! As long as you are the parent or guardian of the child, it’s legal. What’s more, mSpy is invisible – the app does not appear on your child’s phone so they won’t know it’s there unless you tell them.

Should you tell them? That 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 trouble and you’re trying to prevent him or her from encountering bigger problems.

Right now, with summer here and more free time on kids’ hands, mSpy is offering great discounted rates. You can get 30% off a one-month trial, 60% off three months, and a whopping 83% off the monthly rate if you subscribe for a year.

So, whether you’re giving your child a 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, mSpy could be your way to safely and anonymously observe them without being a helicopter parent.