Are you a concerned parent who wants to monitor your child’s text messages? Here are a few of the best apps that allow you to do so, as long as you have access to your kid’s phone. Some of these apps aren’t hidden when installed, so it might be a good idea to have a chat with your child letting them know you’ll be seeing everything that comes and goes
If you are looking for more features, such as which apps your kids have used, KidGuard may be the right option for you. This app is currently available for a price of $19.99 per month, but is originally $39.99 per month. It has the added feature of allowing you to see which apps your child has been using, giving you more peace of mind that they aren’t trying to override your monitoring.
2. Phone Tracker (Spy Phone Labs LLC)
This app is free for Android devices. It requires that you create an account online and install the app on your child’s phone before monitoring. While this is a great free app to browse your kid’s text messages, the app you install on their phone sends a notification twice daily reminding them that it is installed. For for some kids may double as a reminder to ditch their phone. Phonetracker allows you to see call history, text messages, and browser history.
This app is offered exclusively for apple devices, and allows you to read texts, see call, browser, and app usage history. The app also includes a control option, which makes it difficult for your child to remove the app. Using this app, if your child does find a way to disable it, you will immediately get notified through e-mail. It also has features that can restrict when their phone is being used, and which apps are downloaded.
If you install an app that requires phone access and your kid finds a way to block, disable or remove it, you may want to consider looking at options that don’t require phone access.