How Can I Monitor My Child’s Text Messages With Verizon?
A child’s first smartphone is a big decision, one that parents don’t go into without concern. It’s not like the old days when you were growing up with a landline in the middle of the family room–kids have more privacy to talk to who they want, when they want than ever before.
That’s why it’s important for parents to be involved. Simply setting ground rules for the amount of smartphone time is not always enough; you may also need to monitor your child’s text messages. Just like you would want to know who they spend time with after school, monitoring can help parents be aware of and prevent cyberbullying, sexting, and worst case scenario–an online predator texting your child.
Every phone carrier is a little different, so that’s why we’re focusing on how you can monitor your child’s text messages with Verizon.
Verizon Family Safeguards & Controls
Verizon offers a wide selection of family safeguards and parental controls that ensure the security of your child’s device around-the-clock. These settings are easy to initiate and they can be added to the family’s plan with a simple installation from your Verizon account.
Here are two of the top protections you can add to your plan to monitor your child’s texting:
FamilyBase lets parents control when and how children can send text messages. This service provides parents with a convenient dashboard that lists the child’s data usage, including the amount of texts they send.
Data usage can not only be monitored but it can be restricted so that children cannot text during certain times of the day (such as during school hours) or at night when they should be asleep. This service also lets parents monitor their child’s contacts. For instance, if a new, unknown contact is added to the phone, the parent can have direct access to this information. Simply add FamilyBase to your Verizon plan to get started with this reliable service.
Block Texts & Calls
Sometimes parents need to intervene and stop certain people from contacting their children. From cyberbullying to harassment via text, parents can put a halt on such activities and keep their children protected.
Text blocking, a free service offered by Verizon, gives parents the ability to block text messages from specific phone numbers. From other children at school or from the neighborhood that the child should have no contact with to other uninvited contacts, parents can put an end to unwanted messages and block these numbers for good.
How TeenSafe Can Help
While Verizon offers services that can certainly help parents, it doesn’t quite alleviate the problem of knowing what kind of conversations are happening. Your child could still be participating in cyberbullying or sexting, and you wouldn’t be the wiser.
TeenSafe offers a top-of-the-line, trusted application that allows you to read the SMS texts or iMessages your child has been sending and receiving. TeenSafe is a service dedicated to helping you protect your children from the sometimes not-so-obvious dangers that their inexperience may not recognize.
Our goal is to empower parents so they have insight into their children’s mobile phone behaviors. Our monitoring service will not only give you access to sent and received messages, but will even allow you to see messages that have been deleted. Such visibility is important as it can help you detect harm, keep your child safe, and give you peace of mind in knowing you have taken added measures to monitor what your child is doing.
The good news is that you do not even need your child’s phone in hand while setting up this application, nor do you need to worry about jailbreaking the phone. To sign up for the application simply, register with TeenSafe and access your account. Once logged in, a detailed list of your child’s texting activities will appear for your review. On top of that, TeenSafe Control allows you to turn off text messaging if you feel your child’s texting has gotten out of hand.
As an internet-based technology, text messaging does have many unfortunate downsides. And while texting may seem like an innocent activity, there are so many dangers that can negatively impact children—dangers that discerning parents must be aware.
The good news is there are remedies that you can take as a parent to keep your child safe and from harm’s way. Verizon and TeenSafe offer security features that can be added to your child’s phone simply and unobtrusively, letting you feel secure in knowing that you have taken the necessary precautions to watch over your child’s text messages and intervene as a caring parent as necessary.