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Apps that give parents access to kids' mobile activity

Posted by Kristi Palma  November 12, 2013 10:56 AM

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Are you worried that your teenager is "sexting" (sending sexually explicit photos via phone)? Do you fear your child is being bullied online?

There are apps that aim to help. Apps like My Mobile Watchdog and MamaBear give parents access to the online lives of their kids.

These apps let you read your child's texts, view his or her photos, receive notifications when your child "checks in" somewhere with friends, gets tagged in a photo online, and is the recipient of bad language or bullying. There is also a GPS function that lets you track your child's whereabouts. You can also block apps, limit the amount of time your child can use his or her phone, and more. (Photo: iStockphoto.com)

Find out more about the apps in this WAPT video.



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Kristi Palma, Boston.com Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
Jennifer Clark Estes is a teacher, writer, blogger, and the mother of four young children. In her free time, she blogs at A Mom's World, plays with the kids (or chauffeurs them around), and is desperately seeking a quiet spot so she can read a book. Follow her on Twitter @JenniferCEstes.
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