You did it. You caved and got your pre-teen their first iPhone. They’re excited, and you’re…worried. We get it, it’s a scary world out there.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This post will uncover how you can help your child stay safe online with their new device. Installation of a few key apps will help ensure your child stays safe while browsing iPhones.
Why Should You Modify Your Child’s iPhone?
As a parent, it’s natural to want to protect your child from the world’s dangers. Unfortunately, those dangers are now only a click away, thanks to the internet. And while you can’t wrap them in bubble wrap and keep them safe at home forever, you can take steps to help keep them safe online.
One way to do this is to modify their iPhones with apps that will help monitor their activity and protect them from predators, cyberbullies, and other threats. While we can’t mirror their every move, these apps give us a little more peace of mind and help us ensure our kids stay safe while browsing the internet on their iPhones.
What Apps Should You Install on Your Child’s iPhone?
A plethora of available apps claim to help keep kids safe online, but not all are created equal. Here are a few that we recommend:
- Life360 – This app is a must for any family with kids. It lets you track your child’s location in real-time, set up geofences, and see driving speed and routes. You can also use the app to message and call your child or send alerts if they need to come home immediately.
- Bark – This app uses AI to monitor your child’s texts, emails, and social media for signs of cyberbullying, sexual predators, and other risks. It will send you alerts, so you can act quickly if necessary.
- Screen Time – This app lets you see how much time your child spends on their iPhone and which apps they use most. You can also set limits for app usage and screen time overall.
- OurPact – This app allows you to block certain apps and websites on your child’s iPhone, as well as set limits for screen time overall. You can also schedule “screen-free” times when the phone will be inaccessible.
- Google Family Link – This app lets you set up a particular account for your child linked to your device. From there, you can manage settings, monitor activity, and even lock their device remotely if necessary.
- mSpy – mSpy is a tracking app that can be installed on your child’s iPhone without their knowledge. It lets you track their location and secretly monitor their text messages and social media activity. Unlike the other apps on this list, mSpy can’t be detected and uninstalled by your child. So, even if you’re a lucky parent of a little tech-savvy kid, mSpy can still help you keep tabs on them.
- Find My Friends – This is another built-in app that lets you share your location with other Apple users (with their permission). You can also use it to see the site of your child’s iPhone as long as they have the app installed and they have allowed you to track their location.
- Google Maps – This app lets you see the current location of any Android or iOS device as long as they have the app installed, and they have allowed you to track their location. You can also use it to get directions, find nearby businesses, and more.
- Snapchat – This popular messaging app allows users to exchange photos, videos, and text messages. It also has a feature called Snap Map, which lets users share their current location with friends. While this feature can be turned off, you must have a conversation with your child about why they might not want to share their location with friends.
- WhatsApp – This messaging app is similar to Snapchat, but allows users to make voice and video calls. It also has a “Status” feature, which lets users share photos, videos, and text updates with their contacts. As with Snapchat, it’s essential to talk to your child about why they might not want to share their “Status” with everyone on their contact list.
As our lives move increasingly online, it’s more important than ever to ensure that our children are safe when they use the internet. While there’s no substitute for supervision, these ten apps can help you protect your kids while they explore the digital world. Download them today and rest easy knowing that your children are protected while using their iPhones.