When we moved we didn't install the camera in his new room. And since then, I haven't missed it.
But I realize there will come a time when I have to start monitoring him again: When he gets his own cell phone.
Unless something major changes between now and the time my son is old enough to have a cell phone, I am pretty sure monitoring his use of it will be inevitable. There will come a time when I, like the other parents in this piece from the Sun-Sentinel will find a tech company that allows me to monitor texts, calls and online access.
But here's what I think I may do a little differently:
- I'm going to tell him that I have a way to monitor him and why I am doing it.
- His phone will have a curfew.
- We're still going to have ongoing conversations about privacy.
- We can reopen the conversation about monitoring and privacy when he is old enough to date.
Do you currently use an app to track your child's cell phone use? What do you like about it and what do you wish it did differently? Tell me in the comments.