But the services offered by cell phone carriers are only the tip of the iceberg. You can get even more detailed information about your child's cell phone use, by purchasing special software online.
Monitoring software like Phone Sheriff and My Mobile Watchdog - once installed on a phone - allow parents to see a log of their child's phone calls, text messages, emails, photos, and websites visited.
A program called MobiStealth goes even farther. Some say it's an invasion of privacy, allowing parents to record phone conversations and even remotely activate a phone's microphone in order to eavesdrop on their child.
The programs require monthly monitoring fees of $50 or more.
But most parents who spoke with WSFA 12 News said their children under the age of 18 do not have a right to privacy. So they would consider using the software.
For those parents, experts say they should inform their children about the monitoring and have a discussion about the dangers online.
Free monitoring solutions
There are also some FREE apps that help parents monitor their children, but they are not as comprehensive as the pay versions. One of the simplest and most popular apps is called Lookout. It only addresses security and lost phone concerns, but it may be all a parent needs.
Lookout's automatic virus scanner checks downloads and sniffs out malware and spyware, the sort of attacks that can result in identity theft. You can also find a lost phone on a map and have contacts backed up to the Web.
Other free apps (with a variety of names) help located and track a cell phone's location. Apple's version is called Find My iPhone.
Search for them in your online App Store or Marketplace.
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