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Is Monitoring Your Child’s Text Messages Possible?



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    No one, not even children, welcomes the idea of someone probing into their messages. That’s why you may look for ways to monitor your child’s messages without them knowing. Of course, we aren’t going to tell you to creep into your child’s room and lift their phone! In this article, we will discuss ways you can read your child’s messages on your own phone discreetly.


    Should I See Everything on My Child’s Phone?

    Many parents may wonder why they should break their children’s privacy and monitor kids’ text messages on their phones. However, considering the risks that await children in the digital world, a degree of monitoring your child’s text messages seems necessary.


    As a parent, you wouldn’t want your child to talk to strangers or go out with people you disapprove of because we all know not everyone in the world has honest and good intentions. Now, how the digital world be any different? Your child might be home but still not safe because he or she is approached through text messages by a dangerous person.

    Cyberbullying, sexual harassment, grooming, and scams are among the crimes that can happen in the digital world to children. Besides, it is not just strangers that you need to worry about; sometimes, children are harassed or deceived by their friends, classmates, or other people you know.

    One of the common ways that harassers approach children are through text messages. Also, children use messages to plan risky actions that can get them into trouble. That is why you need to monitor children’s phones.


    How to Monitor My Child’s Text Messages on iPhone and Android Devices

    First, we need to divide the messages your child sends/receives into two categories: SMS and encrypted messages. The messages we send using instant messaging programs such as Telegram, WhatsApp, SnapChat, etc., are end-to-end encrypted. That means not even the service providers themselves can access your messages. In this case, we suggest you download and install safe messaging and texting apps for kids so that you can be sure of who they’re messaging.

    However, even with kids’ texting apps, there is no way to read your child’s encrypted messages on your phone. However, you can see your child’s text messages on your own phone using a parental control app like Safes.

    Using Safes, you can even determine specific keywords as inappropriate. Every time such keywords are used in your child’s text messages, the app will notify you, whether it’s the sender who’s used the keyword or the receiver.

    Safes sends a copy of the content of every SMS message your child sends or receives to your phone alongside the sender/recipient numbers. You will understand if your child is exchanging suspicious messages by checking them. You can use this function on both Android and iOS devices.

    Safes also allows you to track your child’s phone with them knowing through real-time location tracking. You can also see their location history. This way you can track your kid’s iPhone or Android device.


    Concluding How to Monitor Your Child’s Messages

    For the safety and well-being of your child, it is necessary to monitor and check your child’s text messages. Safes is the app that allows you to read your child’s text messages. You can also see the phone numbers they exchange messages with. You’ll receive all this information on your phone without your child knowing it.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    We’ve compiled a list of questions and answers to help provide more information on the topic we discussed. If you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d be happy to help!


    How can I monitor my child’s text messages for free?

    The short answer is, you can’t. There is no free app to monitor your child’s text messages unless you want to check out spyware which we don’t suggest you do. When you use a parental control app for parental phone monitoring your child knows what you’re doing which means there’s a lower chance of them getting into trouble.


    How can I see my child’s text messages on Android?

    You see your child’s SMS on your Android phone by using parental control apps such as Safes. You will see a copy of all the SMS that your child sends and receives and the sender/recipient numbers.


    Is it possible for me to see my child’s text messages without them knowing?

    By installing parental control apps on your child’s phone, you can see your child’s SMS on your own phone. Some parental control apps such as Safes send a copy of each SMS your child sends or receives alongside the phone numbers to your phone.



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    Download Safes Kids for Chrombook

    1. Install the Safes Kids app on your Chromebook from Google Play. 
    2. Pair Safes Kids with parent app. Follow the instructions in the app to pair your child’s device with your parent device.  
    3. Add the Safe Kids Chrome extension. Open Chrome and go to the Chrome Web Store. 
    4. Navigate to the Manage extensions page. Click the three dots in the top right corner of Chrome and select “Extensions”>”Manage Extensions”>”Details”
    5. Turn on “Allow in incognito mode” This will allow the Safe Kids extension to work in incognito mode, which is important if your child uses incognito mode to try to bypass the parental controls.
    6. Select Safes extension and follow on-screen instruction

    Download Safes Kids for Android

    Download the Android Kid’s app directly to get the full features!

    Download Safes Kids App on Play Store

    Download Safes Kids App on Play Store

    Safe Kids is available on the Google Play Store, but if you download it directly from our website, you will get access to Call and SMS monitoring feature, You can monitor the phone calls of your child’s device, as well as the contacts and messages they have sent and received, including those containing inappropriate content.