March 10, 2010

9 Ways to Spy on Your Kids

by Christine Tarbet

In this technologically advanced era, it’s easier than ever before to keep tabs on your children. From GPS trackers to cameras, parents can monitor their children’s every move. Whether you really want to or not is up to you. Here are nine ways to keep an eye on your kids, from smart to a little scary.

 

9. OnlineFamily.Norton.com

Norton

Keep track of your kids’ online activity, manage their time spent online, and make sure they can only see age-appropriate material, all from an easy-to-use Web interface. A virtual sigh of relief.

8. Emotion Detector

Emotion 

Move over, Simpsons! The emotion detector is said to be the wave of the future in baby monitors. Researchers are working on ways to analyze and interpret the cries of a baby. (Making moms obsolete? Nah!) 

7. Social Networking Sites

Social Networking

Moms have been using this little trick since the glory days of Friendster. Simply sign up for Facebook, friend your kids’ friends, and watch the tagged pictures and videos roll in.

6. Cell Phones GPS Tracking

Cellphone

Sites like Instamapper let you use your kid’s cell phone’s GPS technology to keep an eye on them for free. Buy your teen her own mobile, and use her naïve excitement to your advantage. Score!

5. Child Locator Devices

GPS

Child locators are incredibly popular now with new products popping up seemingly daily. Tag your child, and keep him continually by your side or receive cell phone alerts about his whereabouts. With these devices, your child won’t be able to blink without you knowing.

4. GPS Clothing

Blazer

It’s one step away from implanting a tracker chip in your child: GPS clothing!  In fact, Japanese schools have already added GPS capability to school blazers so that parents will know if a kid is in the schoolyard... or playing hooky.

3. Keystroke Recorder

Keystroke

Track what your kids are writing, read their chats, view their email conversations, and grab their passwords all by secretly recording every stroke of the keyboard. In other words, your kids won’t be able to keep anything private while they’re on the computer.

2. Webcams

Webcam

Last November, administrators at a Pennsylvania high school remotely accessed a webcam on a student’s school-issued laptop and took pictures without the child’s knowledge. Which means that parents could theoretically watch their kids 24/7 while they think they’re alone in their rooms.

1. Good Old-Fashioned Snooping

Snoop

Maybe we’re nostalgic, but there’s nothing like good old-fashioned snooping to keep tabs on your kids. Listen in on their conversations, read their journals, and poke through their belongings. Sound like an invasion of privacy? Well, it’s not any worse than the methods above!

Which of these devices would you use? And which sound absolutely wacky?

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Comments

sol

this post is disturbing in many levels.

Voice of Reason

Either you need serious help if you feel the need to invade your child's privacy that bad ... or ... your poor parenting skills make your child into someone who you have to constantly watch.

Mom

I will and would use the old fashion way of snooping.I have a 16 yr.old and recently caught him doing something I never thought he'd be doing. I would of never snooped before this but I will now for his own safety. I also told him I will be keeping an eye on you. I researched what to do and I have no choice but to make sure he follows the rules or he will face consequences.

Frank

Trust but verify! I like all the above and I think they can be very useful if properly employed.

romi

I loved reading this! While I can't imagine trying any of them - it's interesting to see what's out there.

Virginia

THIS IS SHAMEFUL. Kids are people too. They have a right to privacy. How would you feel if your spouse or significant other did this to you? It would be grounds to leave them and win a settlement in court.

BrownEyedGirl

This is great info. I'm glad this was not available when I was growing up...wait, computers were so expensive, we did not own one. Either way, it's nice to know what's out there to keep an eye on your kids. I agree with the one who said "Trust, but verify"...I stongly believe this. This is the only way we can really know what our children are up to so that in the future there are no regrets.

Jenna

the gps in clothing really isn't that great of an idea because kids could easily ditch their clothing if they wanted to go somewhere.

Child Tracking - Graham

During my research for childtracking.org I have a peculier feeling of dichotomy on this whole subject. I very much want a system that will help keep my toddlers safe from harm. On the other hand, I feel very uneasy about how a new surveillance society is rapidly arising. Spying on teenagers, though possible, does leave a bit of a bad taste in the mouth. It's an interesting and thought-provoking subject.

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