Curiosity Killed the Cat: Parental Control and Smart Phones

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We all succumb to a basic and fundamental need of Facebook stalking, but would we actually spy on our own family members? We’d all like to say no, but there’s a growing trend of parents eager to monitor their children’s every technological move.

TIME Magazine published an article this month by Victor Luckerson which claimed that 70 million people by 2016 will be using monitoring apps in Europe and North America. Some of the most popular apps include SMS Tracker which allows the user to read texts and see photos from their child’s phone, and Mobiflock which blocks specific apps on smart phones. There is a security in these apps, especially the GPS apps which track the specific location of the smart phone owner. There’s a safety in this, but where do we draw the line between protective and intrusive? Continue reading