Should you spy on your kids to protect them?

Melbourne: With 78 percent of teens today having smartphones and access to social media, statistics show 43 percent of children suffering from cyberbullying and 90 percent of those unwilling to tell an adult, according to TeenSsafe, the US-based leading iPhone, Android and tablet monitoring service now available in Australia.

By 2020, 90 percent of children over six years old will own a smartphone. So, what can parents do to protect their digital native children from cyberbullying, online predators, depression, and even suicide? To discuss one of the most controversial questions: is monitoring a child’s digital activity spying or protecting, TeenSafe’s Australia CEO Rawdon Messenger will be in Sydney an Melbourne during April 13-17.

“The most dangerous part of the world our children are growing up in is the exposure they have to subjects through their smartphones that their brains are just not ready for. With full access to the world of information and communication, children are left subjected to extreme social, cyberbullying, sexual harassment and peer-pressure issues. Every week I read about teens succumbing to the pressures of their online world, falling into depression, causing self-harm or tragically taking their lives,” said Messenger.

“With all these trends rising dramatically every year, we believe that a child’s safety trumps privacy in every situation. Our determination to preventing and protecting our youth worldwide is why we’ve just launched in Australia – and is why I am looking forward to speaking on the subject when I arrive next week.”

TeenSafe is the only service available that allows access to a child’s iPhone without having to jailbreak it, resulting in a faulty warranty and a damaged phone. The service allows parents of children and teens access to their child’s incoming, outgoing and deleted text messages, web browsing history, contacts, call logs, location and Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Kik activity through a secure, online account.