When it comes to family cars, I think of the Hyundai first. I think it’s because it was the first car that I got to pick out with my dad, including the color. It was a light burgundy – they called it wine. For an Italian family, it fit perfectly! Back then, we didn’t have wifi or the internet in cars and so road trips were boring. There’s only so many times you can listen to Al Bano and Romina Powers’ Felicita on cassette right?
Fast forward to 2016 and all cars are equiped with internet, gadgets and everything else in between. That is why Patrick Hyundai and I have teamed up to bring you just one more app to add to your list!
There’s no doubt that making a road trip with kids is one of the best vacation plans ever. That’s when you can spend the most time together, play games, enjoy the sun, laugh, and be completely insanely childish and free of stress. You may have read about “5 Great Road Trip Games for Kids” and added them to their cell phones to keep them entertained on the journey. However, while they play games, you cannot be too sure about if they don’t use their cell phones for other activities without your knowledge. What if they have been talking to a complete stranger and given away their plans and location, unwittingly attracting some kind of trouble? To make sure they don’t, you need to use a text monitoring app.
Besides, you must find a way to keep track of their conversations via text messages, and other online messengers too. Social media is something every kid draws towards right from the age of eight, so you would want to keep a check on their activities while you are on a road trip.
Know Which App to Use
There are too many monitoring and tracking apps available in the market. Your challenge is to choose one that offers text monitoring, without making your endeavor too obvious. While keeping kids safe, you cannot let them feel as if you lack faith in them. Telling them that you are supervising them can make them steer away from maintaining their original and relaxed attitude. Therefore, by installing such apps on their cell phones, you can remotely access all their activities and make sure that they use their cell phone responsibly. Xnspy is one of the many apps with which you can monitor all text messages and conversations via internet messengers like WhatsApp, Skype, Facebook, Viber, Line, and Kik.
What Text Monitoring Apps Prevent
There are some unique advantages of using such apps to keep track of your kids’ activities. For starters, these apps grant you access to the conversations your child engages in. You cannot just read entire threads of text message conversations, you can also see all multimedia files sent and received via other messengers as well. If there is any suspicious or disturbing content on the cell phone in the gallery, you can actually track the sender by checking the contact number. You can call the person to take things up from there to keep your child safe from harmful content if the need arises.
Additionally, you can also “Watchlist Words” and “Watchlist Contacts” with such monitoring apps. These features allow you to make sure that your child doesn’t use watch-listed words, and if they do, the app alerts you. This way, you can check the entire thread from the control panel and you can see what’s up without asking your child and avoid an uncomfortable situation while you enjoy your journey. If your child discloses sensitive details to a total stranger, you can detect it in time and take necessary measures to keep your child away from harm.
Remote Access to the Cell Phone
While you are on a journey, if your kids misplace their cell phones or other devices on which you may have installed the monitoring app, apps like XNSPY can be handy. From the control panel, you can use the GPS tracking feature to know where the cell phone is, and go back to get it. The good thing about most monitoring apps is that they work on both iOS and Android devices, so you can install them on a wide range of mobile devices. Moreover, you don’t even need a PC to access the control panel; you can use your cell phone.
An additional advantage of this feature is that if your child gets missing, you can use the GPS tracking feature to get to him or her.
Apart from this, a text monitoring app comes with additional remote access features like locking the device and wiping off the memory. If you feel that someone has picked the device and walked away while your kids were too busy having fun on the journey, you can lock the cell phone so that the culprit doesn’t access the information and content on the target devices. If you feel it’s in the best interest, you can even wipe off the entire data on the device.
Additionally, some tracking apps also have the ability to allow you to take screenshots of the activities remotely, and then you can use this feature for greater good.
Before wrapping things up, I will recommend that you go through the “Best Summer Road Trip Apps of 2016 For Traveling with Kids”. These apps are still running amongst the most famous and useful apps, and may be of use in 2017 as well.