I’m the mother of four boys between 5 and 12 years old. All four of them play soccer in the Three Village area and two play baseball here as well. Well, Spring has sprung and, as you can guess, I’m pretty busy shuttling them from one practice to another—soccer, soccer, baseball, soccer, baseball, soccer…. You get the picture. I’m all over the place and can’t be in two places at once, so I often have to leave one or two of them with the coach in order to drop off or pick up another. It’s pretty crazy. I have to keep checking my iPhone calendar just to keep up.
The weekends are just as insane, my two oldest have baseball—usually games, sometimes practices—on Saturdays and all four have soccer games on Sundays. My husband, who works in Manhattan, is there with me on the weekends, but we’re still split up between four kids. The fields are safe and there are tons of people around all the time, but that can be a negative. While we feel fairly safe leaving the 12 and 10 year olds without our constant supervision, we obviously want to be there for the 5 and 7 year olds—but every now and then we have to switch and run to the fields for the older kids.
I can’t tell you the amount of stress I feel every time I leave a child of mine alone. It makes me feel like a bad mother—but I’m doing all I can to be a good one. My husband came up with a good idea that he got from a coworker of his who is also a parent and we’re glad we went along with it. We both decided to get smartphones for the older kids.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, giving smartphones to youngsters is a bad idea. The thing is, a lot of 12-year olds have them—and most teens in my area definitely do. My 10-year old has been on an iPad for years now. We’ve had multiple discussions with them about the inappropriate material that is on the internet as well as conversations about sexual predators and scammers that prey on children. They are well aware and we always talk about it to make sure they stay that way. They know that having a smartphone is a big responsibility and we told them we would check what they are doing from time to time—just as we do with their tablets. But we also did one thing extra, we installed a mobile monitoring app that allows for worry free spy on cell phone without installing software program called Auto Forward spy app on both their new phones … and we told them about it and we even told them we can spy on phone without access to the phone being necessary.
Auto Forward spy app lets us access their calls, texts, social media activity, browser history and more so that we can make sure they are playing safely in the digital world. It also lets us not only see the pictures and videos that they take, share and receive, but also provides us access to their cells’ camera and microphone so that we can snap a pic and listen in on their environment—which is great for when we are away from them. We can also track them via GPS in case they wander or go missing—God forbid.
Having a spy app for cell phone spying without installing software isn’t the be-all-end-all solution to keeping an eye on my kids, but it’s a handy helper for my husband and I. And so far, it’s been working like a charm.