Cell phones have become a necessity, not another piece of technology one owns. These devices allow anyone to send, receive, and store information through text messages, email, and other communication methods. Cell phone owners aren’t just adults anymore; Many kids now own cell phones, including iPhones.
While having a phone has a myriad of benefits, there are also dangers lurking, particularly for children. Cyberbullies, online predators, and scammers could bring harm by simply acquiring the phone number and sending text messages to your child’s phone. Kids text all the time and they are rarely selective with whom they exchange messages. This is why parental controls and phone monitoring is essential.
Monitor Your Child’s iMessages For Their Safety
As parents, it is your responsibility to monitor your child and their iPhone to ensure that they do not fall victim to online dangers. Of course, you could always manually check their iPhone but there are several other ways to monitor your child’s text messages. The main ways of message monitoring your kid’s iPhone are with the use of iCloud and text message forwarding. There are also applications and software available in the market that allow you to view their texts. To easily monitor your child’s iPhone, you need their iCloud account credentials or their Apple ID and password.
The iCloud Method
An easy and free way to monitor your child’s iMessages is via the iCloud method. iCloud syncing on messages was made possible during Apple’s release of the iOS 12. This allows messages to be available on all the devices that are signed in with the same iCloud ID. The catch, of course, is that you’d need to know your child’s Apple ID and password. Also, if you input your credentials, your child would know that you are tracking their messages since your messages will also appear on their iPhone.
Follow these simple steps to access and monitor your child’s text messages on their iPhone for free.
- On your child’s iPhone, go to Settings then tap on the name of the device user.
- Next, tap on iCloud and move the slider beside Messages to the right.
- Sign in to the same iCloud ID on other Apple devices like your iPhone or iPad. You can now view the messages sent to and from or your child’s iPhone.
You could also do this from your Mac computer, just do the following.
- Create a new user account on your macOS device.
- Open the Messages app and input your child’s iCloud credentials.
- On the Messages Settings, go to Accounts, and set the “You can be reached for messages at:” with your child’s phone number.
- This account will then collect messages from your child’s phone as it runs in the background.
Text Message Forwarding Method
Another great way to monitor your child’s text messages is by setting up the Text Message Forwarding feature. Follow these steps to access your child’s text messages from any other OS device.
- On your child’s iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive to check the Apple ID they are using for iMessage.
- On your iPhone or other Apple device that you plan to use for text monitoring, sign in with the same Apple ID.
- Again on your child’s iPhone, go to Settings > Messages > Text Message Forwarding; move the slider beside your monitoring device’s name to the right. (Note: Apple has canceled this option on Apple devices running on iOS 12 and iOS 13).
- Select your device to receive text messages from your child’s iPhone and enter verification when prompted.
Take note that your child may turn this feature off. To prevent that go to Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions > enter a passcode > select Don’t Allow Changes. Also, please note that you would need a Wi-Fi connection or cellular network for this method to work.
iPhone Monitoring Apps
Now, if you wish to monitor text messages discreetly, you may want to consider using a third-party monitoring app for iPhone. There are several spying apps for iPhone available in the market. It is only a matter of choosing which one works best for you. Monitoring software helps you track your child’s iMessages and private messages on Messenger, WhatsApp, Kik, Instagram, and more.
Along with viewing texts, a monitoring app could help you track your child’s phone location, phone call history, contacts, social media activities, browser history, and a lot more. All of this and more can be tracked in real-time. Take note however that the more you could do with the monitoring app, the pricier it could be.
In this digital age, parents do not just have to worry about dangers outside the home or on the streets. Bullies, predators, and criminals now lurk on the web and could easily harm your kids with a simple message. Educate your child on the dangers of using a phone not to scare them, but to make them conscious and aware of their actions. On top of the regular reminders to your child, you may opt to take precautionary measures like the ones mentioned above to protect your child from falling into the traps of cybercriminals. It is always wise to be careful and vigilant.