Do you really know what your kid’s doing on that smartphone?

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Do you really know what your kid’s doing on that smartphone?

Ayrial Miller, 13, takes a quick moment to check her phone at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Chicago to show how the monitoring software her mom has installed on the phone works. Most of the school day, students’ phones stay with their homeroom teachers.
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Do you really know what your kid’s doing on that smartphone?

Ayrial Miller, 13, takes a quick moment to check her phone at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Chicago to show how the monitoring software her mom has installed on the phone works. Most of the school day, students’ phones stay with their homeroom teachers.

Do you really know what your kid’s doing on that smartphone?

Rich Wistocki, a retired cybercrime detective who now consults with and trains educators, parents, kids and law enforcement on digital safety, demonstrates a parental monitoring app at his webcasting studio in Lockport, Illinois. Wistocki, now head of Be Sure Consulting, says all parents should put monitoring apps on their kids’ phones. The apps allow parents to monitor activity, approve apps and track their kids’ location.

Do you really know what your kid’s doing on that smartphone?

Ewelina Cudzich, 13, checks her phone in her Chicago home. Cudzich, who starts high school this fall, says she understands that parents would want to monitor a phone sometimes but thinks teens should be given more freedom as they prove they can be responsible. “If they’re not independent, how are they going to live in the new world?” she asks.

Do you really know what your kid’s doing on that smartphone?

Rich Wistocki, a recently retired cybercrime detective who started his own consulting company, speaks to students at Nathan Hale Elementary School in Chicago. When asked how many are on social media, most students raised their hands, including those younger than 13, the supposed age limit for social media.
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