In this news segment from New York’s Fox affiliate, correspondent Dan Bowens takes a look at how some modern parents are turning to technology to keep informed and keep their kids safe.
Decades ago, parenting was straightforward, notes Daniel Sherman, a New York-area father of four: “When I was a kid, it was just like, ‘Alright. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t go up to a car if it comes up on the side of the road asking you for directions.'”
Now, with ever-evolving technology and new threats, the messaging has changed. A parent can’t just keep their kids safe by ingraining the idea that strangers are dangerous out in the world. Because the stranger is now in the home, just a click away.
BrickHouse Security CEO Todd Morris is brought in to offer an industry perspective on the practice of parental surveillance, looking specifically at the Cell Phone Spy Stick, a device used to extract information off of mobile devices.
“Text messages, emails, photos, location data; you can also find things that the kids have deleted. So very often they will send a text message and then quickly delete it; this is very common in sexting or cyberbullying,” Morris says.
Looking at a wide range of technology, Bowens also examines hidden cameras, noting that they not only come in multiple form factors and price ranges, but also that they can be streamed remotely by a computer or smartphone.
“When kids become teenagers and they start being home alone without their parents or a nanny, the parents start to worry about drug use or behavioral issues,” Morris adds.
Yet when teens are outside of the home, keeping track of their day-to-day activities can pose a separate challenge. Bowens takes a look at the Spark Nano GPS Tracker, which Morris notes is a great tool to find out for sure if teens are actually going to school when they say they are.
The segment makes clear that parents and guardians need to learn about their options, then decide for themselves whether they’re comfortable using advanced technology to monitor their kids. But, as a father of four notes, “You really never can be too prepared.”