Children and teens may be more vulnerable than ever when it comes to online predators, sexting or cyber bullying, but some parents are turning to parental spyware to monitor their child's every online move in an effort to intervene any potential danger.
According to the Pew Research Center, 88 percent of teens use social media and 72 percent of parents are concerned about how their teens interact online with people they don't know.
Now parents are deciding whether its their job to monitor what their child does online by secretly spying on each text, email or Facebook post.
"It's tough because kids have access on their phone, they have all the iPads, so they can be anywhere but it's really up to the parents to pay attention," said Det. Sgt. Dan Duley of the Antigo Police Department.
Online software designed for parents to spy on their kids' online activity isn't new, but as more teens are using social media and smart phones, they may be more vulnerable than ever.
Parental software and applications are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. Det. Sgt. Duley says he's run into several parents who've bought them.
"I think they're a great idea. You kind of have to pick and choose your battles on what you see and what you're gonna do with it, but I think they're great to be able to monitor what your kids are up to."
Others aren't so sure spying on your kids is a good foundation to build trust. Some parenting experts say doing so could backfire and that open communication is key.
Whether you install spying software or talk to your kids about online dangers, in today's cyber world it's crucial you pay attention.
"They're a child and you're responsible for them so I think the parents need to do that just to protect their children."
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