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warriorwritergirl77This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. posted this thread...
Dec. 20, 2016 at 8:37 am

Okay so warning to all you guys out there: Verizon has recently released FamilyBase, a way for parents to spy on their child's phone. And when I mean spy, I mean monitor, control, everything. They know who and when your texting, what apps you download and use, how much you use them. If your messages are multimedia ones. They can also limit your phone usage and lock your phone. Okay so I'm sure that some children might need this kind of monitoring but I'm an 18 year old in college. Also, I'm a very responsible person and I just feel so uncomfortable with this huge breach of privacy. If I am to be an adult, I feel like my mom should trust me. What do you guys think? Is this too far?

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Dec. 20, 2016 at 9:22 am

While it's a parent's right to check it, it really feels to the child like you don't trust them and that you're just waiting for them to do something wrong. If your child isn't trustworthy, then just don't get them a phone.

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stuntddude replied...
Dec. 20, 2016 at 11:29 pm

With a computer and the right technical know-how, there are plenty of ways to get rid of that kind of spyware. Each probably comes with its own downsides, but it may be worth looking into. That's assuming you have an Android phone. If you have an iPhone, you may be out of luck.

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Dec. 21, 2016 at 9:21 am

I do have an Android.

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Mr.packerbear12This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Jan. 24 at 4:25 pm

This type of thing has been around awhile just not with apps. It can be good, for instance, when I first met my girlfriend she had been hurt by many guys in the past so she wanted her dad to see the text messages between us(I didn't know it at the time of course) to make sure I'm a good guy and she wasn't gonna get hurt again. They then turned off the parent thing once they trusted me. So in some ways it's good. But if I knew my parents were monitoring my every message I would never be myself when talking to friends and stuff.

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Feb. 2 at 9:38 pm

Yea, I don't think my parents are monitoring my phone like that, at least I hope not, but I recently discovered that my parents were tracking my phone- they knew where I was at all times. The good thing is that they won't admit it so we're in a stalemate as far as me getting in trouble for being where I shouldn't be at 1:00 in the morning goes.

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CallMeAria replied...
Apr. 16 at 10:57 pm

If you don't have a good enough parent-child relationship that allows your child to be open and honest with you, and you need this type of software, then you have bigger issues. That being said, if I had a child that was 14 or 15 years old (or younger) and I was worried about their activites on their cellphone, I would do this. I wish my parents had done this when I was younger, cause there are some real big creepers. 

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stuntddude replied...
Apr. 19 at 1:49 am

"I wish my parents had done this when I was younger, cause there are some real big creepers."
 
Like people who think they have to keep you under lock and key 24/7 and closely monitor everything you ever do? Those kinds of creepers?

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Toxophirefighter replied...
Apr. 20 at 12:09 am

Right on 'stuntddude'!!!

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thewarrior77This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
May 3 at 11:38 am

My mother finally stopped paying for this feature...also realized it was useless since im a good kid and I'm like 18...

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