It’s been, basically, 18 years since my wife and I went on a vacation without the kids. That may not seem that unusual to a lot of people, but it might be to some. My oldest daughter Sam is now 17—and we feel she’s now old enough to stay home alone and watch our 14-year old son Steven. See, up until now, we’ve always had one of our parents come and stay with the kids, but this year is different.
My father passed away last year and my mother isn’t doing so well now. She’s in a group home. My in-laws moved down to Florida three years ago and don’t get back up north much. My wife and I haven’t taken many vacations as it is. When we did, we usually went to something kid-friendly or kid-oriented like Great Adventure, Hershey Park, Great Wolf Lodge, or Disney World. I think we’d gone away alone maybe four times over the last decade—and not for more than a night. This year we’re leaving the kids alone and I’m a little worried.
Leaving Sam alone is one thing, but leaving her alone to watch over Steve is another. I know, in my heart, that they will be fine, but there’s always that shred of doubt…. How can I be 100% sure? Well, I asked neighbors to check in a couple of times—so that helps. And my kids both have smartphones to stay in touch. That’s huge too. But I did one extra thing to make sure they are safe—and I didn’t just do it this weekend to watch over them.
I was curious about spying software, asking myself "how do you spy on a cell phone without them knowing?" A year ago, I installed a mobile surveillance app on their phones so that I can make sure they aren’t being preyed on or bullied over the Internet. This remote install cell phone spy software app lets me check their social media activity, texts, SMS messages, calls and more. I can see what pictures and videos they are taking, sending and receiving and even track them via GPS if they wander off. Best of all, I can activate their phone’s camera to snap a picture remotely in order to see if they are okay—and I can even turn their microphone on to listen in on their surroundings. It’s all very cool and it helps me sleep at night.
This weekend, my wife and I are heading to Mohegan Sun. I’ll be sure to use the spy cell phone software app from time to time to make sure that Sam and Steve are safe. Of course, I’ll call and check up on them in person first—I just don’t want to be dialing them every second that I’m worried about them.
You may think it’s overkill or sneaky, but I look at installing a mobile monitoring app as a way to increase my parental zone of protection. It’s a wise decision that I believe every parent should consider. One that may not only save you from a lot of sleepless nights, but actually save your kids’ lives as well.