The potential for young people to use their smartphones to record and even distribute sexually explicit or graphic content is troubling for parents. There is even a word for it, "sexting," and it is a dangerous phenomenon. A recent FBI study reveals that 20 percent of teenagers with online access have sent or exchanged nude photos of themselves. The consequences of this type of unchecked online behavior are serious -- such sexually suggestive material can be easily exchanged with others or, worse, posted on adult-oriented websites. Parents must be made aware of what their children are doing, or are capable of doing, with the most up-to-date personal communication technology. They must also be made aware of how vulnerable their children are to online predators, and even their peers.
Smart Shepherd allows a parent to monitor all real-time phone activity on their child's phone from their own smartphone, including incoming and outgoing calls, text messages, emails, social media activity, pictures and videos viewed, and all Internet activity. Smart Shepherd also provides a Panic Button, a unique feature installed on the child's phone that automatically sends a text notifying the parents of an emergency situation. The feature also provides a map to the child's location while simultaneously taking photos of the area and uploading them to the parent's portal.
"Entire lives of these children are playing out on these little phones that parents know little about," Davis says. "Who they like, who likes them, a first kiss, and unfortunately worse things like pictures of body parts, cyberbullying and stuff quite candidly that every parent would want to know about, and stop."
Smart Shepherd offers affordable and robust protection, security and vigilance for their children engaged online. It's an added measure of trust for parents who want and demand a safeguard against a voyeuristic online environment.
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