Sometimes a parent feels they need to check up on their kids, even though they know their kids want to be trusted. Nothing can break the bond of trust more quickly between a parent and a child than the child finding out their parent spied on them by, say, reading their diary.
Prying into a child’s privacy tells that child that you don’t trust them…particularly if the child has done nothing wrong.
But, just because a parent shouldn’t spy on their kids as a matter of course, that doesn’t mean that sometimes a parent doesn’t have to.
If you have reason to believe your kids might be doing something inappropriate or are concerned about them, you may feel you have to monitor their online behavior. If this is the case, knowing how to discreetly monitor your kid’s email may protect them both from what you’re worried about as well as their finding out what you’re doing.
While there are ways to discreetly monitor email without using 3rd party software, most parents won’t know how to do it. As a result, using parental control software that includes the ability to monitor email is the way to go.
There are numerous programs out there that allow parents to record everything your kids are doing online. Some programs, like eBlaster from SpectorSoft even notify parents right away by email with an exact copy of emails or instant messages so that parents know, practically in real time, what their kids are doing.
Keep in mind, though, that some programs are more “discreet” than others. As a result, you need to look for invisible – or ghost – key logging as well as making sure whatever program you choose offers a stealth mode. You should also consider remote monitoring. A good application that offers both a stealth mode feature and a remote monitoring feature is WebWatcher from AwarenessTech.
Not only that, but for those programs that send out instant emails, you definitely want to make sure that your kid doesn’t see that emails are being sent out. Otherwise you aren’t discreetly monitoring anything.