TeenSafe, creator of an advanced iPhone and Android monitoring software, announced today the importance for parents across the nation to become aware of their children’s social lives, teaching them responsibility and potential dangers around sexual communication on their smartphones. Developed to give parents a window into their child’s life, TeenSafe allows parents the ability to monitor their child’s iPhone or Android activity (text messages, deleted text messages, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, location, web browsing history, contacts and call logs). Studies show that teens that send more than 100 texts a day are more likely to be sexually active, while those who reported receiving a sext were six times more likely to also report being sexually active.
“With clear links between sexting and unhealthy behavior, one of TeenSafe’s largest goals is to help parents become aware of the communication that needs to happen with our children about sending and receiving sexually suggestive texts or photos,” said Ameeta Jain, co-founder and spokesperson of TeenSafe. “Young teens involved heavily in social media and texting are being faced with difficult propositions that we as parents need to be aware of and act on as teachers and protectors of our children. It is our responsibility to know what is going on in their lives, teaching them that the morals and values we show them at home must transcend into their social and digital lives.”
Children are getting smartphones at younger and younger ages, often without any guidelines or boundaries. Because of curiosity and peer pressure, teens often succumb to sending suggestive pictures to others with 20 to 30 percent of adolescents involving themselves in this behavior. TeenSafe believes that parents who are aware of the emotional and legal ramifications of this risky behavior are able to open lines of communication with their children, talking to them about how to stay true to their morals, values and beliefs when faced with challenging circumstances. TeenSafe encourages parents to know what their children are doing on social media and their smartphones, keeping lines of communication open in a loving environment.
“It is my firm belief that all issues such as sexting are best handled when there is healthy communication between teens and their parents. I can't emphasize enough that it is never too late to have better communication with your children at any age. Young people need to know from you that it is okay to have desires and feelings, but they also need to learn from you how to deal with those feelings in a healthy way and not in an impulsive manner, such as through sexting,” said Tina Sustaeta, Licensed Professional Counselor and Family Therapist. “In my experience as a therapist, teens report to me that they want to have better communication with their parents, and they want information from their parents. I believe TeenSafe is an important tool to assist in this,” she continued.
Founded in 2011 and based in Costa Mesa, Calif., TeenSafe developed the world’s first iPhone monitoring solution that works without modifying your child’s phone, allowing parents to monitor their children’s text messages, location, web browsing history, contacts and call logs. Over 250,000 parents have signed up for TeenSafe since inception and their web-based software solution provides parents easy and secure access to their children’s social interactions via an online TeenSafe account. TeenSafe has created a parental advice blog called Teenology.com which gives tips, guidelines and personal testimonials in order to support and help parents of teens in today’s technology-filled world. For more information about TeenSafe, please visit www.teensafe.com. Like TeenSafe on Facebook.com/teensafe and follow them on twitter.com/TeenSafeCom .
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