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Can parents view their children's text messages?

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With the My Mobile Watchdog app, parents can monitor their children's text messages. They can also track the phone's whereabouts and access information about the call logs.

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Can parents view their children's text messages?
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My Mobile Watchdog is an app available for iPhone, Android or computers. It gives the user access to the child's phone remotely to monitor calls, texts and app use. Its contact list management feature allows the user to mark contacts as "allowed" or "alert" so that if the child calls a restricted contact the parent is notified.

The app also allows the user to restrict phone usage, so during certain times of the day parents can place a restriction that only allows the child to use the phone for emergency purposes. Reviews on Amazon are mostly positive, though one review states that there are some flaws that a resourceful child may exploit. As of 2015, the service costs $44.95 per year. That price covers up to five phones and there is a risk-free two-week trial.

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