Initially, only businesses would use a set of remote monitoring software to track down the activities of employees. Today, it has gone miles and parents are using it to monitor the online activities of their children anywhere, anytime. We take a look at the capabilities of a good remote monitoring program and how it can help parents monitor their kids activities.
Capabilities of a Remote Monitoring Software
Below are some of the reasons why parents should embrace the use free remote monitoring software to monitor their children:
- The program helps you to monitor website usage and this includes the website that your kid visits, time spent, any searches that this kid performs as well as the actual pages visited.
- It can track the usage of emails by revealing the person(s) your child exchanges information with.
- The program records all instant message conversations and this will include time and date as well as the full content.
- It has the capability of logging keystrokes of any application including what was typed by your child.
- Helps you use alert words of your choice to sort data and also take screenshots of all activities that involve alert words.
- Helps you block access to certain inappropriate websites and the block list is updated daily.
Not just about disciplining your kids!
A good thing about remote management software is that once installed, it can monitor several computers or phones all at once, as long as they have internet connection. Most parents are now concerned about “cyberbullying” and if their children are victims of this phenomenon. Worst of all is their likelihood to be involved in drugs due to bad company. Most parents also think that they know their children’s email passwords but not knowing that their kids have other new accounts that they use to do all sorts of things. How do you get to know this? Such a program usually has a keylogger that captures logins, passwords, typing, unsaved documents, unsent mails and all sorts of activities that you can think of.
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Remote Monitoring Software Interface and support
You should note that such a remote monitoring system usually has an easy to use interface and if there are any queries, you can ask questions and get them answered by the provider’s customer support department. For most types in the market, you can customize the program to either the basic or advanced mode. With advanced mode, you should be able to delegate different recording options for the children in different age groups and computer capabilities.
There is the tremendous recording capability of such programs that you should also take advantage of. For instance, the alert word feature helps ease any parental fears about your child because you are allowed to assign words of concern which will be scrutinized by the program through all sorts of communication that your child was engaged in. Once the alert words are found, the program takes a screenshot of the communication in question and sends this as an email to you. The program also comes with a smart camera application which displays anything your child views on their computer which is then saved in a sequential manner.
Now, you might be wondering how do you do all these without your child knowing you are spying on them. The best part about a remote monitoring program is perhaps that it runs invisibly. They will not even know that the system is installed in the first place and there will not be a trace of it in the registry. So don’t worry about “incurring the wrath” of your kids!
Pete Newman is a techie and a doting dad. He fully understands the importance of letting your kids gain knowledge through the internet, but also advises parents to keep a track of their activities. He personally uses webwatcher and advises other parents to do the same. An avid blogger, he discusses issues related to parenting on his blog.