This tactic is similar to, the now old fashioned trend, of ‘friending’ your child on Facebook. As tweens and teens leave Facebook in droves you can no longer keep a strategic eye on them from afar in the old way. So new approaches are needed! Kik and iMessage in particular are quite private and cannot be seen publicly. If you have Apple computers, ipods, ipads and or iphones, use the link below to sync your mobile device with your child’s mobile device whenever they download from the iTunes Store. If you have Android devices I am sure there are ways to sync them too – Google it!
The favourite teen means of communication are Kik and Instagram. Both are free but need to be downloaded via iTunes. Once syncing has taken place, you can, if you wish keep an eye on the conversations that are taking place.
I particularly endorse this for Tweens. Many, most unbeknownst to their parents, are on Kik. Many are as young as 8 or 9. These tweens are at the age where they need teaching the most. Many are too polite or too scared to reject unknown people who ask to join up with them on Kik. Some say inappropriate things on Kik to seem cool. Some share personal information, some post photos with location tagging or with information in them that locate the child, some will send pics to those who ask.
Perhaps, as you feel they develop maturity, you can scale back but in the meantime it is a great teaching tool and insurance that they are safe under your watchful eye.