- Recently we have seen significantly higher risks of kids being targeted by predators, drug dealers, etc. via social media and online chats, especially Snapchat and Instagram.
- We believe parents should be alerted to any potential risks faced by their children, by using tools such as MMGuardian.
- MMGuardian offers the most comprehensive monitoring of Android and iPhone smartphones, including texts, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Tiktok and other popular chat apps.
- As of December 15, 2021, MMGuardian apps alerted parents 136,827 times about suspected child predators and grooming.
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Most children hate having any sort of parental controls installed on their phone. They understandably view it as a violation of their privacy, and they are confident that they could never be tricked by an online predator. However, a recent story is one of countless examples that any child can be manipulated.
A 14 year old named Jose Nunez was recently lured from home by a man named Diante Willoughby after speaking with him for months on Snapchat. After finally meeting in person, Willoughby allegedly strangled the teen to death. Police have retrieved Nunez’s body and arrested Willoughby. You can read more about the story here.
Nunez was reportedly a typical teenager who liked video games, basketball, and snakes. There are not yet any details on the methods the predator used to manipulate and lure him, but this demonstrates how vital it is for parents to have discussions about predators with their children. Kids may scoff and insist it could never happen to them, but if they are targeted by a predator, the prior warnings could be the difference between their defenses being raised or them being successfully manipulated. To read our in-depth article about online predators, click here.
Parents should also use technology to protect their children from predators. MMGuardian is a parental control app that uses artificial intelligence to alert parents about predator activity on their child’s phone. It also offers alerts for other concerning categories such as suicidal thoughts, drugs, violence, sexting, inappropriate pictures, etc. MMGuardian additionally offers an expansive set of parental controls that allow parents to be as hands on or off as necessary including text message reporting, app blocking, screen locking, contact blocking, web filtering, and more.
Consider also joining our Facebook group “Tech-Savvy Parenting” to discuss raising kids in the 21st century with other parents.