3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

mobilecam   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]Giving your kids a mobile phone or a smartphone can be a slightly unnerving experience. You can’t be certain whether they’ll accidentally rack up your bill with messaging charges or data overages. Some parents try to avoid buying a mobile device for their kids for as long as possible. However, there are some highly valuable advantages to your child carrying around a mobile phone, especially a phone running the Android operating system.

When you search through the Android market, you’ll discover a number of very useful surveillance apps. There are three in particular that are especially useful for parents that would like to keep a close eye on their kids to ensure their safety.


Imagine being able to check in at the house while you’re away from home, just to make sure the kids are okay. Wouldn’t it be useful to peek in to make sure that the babysitter is doing his or her job? What about listening in while your teen is at a party? Surveillance can really put your mind at ease.

The following three mobile surveillance apps for the Android will help make sure your kids are safe even when you can’t be with them.

Use M-Spy to Listen In

Have you ever heard those urban legends that the CIA or NSA can connect to any cellphone in the world and hear what’s going on in the room? Well, with M-Spy from the Android Market, you can do that too. After you download and install M-Spy to your phone, all you have to do is set up a PIN number, and the phone is immediately enabled to act as your own personal audio bug no matter where it is.

mspy1   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

This is one of the easiest surveillance apps that you’ll ever use. Once M-Spy is running on the Android phone, all you have to do is leave it wherever it will have good coverage of a room. If you ever want to listen in, all you have to do is send the phone an SMS message with the PIN number and the phone number for it to call.

If you text “5555 call 16035551212″, the system will call the Android phone without ringing it, and then it will call the phone number you’ve entered in the message. When you pick up the phone at that number, you’ll hear everything that’s going on at the other end. Here’s the SMS calling my own Android phone without ringing it.

mspy2   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

Get it by scanning this QR code with your Android phone’s camera.

chart   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

Use the Android as an IP Webcam

While audio is useful, it would be even more useful if you could position your Android phone to monitor your home while your kids are being cared for or home alone. Using the IP Webcam app on the Android Market, you can transform your Android into an IP webcam. Setup is a cinch. All you have to do is run the software!

ipcam4   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

When the software is running, it immediately starts transmitting. If you want to see your new Android webcam server, just open up a browser and type in the IP address listed at the bottom of the setup page. To access from outside your home network, configure port forwarding on your router.

ipcam3   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

As you can see, you have lots of options to view your Android webcam. Click any of the options, and you’ll have a clear view to everything your phone can see from wherever you placed it. Here’s my phone spying on my Pug as she sleeps in the living room.

icam4   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

Get it by scanning this QR code with your Android phone’s camera.

chart1   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

Remotely Sense Motion, Movement or Sound

One of the most advanced remote surveillance apps is RL Watcher. This application lets you enable your phone to remotely sense movement, sound or even just the slightest motion of your phone.

rlwatch1A   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

Each remote sensor can be individually enabled so that you can receive a notification any time each sensor is tripped. Notifications of any activity can be via SMS, e-mail or by phone. For example, you can set the phone up so that if it moves, it’ll call you at any phone number and you can listen in to whatever is going on where the phone is situated.

Did you ban your teen from using their car? Put your Android phone in the car while you’re at work, and it’ll call you if the car starts moving. Put it in an empty room, and it’ll email you when there’s movement in the room. The possibilities are endless.

rlwatch3   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

You can set up the phone to capture screen shots, video or sound whenever it’s triggered by one of the sensors. Here, I’ve set up the phone to sense motion. It sends you an alert when the sensor gets triggered and it’ll even attach the snapshots.

surveillance   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

This is probably one of the most flexible and feature-filled surveillance apps that can really help with any of your remote parenting needs. Monitor your new teen driver or make sure your kids aren’t throwing a party while you’re away from home – your remote Android surveillance unit can really set your mind at ease when you’re a parent.

Get it by scanning this QR code with your Android phone’s camera.

chart2   3 Most Effective Cell Phone Surveillance Apps to Monitor Your Kids [Android]

Can you think of any other useful ways to use these awesome surveillance apps? Share your ideas or other useful apps in the comments section below.

Image credit: peterfeije

Check out more about:

The comments were closed because the article is more than 180 days old.

If you have any questions related to what's mentioned in the article or need help with any computer issue, ask it on MakeUseOf Answers—We and our community will be more than happy to help.

21 Comments -

Eric

I’m sorry, but parents need to learn to let go. Your kid is never going to grow up if you are watching them all the time. Do you really want your kid to think that you can hear anything they say at any time? You’re going to drive your kid to paranoia thinking that there is always someone watching their every move. Yes kids will do stupid things and get in trouble, but that is all part of growing up. You learn a lot from your mistakes; kids need to make mistakes and do stupid things. They need to learn why they should and should not do things beyond just “My parents are watching my every move and I’ll get in trouble.”

If you think the only thing keep your kid safe is your ability to keep them under constant surveillance then how do you expect them to function as an adult? And one thing that I’ve noticed from my experience as a teen is that the less the parents trust the kid, the less the kid respects the parents.

Eric

I’m sorry, but parents need to learn to let go. Your kid is never going to grow up if you are watching them all the time. Do you really want your kid to think that you can hear anything they say at any time? You’re going to drive your kid to paranoia thinking that there is always someone watching their every move. Yes kids will do stupid things and get in trouble, but that is all part of growing up. You learn a lot from your mistakes; kids need to make mistakes and do stupid things. They need to learn why they should and should not do things beyond just “My parents are watching my every move and I’ll get in trouble.”

If you think the only thing keep your kid safe is your ability to keep them under constant surveillance then how do you expect them to function as an adult? And one thing that I’ve noticed from my experience as a teen is that the less the parents trust the kid, the less the kid respects the parents.

TLW

Ryan, is there anything like these apps for the iPhone. I’ve looked and man, I can’t one.

Ryan Dube

Eric – you make an excellent point. On the flip side, instead of using the surveillance as a “watch out because I’m watching you” tactic, it could be used as a way to keep kids (such as teens) honest.

Letting your kids make their own mistakes is well and good, and trusting that they’re telling you the truth and giving them freedom is also good. However, there’s also something to be said for catching your teen in a lie (because we all know they eventually choose to lie to you to test the limits) – and showing them the ramifications of lying to you, is an important part of establishing a healthy level of discipline and laying down the point early on that you are not the type of parent that is clueless and can be steamrolled.

With that said – there are parents out there that believe in extreme leniency, and others that believe it’s best to be extremely strict. I personally believe in a little of both (provide plenty of rope and hope you’ve taught them well enough in the early years not to hang themselves) – but every parent believes their way is the right way!

With all that aside, the apps are pretty useful for a multitude of purposes. :-)

Ryan Dube

Hi TLW – I’m not sure. I have a colleague here at MUO that said he looked and couldn’t find any for the iPhone either.

Ryan Dube

Eric – you make an excellent point. On the flip side, instead of using the surveillance as a “watch out because I’m watching you” tactic, it could be used as a way to keep kids (such as teens) honest.

Letting your kids make their own mistakes is well and good, and trusting that they’re telling you the truth and giving them freedom is also good. However, there’s also something to be said for catching your teen in a lie (because we all know they eventually choose to lie to you to test the limits) – and showing them the ramifications of lying to you, is an important part of establishing a healthy level of discipline and laying down the point early on that you are not the type of parent that is clueless and can be steamrolled.

With that said – there are parents out there that believe in extreme leniency, and others that believe it’s best to be extremely strict. I personally believe in a little of both (provide plenty of rope and hope you’ve taught them well enough in the early years not to hang themselves) – but every parent believes their way is the right way!

With all that aside, the apps are pretty useful for a multitude of purposes. :-)

Danny Wilkins54

hmm…this is creepy

TLW

Ryan, I located two. The first is “Night Recorder”. They slipped it by Apple by listing it as a health app. Lol. It’s noise activated and works great. The second is “Security Cam”. It was developed by Crowded Road. They have a couple handy apps. I’ll skip telling you what I did with the use of these Apps. Use your imagination and factor in my Grand Daughter :)

P.S. I’m so pleased the link to your name brings me to the articles you’ve written. I was dreading trying to locate this article :)

TLW

Ryan, I located two. The first is “Night Recorder”. They slipped it by Apple by listing it as a health app. Lol. It’s noise activated and works great. The second is “Security Cam”. It was developed by Crowded Road. They have a couple handy apps. I’ll skip telling you what I did with the use of these Apps. Use your imagination and factor in my Grand Daughter :)

P.S. I’m so pleased the link to your name brings me to the articles you’ve written. I was dreading trying to locate this article :)

Terry

“I found something you might want to try. These are the Smartphone’s that is very useful in giving safety and protection of your kids and family.
Just try to visit this Site and see how it works: http://safekidzone.com/

Terry

“I found something you might want to try. These are the Smartphone’s that is very useful in giving safety and protection of your kids and family.
Just try to visit this Site and see how it works: http://safekidzone.com/

King

I can say that my Just5 phone is really effective in answering my kids’ needs when it comes to safety. One time I went to work and my daughter is in her swimming lessons when I received a message saying she is having an emergency. The automatic voice call of her Just5 phone enabled me to talk to her. She had an accident and is currently inside the school clinic. Just5 phone really works well. Check http://www.just5.com for details.

King

I can say that my Just5 phone is really effective in answering my kids’ needs when it comes to safety. One time I went to work and my daughter is in her swimming lessons when I received a message saying she is having an emergency. The automatic voice call of her Just5 phone enabled me to talk to her. She had an accident and is currently inside the school clinic. Just5 phone really works well. Check http://www.just5.com for details.

Mark

With all these surveillance apps your going to need a fair amount of power. We have you covered, Check out our site: http://www.thebatteryonline.com , We do stock batteries for this phone.

Sunsetwebproject

Kids also need space and freedom to grow and evolve, as well as privacy and boundaries. Understandably, there are advantages, and sometimes the need, to know if you can trust a sitter or another person. These apps are advertised for “parents”, but they attract a lot of creepy motives and behaviors. We need an equal amount of attention to detecting these devices illegally used by undignified losers. The public, not just web savvy developers and tweeters, but people of all walks should know how easy it is to violate their privacy and more….and measures need to be readily available for adults to enforce not only their personal boundaries, but their legal rights when casually violated by the type of people who would do so. I happen to be related to someone like that…unfortunately. It’s disgusting.

Sunsetwebproject

Oh, and how will you like it when your tech savvy teenager turns the application on you. I’ll bet you won’t be so happy you brought in the house in the first place. Good luck explaining why you think it’s okay for you to spy on him, but are really, really upset when you find out it is happening to you. You get what you give. What comes around, will go around. Good luck.