A new app allowing parents to look at their children’s call history, text messages and internet use will soon launch in Australia.

The app, called Teensafe, already claims 1 million users in the US.

But Australian police are warning that while the threat to children from online predators is real, spy apps allowing parents to track their children’s smartphone usage are not a ‘silver bullet’ and could breach trust.

Sydney mother Ana Bruno has a 13-year-old daughter and thinks the app is a wonderful idea.

“At the age of 13 should you have privacy?” Ms Bruno asked the ABC’s 7.30 program.

“There’s too many paedophiles and bad people out there that try to take advantage of girls, and girls this age, that I really don’t think we’re invading their privacy.”

But her daughter, Penelope, sees things differently and thinks parents should not spy on their children.

“I think they should just trust us more rather than get an app to spy on us,” Penelope said.


Conor Duffy and Jessica Mendes

via Police caution parents against using new Teensafe app to spy on children’s smartphone activity by Conor Duffy and Jessica Mendes