I took advantage of the free trial and set this up for my daughter’s i Pod touch.
This review doesn’t cover Android; there are differences between the two in terms of what is offered.
And while some phone plans will let you monitor regular “SMS” text messages (sent through cellular service), i Messages are different; they are sent using a Wi Fi connection, not with a cellular connection.
But this article will focus specifically on locking down i OS 9 or later devices.
In the case of school age kids, it could be mom's old i Phone used as an i Pod, or even their own i Pad.
The problem is that other than at best resetting the device prior to giving it to their young child, many don't properly configure the device to protect them from stumbling upon horribly inappropriate content, or worse, making contact with someone they shouldn't. And compounding the problem, no parent thinks (or wants to think) that their child would get into online mischief of this kind.
We'll cover some of the other vectors in future articles.
You need to really understand the problem and challenges prior to locking down the i Phone or i Pad. The Strategy • Embrace the Apple Ecosystem • Don't Trust Third Party Apps • Periodically Check the Device • Sleepovers and Play Dates 3.