Signs that Your Child Is Keeping a Secret on Their Phone
You might recall what it was like to be a kid once. You probably kept a couple secrets from your own parents, so naturally your kids are probably keeping a few secrets from you. However, in this modern age where everyone has a cell phone and spends almost all day connected, they probably have a few more secrets than you are comfortable with. So what could your child be hiding?
Signs Your Child Is Hiding Something
There are a few very obvious red flag behaviors that your child is hiding something on their phone from you. Typically this might be the usual teen stuff that includes talking about teachers or their other friends, maybe even complaining about you, and that's fine. However, it could also be something a little more dangerous, so if you notice these red flags frequently going off, it might be worth looking into.
- Turning off a device or screen hiding when you enter a room
- Password protecting their device and not turning over their passwords to you
- Sudden increase in app use
- Frequently cleared history
- Suspicious apps
All of these, especially when they happen together means that you need to do a little investigation to their phone. Unfortunately, there are precautions that a teen can take for that too. This is why, as a parent, you need to stay well-versed in new apps, particular ones that allow for secret messaging or other app hiding.
Detecting Apps that Hide Other Apps
If you are going through your child's app list and you find a lot of blank spaces, that mean your child deletes a lot of apps, or it could mean they are using a program to hid them. Currently, there are three programs that hide other apps that you need to look out for.
Although no longer on the market, you can still get your hands on Poof and use it to great effect. This allows people with apps they don't want others to see to make them disappear, hiding them from the list until you open the Poof app.
This app lets smart phone users create a password-protected vault to store their apps that they don't want others to see. They can also use it to store photos and videos. So if you see this app, your child is hiding something. However, don't try to open it, putting in a wrong password takes a picture of the guilty party.
Hide It Pro
This is similar to Vaulty, except it goes the extra mile of hiding itself as an "Audio Manager" app on their phone. Pressing and holding the app will instead reveal a lock screen that hides messages, photos, and other apps.
How to Approach Kids with Something to Hide
It is natural to hide things from your parents, but when your children are going to great lengths to do so at every opportunity, it is time to investigate to make sure they aren't doing something dangerous. However, being rebellious children that they are, you won't get that phone without a fight, but you know what? You pay the phone bill. They don't.
Phones are a nice luxury, but still not a necessity. If they don't want to hand over their passwords right when you want them, they don't get to have a phone. Don't even let them consider it either because if they walk away for even one minute, they will empty their vault app, clear their history, and then gladly give you the password.
Be firm and strike when they least expect it. It won't seem fair to them, but at least you will know what they have been up to. After you find out, adjust your parental lecture to make sure what they are doing is dangerous, inappropriate, or otherwise bad to hopefully stop it from going on.