Detective Inspector Jon Rouse from Taskforce Argos said parents should learn about the social media their children were using, and communicate the risks to them."Surely as a parent, your role is to engage with your child and have a loving, caring, trusting — and the key word there is trust — relationship with your child," Detective Inspector Rouse said."Immediately you embark on this kind of a path and it breaches that trust, and I think it would take a certain kind of relationship with a child where you would be resorting to this as the solution."Detective Inspector Rouse knows the dangers of the online world better than most, and he briefly used a similar app to monitor his daughter's phone."I felt so incredibly uncomfortable after that, that I deleted the app, for a start," he said."But I was also privy to a conversation between her and her friend that amounted to a level of bullying and I could see in her behaviour after the communication that it had affected her, and I knew why because I was privy to it."But I felt so terrible about doing that, that I would never, never betray her trust like that again."Detective Inspector Rouse also said teenagers could avoid the app by using another phone.
Teensafe's chief executive Rawdon Messenger is in Australia to promote the app."It's about open communication.
We promote that the parents should tell the child and if you're not going to tell them, which is not necessarily the case, then you need to use it in a very careful way," he said.
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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?Lowdown: This is the app to satisfy all your kinks and fetishes.Getting beyond the small talk it gets down to the nitty-gritty of what you want, what you really, really want.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.Once you’ve matched, how things proceed is up to you.