(NBC NEWS) - Should parents be using technology to keep tabs on their children?
Well, these days, a number of apps are doing just that, including the "bSafe" Smartphone app that helps parents keep track of their kids.
They may be young, but in a few years these kids will be asking for Smartphones. And that's not something these parents like to think about.
"They're able to connect with more people without you knowing, and that's scary."
And since phones will end up in younger and younger hands, developers are looking for ways to keep parents happy.
It's a loud noise, for a problem that's getting our attention.
"bSafe," a Smartphone app that helps parents track their kids, think of it as high tech piece of mind.
"They have an SOS alarm, and a follow me service, to ask mom and dad to walk them somewhere for example, school, and check in to let parents know where they are,” said Silje Vallestad of bSafe.
bSafe is a growing startup getting a lot of attention from the security business, which, in this era of mobile devices in everyone's hands, is getting more important by the day.
"If your child is downloading a new app, or someone enters their network, you can see it, you have the ability to block that app,” Vallestad continued.
"there's some concerns about trust with your kids, if you're doing that. But on the other hand there are safety issues as well, ESET Security expert Stephen Cobb said.
Stephen Cobb is chief security researcher with ESET, he says more and more parents are looking for ways to keep track of their kid’s online activities.
Cobb continued, "I think a lot of parents are now getting more savvy about monitoring what their kids are doing on the internet, whether it's from a laptop or from a Smartphone, but they need to keep in touch."
"to help you track your children and be sure they are safe and using their phone appropriately."
You can understand why a parent would like to know where their children are, but it takes more than an app to keep a child safe.
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