We often hear about the rise in teen bullying, and the growing risk that the internet is exposing them to. but just try searching the web for a solution to this problem and see what you find.

We’re caught up in the comments: blaming school boards, parents, and today’s society. It’s hard to sift through the cloud of blame to find a fix, it’s even harder to believe that there is a fix.

But there are tools which can help us keep tabs on our teens and better ensure their safety. One solution is to place an app on the very thing that’s always by their side, the thing that’s often times leading them into trouble in the first place, their smartphone.

So to help you on your quest for improving the safety and well-being of your child, we’ve compiled, in no particular order, 6 of our favorite apps for doing the job.

1) Family Tracker

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Family Tracker is a GPS tracking application that tracks the location of Android phones, tablets, and Apple phones, as well as send free text messages between them. The app is limited though in that it only captures the phone’s gps location, and is a visible app that can’t be hidden.

2) iEmergency

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iEmergency advertises itself as a crisis management app which lets you quickly send an SOS to up to 4 people on a specified list.

3) Sex Offenders Search 

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This app is unique in that you install it onto your own phone. The Sex Offenders Search app connects you to the National Sex Offender Registry to locate registered sex offenders and predators in your area.

4) FlexiSPY

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Warning, shameless plug incoming! But really, One of the best ways to keep your teen safe is to have a good hold on all aspects of their online life. FlexiSPY is available on Android and iPhone devices, AND taps into the most important areas of your teens life.

Their GPS location is tracked, as well as IM’s like Facebook, WhatsApp, KiK, and more. Images and videos are captured, and calls are recorded. There’s even an option to make the app invisible, that way your teen doesn’t spoil your monitoring efforts by deleting the app.

5) SecuraFone

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Ever curious about whether or not your teen is obeying the speed limit? SecuraFone is an iPhone app that you install onto your teens phone. It then activates the phone’s GPS and attempts to calculate the speed that they are driving based on the movement of their gps. While not 100% accurate, it’s still a useful app to have in your toolbox.

6) Life360 Locator

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Last but not least, Family Locator by Life360 promises that it’s the most accurate family locator on the market. With this app you can create “groups” of your loved ones, and monitor their GPS locations + send them messages through the app which must be installed on everyone’s phone.

Wrapping it up

By now you should have the perfect toolset for keeping your teens safe, from offline and online dangers.

Of course, These are just a our favorite apps out there that get the job done. Do you have any others to add? Let us know in the comments!