Parents Warned Of Ways Teens Hide Cell Phone Activity


UPDATED: Monday November 11, 2013 6:36 PM

Parents are monitoring their kids online more closely, but teens are finding new ways to hide their activity from their parents.

“Most of the stuff I post is just to get a laugh out of it,” said 15-year-old Grant Frisky.

Navigating a digitally traceable world these days is no joke.

Scott Frisky has two teens, Madison, 13, and Grant, 15, and he says he tries to stay tapped in anywhere that they are.

“If you ask any parent today with teenagers, it’s a major issue,” said Frisky.

 “Sometimes we find it a little odd, like who he’s following that we’re like barely friends with this person and he’s following them,” said Madison.

 “If they have a twitter, I have a twitter. If they have an Instagram I have an Instagram. They don’t have Facebook that I know of, they might,” added Frisky.

A recent survey shows that more than 70 percent of kids have tricks to hide their online habits.

The most popular way is simply by clearing their browser history.

 “If someone used foul language on one of my pictures or something I would probably delete that," admitted Grant.

But that’s just deleting a post. Grant says he has nothing to hide on his social media accounts. Many kids do, and there is no shortage of ways to keep things hidden.

The app ‘Vaulty’ will hide photos and videos in a password protected folder, and ‘Personal’ will lock your most sensitive data in a vault.

You can make email, Facebook or any setting vanish from your phone with ‘Applock’ and ‘Hide It Pro’ is disguised as an Audio Manager, but if you hold down the icon, the app launches to a
secret screen.

“I’m sure they hide some stuff, I mean, all kids do. Hopefully it’s nothing too drastic,” said Frisky.

Parents who suspect their kids of using masking tools should learn for themselves what’s available and how to use them.

For Frisky, that’s a little too close to a line he doesn’t want to cross.

“I don’t want to spy on them”, Frisky says. “I don’t want them to think I’m spying on them. I’d rather say here are some good decisions, these may not be such good decisions”.

Madison learned the hard way after one bad decision on Twitter and had to delete her whole account.  

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