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Best app for tracking kids?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by wintersg3, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. wintersg3

    wintersg3 Member
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    I think Latitude will do for now, however I had another solution suggested that seemed a bit expensive and a bit more than I needed. Has anyone heard of Mobistealth? Not sure if it is for real or not.

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  2. k9cop

    k9cop Newbie

    Verizon has a Family locator as well, but I think it uses VZnavigator, so it wouldn't work on a Droid.

    You could use MyTracks by Google, but of course your child could see it running and turn it off.

    I've installed Mobile Defense, so if I loose my phone I can go to a website and see where my phone is. It doesn't show up in the installed apps, so you can't see that its installed. Of course that doesn't solve your tracking problem. You will just be able to see their current location.
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  3. jradicle11

    jradicle11 That Guy

    You're going to have to have access to his phone anyways to install it, right? How would they not know about it? I know my parents wouldn't be able to access my phone without my permission, being that I have a passcode on it. No, I have nothing to hide. The passcode is more for if I happen to lose my phone or it gets stolen. I'd rather not have people screwing with it.

    And your son sounds very similar to my brother. It seemed like nothing my parents would do worked. Eventually, it came down to sink or swim. Things finally began to change after he ended up tripping on a drug we have yet to find out about sitting in the middle of a highway with his car parked on the shoulder. He ended up with a felony but managed to get it dropped after hours of community service. The cop was nice and didn't give him resisting arrest.

    Anyways, best of luck.

    I guess I'd like to point out that I am 17 as well. If that makes my opinion have less merit, that's for you to decide. I don't think it should.
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  4. k9cop

    k9cop Newbie

    True you will need access to their phone with just about any solution you come up with to install it on their phone.
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  5. brnr17

    brnr17 Android Enthusiast

    nice, take the trust factor out of it before they even get a chance to prove themselves.

    I have not a doubt in my mind that your a good parent. Just to offer a little something though. im 24 so i'm still a "kid" myself in your eyes. But being that age offers the chance to see both sides. I'm young enough to remember what and why i did things and old enough to now understand why my parents did what they did. Although this tracking program will in fact give you the answer to whether he/she is lying or not on where they are or have been, it still won't solve the root cause. IMO all this will do is further break down any trust that may be left and cause yet more acting out. I'm sure your at your witts end and looking to do something and i applaud you for going to such lengths, because i've personally seen parents that havent come close, but i wouldn't rely on a tracking program to be the solution to get things back on the right track. I don't really have any advice on how to handle your situation, i'm just trying to let you know what you might expect to come of using this. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor and hope things work out for the best for you and your family.
  6. alecks2217

    alecks2217 Newbie

    I am not familiar with these types of apps. But it did cross my mind that anything that is constantly running in the background tracking a phone is going to destroy his battery life... and you can't track a phone that's not on. Just something to keep in mind.
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  7. DrScrubs

    DrScrubs Well-Known Member

    Slap the app on when it is bought and before you give it to them. Though with Android it would require for you to sign onto their account first...hmm.
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  8. grainysand

    grainysand Android Expert

    How smart is this kid, anyway? If he is even a bit, he can root and uninstall anything you put on there or just wipe the whole phone and flash a custom ROM, the end.
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  9. jradicle11

    jradicle11 That Guy

    The son already has the phone. It's not like they're going to reward him with a new phone just though they can install a tracking app without his knowledge.
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  10. DrScrubs

    DrScrubs Well-Known Member

    Hm. From reading winters post I didn't see him stating the son already has the phone. He stated that he owns the phone he wants tracked, not the son. But I could have misunderstood.

    In any event, I am not sure if software is the answer anyways. Pretty much any software can be removed if the son knows how to tweak his phone. Hardware is probably the answer if you really want to track someone.

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  11. jradicle11

    jradicle11 That Guy

    He said he wanted to track his son's Droid from his (the father's) Incredible.
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  12. wintersg3

    wintersg3 Member
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    No one said this was a solution to anything. It is a tool no more no less.

    I will have to take my chances with that.

    He is not that technical minded. I wouldn't allow him to root it anyway, not til he can buy his own.

    Your opinion has value, but when you ask for trust after having betrayed that trust many times over, there are strings. Love is unconditional, but trust is not. Especially when you are of an age where you are wanting to drive your parents cars, have them pay for luxuries like a cell phone etc...

    It's not so much about age as it is about being accountable for your actions. I understand the ethical problems some have with this type of thing, but as I see it my only other choices are to lock him up or let him do whatever he wants. Take into consideration that without my intervention he would already be locked in a state facility until he is 18 being raised at state expense. I put conditions on all the privileges that all of my kids get. They are to be earned, continuously, not just given blindly. This is the way the world works. If you want to keep your freedom you need to obey the law, or rules of our society. You break them and those that enforce those laws can put you under surveillance, or lock you away. If I had the resources to do it I'd put an ankle bracelet on him. Is this extreme? Definitely, but that's where things stand. Right now the only way to get him to behave is to create an environment where he can not get away with misbehaving. Not sure if I said before but he is ADHD, ODD, and has other issues to overcome as well. This is not an average situation. He is very much a creature of habit, to the point that if I can get him to create good habits they should carry on through his adult life. Giving him a chance at a productive and enjoyable life.
  13. sezaro21

    sezaro21 Member

    I'm not trying to be a dick or anything but how do we know if this is the real story. This guy could be an obsessed husband or boyfriend trying to track or spy on his wife or girlfriend. We can be helping some complete physco. I'm not saying that is what we are doing but we never know. Anybody can make up some story to get what they want. To the OP, good luck with WHATEVER you are trying to do.
    To the moderators, I think this thread needs to be closed for the possible safety of another person.
  14. jradicle11

    jradicle11 That Guy

    That's a little harsh.
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  15. sezaro21

    sezaro21 Member

    I'm not saying that is the situation, but the truth is we never know. We are here telling soming how to track another persoon location at all times. That is just wrong because we don't honestly know the real deal. We only know what we are being told and people can say anything. Just think about it.
  16. jradicle11

    jradicle11 That Guy

    So if someone asks you for directions somewhere. You're not going to help them because they could have the intent to rob the place, even if you don't know that is their intention? That's pretty faulty logic if you ask me.
  17. Nodders

    Nodders Android Enthusiast

    Way to massively overact sezaro21. Get a grip. There is nothing discussed in this thread that a google session would not reveal.
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  18. wintersg3

    wintersg3 Member
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    When it comes down to it I asked how to track an android phone that I own. If you are going to jump to such conclusions and be so suspicious of my possible motives, then how can you even get online? In any thread on this forum you could be talking to some psycho with nefarious motives. Someone asking about a good app for a ToDo list could just wanting to get organized before committing one crime or another.

    I am really quite shocked at the responses to this thread, many have tried to call me a bad parent, and now you are implying that I'm a Psycho or something. I just can't believe how many people are ready to get on their high horse and make judgments. Is this what this forum is really all about?

    The one thing you are correct about is that you don't know, but this seems to have given you license to assume the worst.
  19. vbetts

    vbetts Android Enthusiast

    I used to have a tracker on my Moment but I can't remember what I used...It was really good too, but try either find my droid or track my droid. Verizon I think has a family location app for the Droid.

    And also, if it's his son that's under 18 that lives in his household, he has every right to track where he's at regardless of any type of situation. Doesn't matter to anyone except the parents if they think it's fair or unfair, he's under their custody. :D
  20. OfTheDamned

    OfTheDamned The Friendly Undead

    I will restate what Anonimac already said. The OP is looking for advice, not judgement about himself, his kid or anything else.

    If you can offer advice with regards to an app, great.

    If you cannot, do not reply in this thread.
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  21. jradicle11

    jradicle11 That Guy

    I asked this earlier and you didn't really answer. Aren't you going to have to get access to his phone to install the application? Wouldn't he know that you are installing the application even if you can find one that'll run without his knowledge?

    Seems like there really isn't a way to track him via an application without his knowledge.

    I think your best bet would be the Family Locator available through Verizon. You should be able to do that one without your son's knowledge. There is a monthly fee of $9.99 but you seem too dedicated for that to hinder your use (that sounded a tad sarcastic, that was not my intention).

    "Peace of mind is right at your fingertips. Securely locate your family members' locations from your Verizon Wireless Device or the web. The locate feature provides you with the information you need to stay aware and stay in touch.
    Provides detailed location information and the address of your family members displayed on an interactive map."

    It can be found here.

    Hope this attempt to get back on topic helped you out.

    Once again, good luck.
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  22. nomarsgirl

    nomarsgirl Android Enthusiast

    Mobile defense won't. It only connects to gps when you are tracking the phone. I installed it on my own phone in case I lose it because it also has a way of locking it out. I get company e-mail on my phone and can't let it fall into just anyone's hands. You would need access to his phone to install it.
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  23. wintersg3

    wintersg3 Member
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    I stated earlier that access to the phone is not a problem, Family Locator would be great, but according to the Verizon website it is not available for smart phones.
  24. jradicle11

    jradicle11 That Guy

    Oh, I'm sorry. That seems a little counterintuitive. All phones should be included in my opinion.

    Downgrade him to a lesser device that is included? :p
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  25. krouget

    krouget Android Enthusiast


    You may want to look into Wavesecure, below.


    It looks like it has the features you're looking for, and also comes with a secondary uninstall protection app, so there is less chance of your son removing it. Though I haven't had to use all of the features (thankfully), what I have used works nicely.

    While you can password protect entry to the application on the device, the downside is that if he gets curious and decides to Google it, he will likely be on to what you're doing...unless someone can chime in with a method for hiding apps from the tray/market, etc.

    The other downside is that they now charge a subscription fee $20/yr.
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