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Why Monitor Kids’ Texting?

Modern kids and teens are almost inseparable with all kinds of gadgets. And smartphones lead the charge here. According to AT&T study, children are 12 years old on average when they get their first mobile device with one in five of them receiving the phone at the age of 8. Another research by McAfee revealed that kids spend up to 7 hours a day on the screen with a smartphone being the major device to go online and communicate with peers.

Taking into consideration these figures, limiting kids’ screen time and protecting them from apparent and hidden digital dangers have become a powerful trend lately. The three priority areas within this framework are ensuring online safety, ability to locate a handheld device via GPS, and control over texting interactions (including a stack of keywords to block). While the first two appear obvious, the latter is often underestimated. And how wrong it is! The thing is texting is the most popular way to communicate among teens.

teens (13 to 17 years old) say texting is their number one form of interaction with friends while calls are reserved for reaching out to the family members. Surprisingly, boys text almost as often as girls, but they rarely use apps for that.
teens text with friends every day while less than 20% make calls and talk on the phone. 30 messages per day – that’s how many texts sends a typical teen per day. For the girls 15-17 years old this number jumps up to 50 messages.
1 in 5
teens is a victim of a text bully. Today bullying via text messages prevails over the traditional bullying. The problem is especially severe among girls. Because texts are harder to look over, in most cases parents stay unaware of the issue.

The other side of the coin involves sexting, which is sending sexually suggestive or abusing messages. A pallid statistics reveals the shocking number of 40% of teenagers who have sent sexts. Furthermore, 15% of teens sent their nude or semi-nude images to people they encountered and only interacted online. No wonder, parents rack their brains trying to figure out how to protect their children from perils that an uncontrolled texting may carry.

There are several steps a concerned parent should take to prevent kids’ digital misbehavior and resultant wrongdoings. First and foremost, talk to children about the threats like cyberbullying, online predators, identity theft, etc. Then, if you choose to monitor their mobile device, explain to them that you’re doing it not to control but to protect them, and agree on terms of monitoring. As to texting, modern parental control apps allow for tracking all messages and even blocking keywords to prevent kids from seeing inappropriate texts. Read on to know more about this useful feature.

How Keyword Blocking Works in Pumpic

Pumpic is a parental monitoring app available for iOS and Android devices. It has a built-in word blocking functionality to filter out SMS with the content you don’t want your child to see. The system is dead simple to work with: you just add terms or phrases to the keyword list to block. The app scans every received SMS, and if the match is found, the message is not shown to your kid. At the same time, you can view the text and the sender details it in the Control Panel.

Here are several most commonly used slang words, phrases, codes, and abbreviations that children operate when trying to keep the sense of the message secret:

Sexting and Dating Terms
  • GNOC – Get Naked on Cam (webcam)
  • WTTP - Want to trade pictures?
  • NIFOC – Naked in Front of Computer
  • TDTM – Talk Dirty To Me
  • Sugarpic – Sexy picture
  • ASLP - Age, sex, location, picture
  • LHS – Let's Have Sex
  • (L)MIRL – (Lets) Meet in Real Life
  • CU46 – See You for Sex

Block messages by keywords
Obscene and Drugs Terms
  • 4Q – F*** You
  • WTF – What the F*ck?
  • FML – F*ck My Life
  • PITA – Pain in the A*s
  • SOL – Sh** Out of Luck
  • DOC - Drug of Choice
  • 420, Aunt Mary, chira, Mary Jane - marijuana
  • A, black star, Elvis, pink robots, 25 - LSD
  • C, candy, happy dust, mojo, snow - cocaine

Note that this is just a very small part of teens’ conspiratorial language they use to hide the actual meaning of the conversation. Remember that teenagers are skilled texters, and they’ve mastered their talent to perfection. We advise you to visit our Glossary of Internet Terms to educate yourself on this matter. Thus, you will be able to decipher almost any coded message and fine-tune Pumpic keyword blocker properly.

With Pumpic, It’s Easy to:

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Control text messaging

  • View all SMS, even deleted ones
  • Block SMS by keywords
  • Monitor Internet chats

Control device remotely

  • Manipulate and block apps
  • Lock the entire device
  • View calls, multimedia and browsing history
remote mobile monitoring

Locate device instantly

  • Track current location
  • Check routes logs
  • Set up geofences for safe areas

Pumpic Extended Functionality Keeps It on Guard for Your Kids

In today’s tech era, parents must take care of their kids’ protection not only from the dangers of the real world but also from hazards that originate from the digital sphere. Pumpic is a one-stop solution to deal with multiple perils that lie in wait for inexperienced gadget and Internet users. Its 24 superb monitoring features make Pumpic a reliable guardian for your child that lends you a helping hand when you wish to ensure all-round protection for the most precious thing you have in life. Check the full list of functions in the table below.

Supported OS Versions:

  • IOS
    IOS 6.0 - 11.2
    iCloud password required
  • Android 2.2 - 6.0.1
    Some features require root
  • Monitor SMS and MMS
  • Monitor Calls History
  • View Calendar
  • View Contacts
  • View Emails
  • View Photos
  • View Videos
  • Remote Control Panel
  • Control Browser
  • Control Applications
  • View Bookmarks
  • View Notes
  • Block Device
  • Location Tracking
  • Geo-fences
  • Keylogger
  • Monitor WhatsApp
  • Monitor Skype
  • Monitor Facebook IM
  • Monitor Viber
  • Monitor Instagram
  • Monitor Kik
  • Monitor Snapchat
  • SMS Commands

Over 10 000 Customers Trust Us Worldwide:

Gwen F. – mother of 14-year-old son

“Very useful app! I’m not a geek, but I’ve read several reviews about parental control software and checked couple ratings by trustworthy specialized websites. With its broad functionality and reliability, Pumpic turned out to be the best value for the price. Now I have fewer things to worry about when it comes to ensuring my little boy’s safety both online and offline.”

Wilfred H. - father of 17-year-old son

“Thanks to Pumpic, I’ve managed to protect my son from bullies. I installed Pumpic to find out why he was acting weirdly, and was terrified to discover that he's text bullied. The first thing that I did was creating a list of blocked keywords, which included terms often used by bullies. Then, together with school staff, we figured out who bullies were and stopped them. Thanks once again, Pumpic!”

Nathan S. – father of 14-year-old daughter

“Plenty of monitoring functions, easy installation, straightforward design. In short, very good and helpful app. Since we had installed Pumpic on our daughter’s smartphone last year and warned her about that, I can clearly see that she started acting more responsible and think thoroughly about consequences of her decisions. I’m satisfied with the result, and I’m satisfied with Pumpic.”