Tracking your child's text messaging

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News 12 at 11, May 18, 2007

AUGUSTA, Ga. --- These days children have more and more ways to connect with each other and predators have more ways to connect with them too. It's something Karla Hansen knows all about.

"That's one of the reasons why we don't allow text messaging. We don't allow our children to do instant messaging on the computer. We try to not have them use chat rooms," Karla Hansen said.

Karla has two kids, ages 15 and 12, and they both share one cell phone. Now, Karla and other parents can have an extra set of eyes right at their fingertips. It's called Radar. And it's a way to watch what messages are sent to and from your child's cell phone.

"If you're going to allow your kids to have text messaging, it's not a bad idea. Probably worth a ten dollar investment," Hansen said.

Radar tracks all text messages, phone calls, e-mails, and picture messages. Something Karla thinks is a good way for parents to stay alert.

"If I was going to allow my child to have the access to text messaging, I think I'd be interested in that because there are a lot of predators out there in this day and age, and that's a good way to watch over your children," Hansen said.

And her 15-year-old son Ian thinks Radar isn't a bad idea.

"I would like that and I wouldn't really mind because I don't really have anything to hide from them," Ian Farrelly said.

And it gets better. It also alerts parents when their child is communicating with a stranger. It's a tool that can put parents at ease, as there children text away.

Radar costs $9.95 a month or $14.95 for a family plan. To learn more go to

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