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How can a parent monitor text messages most effectively on another device

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MiiHere
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By making a rule that the child must give you the device whenever you ask for it or their phone privileges will be revoked. There is no other way to read actual text messages, however you can check on your bill to see the number and at what time phone calls and text messages are being sent.

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RushFan2112
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Absolutely!  My teen knows this rule and he has been spot checked. 

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ddlovato
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family base is a service you can subscribe to for $5 a month and you can see who they're texting but not what

Verizon Family Base and Usage Controls | Verizon Wireless

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MiiHere
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The difference in Family Base is it supplies the name of the contact and a time stamp, unlike the bill which provides the number and time stamp. Family base also puts a nice little bow around everything; breaks down number of text messages in an easy to follow format. However if your kid uses other messaging services like KIK or iMessage you won't know.

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MARADA30
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but say the messages are coming over as an Imessage because both parties have IPhone... will I still see that a message was sent to the phone?

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