1. iMore Question's Avatar
    How can I spy on my son's iPod?
    03-20-2014 03:34 PM
  2. Ali365Dash's Avatar
    If you mean his location and stuff like that, I suggest Lookout. If you want to look at the screen itself, try Reflector. It costs money but you can use the free trial instead.
    03-20-2014 03:43 PM
  3. iEd's Avatar
    Seriously?
    03-20-2014 03:44 PM
  4. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Why not man up and be an actual parent and talk to him about what's concerning you instead of being shady, which does nothing but cause strife?
    03-20-2014 09:22 PM
  5. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Why not man up and be an actual parent and talk to him about what's concerning you instead of being shady, which does nothing but cause strife?
    Well, you have a great point but using the tech trix to spy does sound kinda fun. 😋


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    03-20-2014 09:29 PM
  6. nikkisharif's Avatar
    03-20-2014 11:05 PM
  7. pr1nce's Avatar
    Really? Can't you talk to him?
    03-20-2014 11:21 PM
  8. Terb's Avatar
    I thought this was a joke at first. You have a lot to learn sir!!
    03-20-2014 11:27 PM
  9. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Let's not judge. The OP may already have spoken to his son and still need to MONITOR, that sounds better, yes... monitor his son's 'pod.


    via the phone
    03-21-2014 03:16 AM
  10. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    Let's not judge. The OP may already have spoken to his son and still need to MONITOR, that sounds better, yes... monitor his son's 'pod.


    via the phone
    Sorry, but I'm going to judge away. What's the point of spying on a kid? This is a conversation I had with my brother (who has 4 kids) a couple of years ago when a similar curiosity came to his brain and his son's both had an iPod Touch. These are your children...if you're curious what they are looking at or what they are getting into on these devices, go ask to see the device and look at it WITH them...if there is something inappropriate or what you consider wrong, talk to the kid about it, don't sit and spy on them.

    This anti-social approach is such a hilarious thing to me. Adults taking childish tactics against CHILDREN...really? If my son or daughter wanted a device that was capable of the things that iPhones/iPads/iPods are capable of...they're also going to have the understanding that privacy is something you earn, not something you're entitled to, and that as a child, I'm privy to ANYTHING that is happening in their world...from a simple text message to what kind of living environment their friends exist in.

    "How can I spy on my son?"...it's a cowards move. And if a child does something that needs monitoring in such a way, remove the outlet or limit the outlet.
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    03-21-2014 07:24 AM
  11. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Let's not judge. The OP may already have spoken to his son and still need to MONITOR, that sounds better, yes... monitor his son's 'pod.


    via the phone
    I'm gonna disagree somewhat. You may not always be physically close to the kid and the technology. I have cameras in my home that let me see my kids when I'm away. Some may call that spying and the 14 year old is watching the 4-year old. The principle is the same. I used to 'monitor' my stepdaughters laptop while I was at work and she was home. It sounds like you may be suggesting that I shouldn't do that and instead wait until I came home and make surprise inspections or something. She finally learned to behave BECAUSE she thought I might be watching since the preferable reasons were not enough for her. Now, she's a kid, but you can't always be physically on top of them. An iPod? I wouldn't bother with that too much but I don't know the kid or the situation.


    via the phone
    03-21-2014 07:55 AM
  12. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    I'm gonna disagree somewhat. You may not always be physically close to the kid and the technology. I have cameras in my home that let me see my kids when I'm away. Some may call that spying and the 14 year old is watching the 4-year old. The principle is the same. I used to 'monitor' my stepdaughters laptop while I was at work and she was home. It sounds like you may be suggesting that I shouldn't do that and instead wait until I came home and make surprise inspections or something. She finally learned to behave BECAUSE she thought I might be watching since the preferable reasons were not enough for her. Now, she's a kid, but you can't always be physically on top of them. An iPod? I wouldn't bother with that too much but I don't know the kid or the situation.


    via the phone
    I don't think there's any issue with adults monitoring kids devices...in fact, if you look at my post, it kind of implied that by saying that a parent is privy to anything their child is doing...not just on the devices, but with ANYTHING really. I think you have every right to remotely monitor anything you want...camera system, computers, etc...you name it, that is your right.

    But here's the kicker...the OP specifically said "How do I spy on my son?" This is a different scenario...and let's be honest, with all the idiocy we see in this sub-forum, what's the difference between asking this and asking "How do I spy on my wife?" or "How do I spy on my employees?" There's really none. It's the principal...and the defined difference between a parent who is monitoring their child, and a parent who wants to spy on their child.

    And we may hold different ideas on how such things should play out...I'm more of a direct approach kind of person. If I think something is wrong, I don't hem haw...perhaps it comes from being a cop, but I like to think that direct access is a right of any parent when it comes to their children, but I also like to think that an adult of any kind (parent or not) would be intelligent and mature enough to consider "spying" on people a bit silly (in this type of situation)...when there are so many other options.
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    03-21-2014 08:16 AM
  13. Haalcyon's Avatar
    I don't think there's any issue with adults monitoring kids devices...in fact, if you look at my post, it kind of implied that by saying that a parent is privy to anything their child is doing...not just on the devices, but with ANYTHING really. I think you have every right to remotely monitor anything you want...camera system, computers, etc...you name it, that is your right.

    But here's the kicker...the OP specifically said "How do I spy on my son?" This is a different scenario...and let's be honest, with all the idiocy we see in this sub-forum, what's the difference between asking this and asking "How do I spy on my wife?" or "How do I spy on my employees?" There's really none. It's the principal...and the defined difference between a parent who is monitoring their child, and a parent who wants to spy on their child.

    And we may hold different ideas on how such things should play out...I'm more of a direct approach kind of person. If I think something is wrong, I don't hem haw...perhaps it comes from being a cop, but I like to think that direct access is a right of any parent when it comes to their children, but I also like to think that an adult of any kind (parent or not) would be intelligent and mature enough to consider "spying" on people a bit silly (in this type of situation)...when there are so many other options.
    Yeah. I don't like the idea of 'spying'. Spying implies watching someone or something you don't have the right to be watching for whatever reason and THAT is the word the OP Used. I guess I inferred they meant 'monitoring' because they were speaking about their kid. The fact we haven't heard back from the OP in all this time IS somewhat telling and curious.


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    03-21-2014 08:30 AM
  14. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Sorry, but I'm going to judge away. What's the point of spying on a kid? This is a conversation I had with my brother (who has 4 kids) a couple of years ago when a similar curiosity came to his brain and his son's both had an iPod Touch. These are your children...if you're curious what they are looking at or what they are getting into on these devices, go ask to see the device and look at it WITH them...if there is something inappropriate or what you consider wrong, talk to the kid about it, don't sit and spy on them.

    This anti-social approach is such a hilarious thing to me. Adults taking childish tactics against CHILDREN...really? If my son or daughter wanted a device that was capable of the things that iPhones/iPads/iPods are capable of...they're also going to have the understanding that privacy is something you earn, not something you're entitled to, and that as a child, I'm privy to ANYTHING that is happening in their world...from a simple text message to what kind of living environment their friends exist in.

    "How can I spy on my son?"...it's a cowards move. And if a child does something that needs monitoring in such a way, remove the outlet or limit the outlet.
    "Ask to see the device"? Oh heck no! I'm not asking for jack! My kids know that they have no absolute privacy rights in our home. Period. I will go through everything they have, if necessary, and they know it because we've made it crystal clear....lol
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    03-21-2014 10:00 AM
  15. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    "Ask to see the device"? Oh heck no! I'm not asking for jack! My kids know that they have no absolute privacy rights in our home. Period. I will go through everything they have, if necessary, and they know it because we've made it crystal clear....lol
    Oh no doubt...I was more speaking on the difference between monitoring something outside of the box and directly looking IN the box (so to speak). Parents don't have to ASK anything, lol! (though these days, that seems to be a totally different world...parents should never fear their children, but it seems to be exactly what happens now days).
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    03-21-2014 10:40 AM
  16. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    How can I spy on my son's iPod?
    Why not man up and be an actual parent and talk to him about what's concerning you instead of being shady, which does nothing but cause strife?
    I could not have said it any better instead of driving him away rather than getting closer with a heart tot heart. Thank you Sean...Same thoughts as me.
    03-21-2014 10:40 AM
  17. Elizabeth2's Avatar
    What happened to the kitchen table talks?


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    04-03-2014 03:29 AM
  18. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    What happened to the kitchen table talks?


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    They ended when parents became afraid of their kids (instead of the other way around).
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    04-03-2014 08:26 AM
  19. Haalcyon's Avatar
    Well, you can't even spank your kids now adays without it being considered 'child abuse' by the authorities it seems so I wonder how we got here.


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    04-03-2014 09:50 AM
  20. eve6er69's Avatar
    You can lock content from entering his ipad and hide icons on him but you cannot see exactly what he is doing unless it's all on the browser and you check his history.

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    04-03-2014 10:11 AM
  21. HAWK's Avatar
    My kids just aren't getting an iAnything until I know they are responsible enough to handle the internet and making choices that I won't have to worry. And secondly if I wanted to see what they have been searching or doing on something that I paid for I would take it and look at it right in front of them. Any back talk about it I'd have a new iPhone and they would receive a flip phone in return. When they pay for it, they can decide what happens with it, until then my money, my rules!


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    04-03-2014 12:13 PM
  22. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Well, you can't even spank your kids now adays without it being considered 'child abuse' by the authorities it seems so I wonder how we got here.


    Sent from my MF003LL/A 
    Years ago, there was a complaint of a woman having issues with an abusive son. When I arrived, I saw the lady and a little kid (8 yrs old) who was in the corner of the living room. When the lady saw me looking around for someone else, she pointed to the 8 year old and said that he was the problem. He didn't want to listen, had been cursing her and refused to go to school that day. I swear, I looked at the lady in total disbelief. I told her that if he was my son, I would light his ___ up. She said, "but wouldn't I get in trouble for beating him?" I said, "By whom?". I then turned and walked out the door. Afterwards, I heard a series of pops and whacks, followed by screaming and crying. A moment later, the 8 year old kid exited the house, sniffling and wiping away his tears. He was carrying his backpack and was walking toward the school down the street. The lady peered out the window and looked at me. I nodded and drove off. Never again did I have to go back to that house.
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    04-03-2014 01:15 PM

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