The internet can be dangerous for children. Many parents therefore use surveillance apps to protect them from certain content. Why experts still view this technology critically.

“You never know who is on the other end,” says Stefanie R. For the mother of three underage daughters, the Internet is a place where foreign adults pretend to be children to chat with or extract photos from minors. And a place where children can stumble into subscription traps with a wrong download. Her older daughters are nine and eleven years old. They got their own smartphones early in order to be able to communicate independently with their father, who lives 70 kilometers away. Stefanie R. has therefore been using “Kaspersky Safe Kids”, a parental control app, for three years.

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