How To Stop A Cell Phone Predator

Like most teenagers, 15 year old Shelby Gregory's cell phone is never far out of reach.

"It's constant, I don't ever stop," says Shelby Gregory.

Her mom Deata echoes that sentiment, "she uses it all the time."

Gregory says she regularly monitors her daughter's cell phone use.

"We monitor them by going on-line and see what their minutes are that they are using," says Gregory.

But that doesn't tell Gregory who is calling or texting her daughter, especially if it's someone who shouldn't be. Imagine someone preying on your child through their phone, calling them and sending them lewd text messages.

Now there is a way to monitor who's on the other end of that phone. It's called Radar-My Mobile Watchdog. This technology was created by Bob Lotter of Eagency Systems.

"By monitoring one's own child, you are very likely to help protect another child," says Lotter.

Here's how Radar works: Parents set up an account. They create a phone book of numbers for their child, a network of people you okay to contact your child.

And then when someone calls or text your child who is not on that list, you are alerted immediately on your phone through a text message.

I sat down with Deata Gregory to show her how it works and within 30 seconds of someone calling a phone with the technology on it, we received a text message alerting us of the call. Seeing Radar in action was impressive to Gregory.

" As a parent though I think it would be very interesting and it would make me feel like maybe perhaps I have a bit more control," said Gregory.

But does that control cross the line for Shelby? Does she think this technology is an invasion of her privacy?

" No, I think for safety its going to be a really good thing because you never know what might happen, you never know who's going to find out who you are," said Shelby.

For the creators of Radar, it's that thought process they hope will keep kids safe across the country.


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