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TONIGHT AT 10: 'Safe and Social:' Teens and cell phone use

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Between texting, tweeting and Tumblr, in 2014 it's not tough to spot a teen with technology in hand.

And when teens have access to cell phones and tablets, they've got access to just about anything.

But parents can use technology to their advantage when it comes to tracking kids' activity on mobile devices and social media.

Thursday on the KWWL News at 10, Teal Jennings will show parents a few tricks and tips you may not have thought of, and how they can help you keep tabs on your teens.

Wireless providers provide monitoring services for a monthly fee:

Verizon Family Base: http://www.verizonwireless.com/support/faqs/FeaturesandOptionalServices/family-base.html

US Cellular Family Protector: http://www.uscellular.com/protector-series/family-protector.html

AT&T Smart Limits: http://www.att.net/smartcontrols-SmartLimitsForWireless

Another option is downloading apps to set limits and track activity:

Ignore No More: $0.99

Gives you control over your children's phones. If your children's phones. If your children ignore your repeated calls and text messages to reach them, you simply lock their phones until they call you back.

Screen Time: $1.99

Tracks websites visited, allows you to set time limits on apps. After kids have used that time, the app shuts down until the next day.

ItsLightsOut: Free

An internet monitoring app for parents of an Apple-connected family. By syncing family's iPads, iPhones and iPods to ItsLightsOut, parents can control internet and app use.

DinnerTime: Free

App lets you manage your kid's online activities with Dinner Time, Bed Time and Take a Break supervision mode.

NetNanny: $4

Customizable safe internet browser, designed to replace the Safari browser. Choose from three safety setting which block pornography, nudity, etc. and masks profanity.

ParentKit: Free

Control your child's mobile devices through your own device. App allows you to choose what your child can use their cell phone or tablet for and when.

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