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So you braved the online world of dating and found what you think will be a great date for Valentine’s Day. Now you want to check your date out before going to meet them to make sure that he or she doesn't have a shady past. An iPhone spy app can definitely help

How To Check Out Your Valentine’s Day Date with an iPhone Spy App

So you braved the online world of dating and found what you think will be a great date for Valentine’s Day. Now you want to check your date out before going to meet them to make sure that he or she doesn’t have a shady past. An iPhone spy app for an iPhone can definitely help after you start dating, but here are other the ways that you can verify information about an internet date before the date:

Do A Reverse Phone Search

Get your date’s phone number so that you can communicate before the date. Once you have that number you can find out about that person without telling them that you’re looking. The first thing you should do is a reverse phone search. A reverse phone search will tell you who that number is registered to, even if the number is a cell phone. That way you can be sure the name that the person gave you is real. And you may be able to find out more information too. One woman I know reverse searched a date’s phone number and found out the phone was registered to his wife. She cancelled the date.

Social Media Search

Since you have date’s name, phone number, and a photo of them you can do a quick social media search to see what you can find out about them. First go to Facebook, since most of the time people’s Facebook accounts contain a lot of real information about them. Do a search for that person’s name. If nothing comes up try searching for their phone number. Very few people these days don’t have Facebook accounts so you should be able to find something, even if it’s just an old account. You can verify it’s your date’s account by looking at the photos to see if they match. You can also verify information like what they do for a living or whether or not they have kids.

Types of social media

After searching Facebook you can also search Twitter, Instagram, and Whats App to see if you can find profiles for that person on those sites too. Use an iPhone spy app for additional information on a person’s cell phone.

Search Public Records

Spend a little money to do a thorough public records search because it’s money well spent. A public records search will tell you how old that person really is, in case they lied on the dating site. It will tell you if they have been arrested or charged with a crime in the past. And that’s important information to know if you’re going on a date with them. Find out as much about a date from the Internet as you can before actually meeting them. Friends and family member should know the person’s name and phone number before your date just to be on the safe side. If it’s a match, an iPhone spy app can help keep you safe down the road.

Anyone can experience cyber stalking on Facebook.

Do 6 Year Olds Really Need To Chat Online? Why I Hate Facebook’s Messenger For Kids

Recently, Facebook pushed out a new app that targets young children: Messenger For Kids. It’s designed to be used by kids between the ages of 6-12, who are too young to have a regular Facebook account. That’s because kids need to be at least 13 to have a regular one. This important restriction helps reduce cyberbullying, harassment, and cyber stalking on social media.

But do kids need to start using social media at 6 years old? Most 6-year-olds can barely read. They don’t need to learn text speak or how to use emojis instead of words. Instead, they should be practicing reading and spelling by studying books, not sending messages on Facebook.

My Opinion

Now, I know some people say that it’s a good thing to start teaching your kids to use social media early. This way, they can learn how to use it responsibly and manage their time so they aren’t always on it. In theory, I agree with that. Social media is a big part of our lives and children do need to learn how to use it. New technology is a good thing and the next generation has to know how to integrate it into their lives.

But with all the bullying and cyber stalking that goes on these days, I just don’t think it’s necessary to expose kids to that so early. I’d want my 6-year-old to be reading books, playing outside, and having fun. Not holed up in his room with his smartphone and chatting with friends on Messenger, instead of going down the street to his friend’s house  to see if he wants to play ball, go bike riding, or visit the park.

Kids might not enjoy their hobbies if they're on social media too much.
Kids might miss out on hobbies if they spend too long on social media.

There’s plenty of time for kids to start learning how to use social media responsibly when they’re teenagers. Let’s teach them how to read, use their imaginations, and make friends with actual people in person before we try to worry about their online presence.

But What About Family Connection?

Yes, this is Messenger For Kids‘ biggest selling point. It keeps families connected with group and family chats, letting them stay in touch with each other throughout the day. Plus, there is some merit to the idea that family chats are a group thing. But again, does a 6-year-old need to participate in a family group chat? Would they even understand most of it? And you don’t need your child to check in on Facebook; instead, make sure you always know where they are so you can prevent cyber stalking, too.

For me, I don’t think that family group chats are a good enough reason for children to use social media. They should be playing outside and making new friends in real life instead of chatting on Facebook.