Should You Track Your College Student’s Phone Using an App?

Written By Marc Lehman, Owner and Family Therapist at


It can be tempting to want to keep tabs on your college student by tracking their phone using an app. After all, you want to make sure they’re safe and not getting into any trouble. But is it really a good idea? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

The Pros of Tracking Your College Student’s Phone

There are some benefits to tracking your child’s phone when they go to college. For one, you can see if they’re keeping up with their classes and getting good grades. You can also see if they’re hanging out with friends too much or skipping class. Additionally, if your child is ever in an emergency situation, you can use the GPS tracking feature on their phone to find them quickly.

The Cons of Tracking Your College Student’s Phone

However, there are also some downsides to tracking your child’s phone. For one, it invade their privacy and they may feel like you don’t trust them. Additionally, if they ever lose their phone or it gets stolen, the person who has it will have access to all of your personal information.

So, should you track your college student’s phone using an app? It really depends on the situation. If you feel like you need to because your child is struggling in school or getting into trouble, then go ahead and do it. But if you’re just curious about what they’re up to, you might want to think twice before invading their privacy.