Written by Nick Zelver
Fact checked by Mike Druttman
Updated Mar, 2024


The internet is a vast ocean of information and distraction. Luckily, I chanced on mSpy, a multi-purpose parental monitoring software that allows parents to check out the online bookmarking activities of their children including blocking such activities. This paper is an in-depth exploration of the features and limitations of mSpy as a digital surveillance tool.


Setting Up and Using mSpy for Bookmark Tracking

  1. Firstly, you need to subscribe to mSpy before installing it on your child’s device.
  2. This would become my control center after installing it.
  3. Then you can go to ‘internet browsing’> ‘bookmarks’ where you will be able to see all marked sites by your kid with their web links and date added.

By showing what websites have attracted them these feature could provide a peep into their children’s preferences when surfing the net.


Understanding the Limitations

As much as mSpy is effective, it has its shortcomings. These include extensive reliance on browser and device compatibility plus only bookmarked websites being tracked with no information on the frequency and time spent during visits.

More so, physical contact is necessary for installation purposes while tool’s functionality may be influenced by target devices’ software updates.


Types of Bookmarks Tracked

Several types of bookmarks can be traced by mSpy such as:

  • URL bookmarks
  • Bookmark folders
  • Mobile app bookmarks

Also note that this is possible in browsers like Safari and Chrome. This range allows for a comprehensive view of your child's online preferences though tracking levels may differ depending on browser compatibility.

mSpy bookmarks monitoring
mSpy bookmarks monitoring


Viewing Bookmarks on the mSpy Dashboard

Accessing your child's bookmark is simple:

  1. Open your mSpy account.
  2. Go to the dashboard and click on internet browsing.
  3. This tab will bring you all your bookmarked sites, showing what interests your child has online.


Receiving Alerts for Specific Bookmarks

Although, there isn’t a direct bookmark alert on mSpy it has keyword alert as a feature that can be used.

You can set up alerts for keywords that are related to bookmarks in order to get notifications via email whenever your child visits a page with these keywords present in its content.


Blocking Access to Certain Bookmarks

How can I block specific bookmarks?

To do this, go first through ‘browser bookmarks’ and identify URLs which are blocked or created whitelist for them later using ‘Block Websites’ feature.

By integrating viewing features including blocking options, this provides an uninterrupted efficient way of commanding a kid’s web analysis process.


The Bottom Line

mSpy was more than just a monitoring tool as it helped me delve into my son’s world. Through this device we were able to have conversations regarding their interests and I was able to guide them towards safe internet usage habits.

I realized that while technology could help monitor; parenting involved communicating regularly and providing guidance beyond what any program could do.

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