cell phone forensicsWe receive weekly requests from parents about acquiring and recovering data from their child’s cell phone.  We are an Indianapolis, Indiana Private Investigations firm that performs cell phone forensics and computer forensics.  We use cutting edge technology and techniques to help uncover what their child or loved one is doing during the countless hours spent on their iPhone and Android smartphones.

A recent study suggests kids ranging from age 8 to 18 consume over 7 hours of screen media per day.  That’s including TV, computers, cell phones and other like media.  But specifically these groups were spending 2 hours a day using smartphones.  The majority of the time was broken down: 24 minutes every day simply browsing the internet, 13 minutes on social media sites, 13 minutes listening to music, and 13 minutes playing games on their digital smartphone.  The remaining of this time was “other” which could be in the form of communication categorized as SMS and MMS, or “texting.”  This is an incredible amount of time for a parent to be in the dark about what their child is doing.

SMS stands for short message service or in other words, texting short messages from one cell phone to another cell phone or from the web to another cell phone.  There are 160 character limits using SMS communication.

MMS stands for multimedia messaging service which is like SMS on steroids.  Not only are text messages included in this form of cell phone communication, but pictures and videos as well.  There are an unlimited number of characters while using MMS communication. 

Proverbs 29:15 states: “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.”  Parents who love their children will provide the necessary attention and accountability in order for them to grow into well-adjusted and productive members of society.  Without accountability and safeguards, a child will do what they can and want, and this may lead to destruction and family embarrassment. 

I truly believe it’s better to know than to be surprised and deal with the consequences of a moral and ethical failure.  If your child is texting (SMS and MMS), shouldn’t you know the content?

 Contact us with your cell phone forensic concerns and we’ll develop a discreet solution that will provide peace of mind and implement the proper accountability going forward.  

Michael R. HathawayCFE, CAMS, P.I.