Today, its more important than ever to monitor our kids online. There are many threats, from cyber bullying, sending/receiving inappropriate pictures, online predators, and the list goes on. We as parents always want the best for our kids, and its our duty to protect them from the dangers of the world.
Cyber bullying is estimated to affect up to 50% of teens, and most of them don't tell their parents. Over 66% of teens admitted to sending nude/semi nude pics to their friends. In 2006, kids between the ages of 12-15 made up 73% of the victims targeted by predators.
Did you know that POS means Parent Over Shoulder ?
Do you remember when you were younger and chatting online, and someone asked you A/S/L? Do you remember that that means "What's your age, sex and location?"
Children across the country are falling victim to cyber bullying, online predators, and a host of other social networking dangers. One wrong photo/conversation can ruin the child's social, academic and even professional future.
Kids want to go online, and express themselves, and many of them are not aware of the dangers out there. Well, TrueCare is a trusted service, you can be sure that they are protected. The monitoring service helps protect children against a wide range of online threats.
TrueCare is easy, from set up to monitoring. You don't have to install any software, and you can add multiple kids to your account quickly. They even provide resources to help you talk to your children, maximizing safety while minimizing eye rolls and slammed doors.
"TrueCare uses a customizable database of over 500 keywords that could be related to potential dangers (including drugs, alcohol, violence, depression, bullying and sex). So you only get relevant email alerts, without having to go through hundreds of harmless posts. Oh, and TrueCare monitors no matter where your kids access their accounts, even on their cell phones.
TrueCare allows you to view the photos/videos your child has posted or been tagged in; alerts you when your child friends someone identified by TrueCare as an adult; notifies you when your child friends someone he has no common friends with; provides you the public profiles of your childs friends. With just a click, you can investigate by accessing their public records; TrueCare also provides you with access to a dictionary of common slang words and abbreviations, like POS and A/S/L.
My thoughts: I think its a great idea. While my son is only 7 at the moment, I really do not have a need for this service. But I know that a lot of my readers do have kids that are online, and if they are, this would be best for you. TrueCare only costs $10 a month, and you can get it for free for 60 days (no CC needed) by going to truecare.com/bzzagent.
I personally love that it monitors 24/7. It doesn't take a break from monitoring, and that it can even monitor from cell phones. It instantly emails you alerts, so that you can act fast. I like that YOU get to decide what keywords it should watch and alert me for. Being able to know my sons online friends is a big plus. Once he decides he wants to go online and on Facebook and what not, this is going to be something I do right after his page is created.
If you try it, would you mind commenting, or sending me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know how its working for you. I would love to hear from readers who tried it and are using it.
All in all, I say go for it. If your child is online, you should be using this. Free for 60 days, then only $10 a month after that, not bad at all, I say.
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