Protect Your Teens Online with the New WebSafety App11:05 PM
This post is brought to you in collaboration with WebSafety, all opinions are my own.
The teenage years are all about testing limits and exploring new freedoms. The years a parent spends raising a teenager are spent worrying and wondering whether your child is safe and upholding the values you taught them. Unfortunately, technology and the online world has added a whole new element to being a teenager, 80% of teenagers use a cell phone regularly, and 71% of teens say they hide their online activity from the parents. That means that 71% of teens are exposing themselves to cyberbulling, predators and other dangerous activities that could have long-term lasting effects on their lives. What's a parent to do?
About the WebSafety App
WebSafety understands a parents desire to keep an eye on their teens online actions without coming across as too overbearing. The WebSafety app allows parents to monitor their teen's online behavior without causing arguments or confrontation to do it. What does it do?
The WebSafety dashboard provides parents with an overview of their child's online activities.
Want to know what apps your child is downloading? This app can provide you with details about each app downloaded, along with notes and suggestions from WebSafety.
Allows Monitoring of Text Messages
This does not have to mean a full-blown invasion of privacy. While you can place settings that allow you to read all messages, you can also set up alerts to only show you messages with key words or from certain people.
This won't tell you everywhere your child has been online, but it will flag URL's that are for adult websites and contain inappropriate content, and alert you that your child is using them.
See Social Media Actions
Worried about photos your child might be uploading to social media networks, or that they might be a victim of cyberbullying? WebSafety can give you access to all uploaded photos, as well as scan for certain words.
Implement a Curfew
Don't want your teen online after a certain time? Implement a curfew with the WebSafety app, and they will receive after hours use notices.
Cool right? I know some will look at this as an invasion of privacy, but I am one parent that believes trust is a two way street. I am okay with giving freedom and trusting to a degree, I also realize that until my child turns 18, it is my job to keep them safe. So, I see nothing wrong with scanning for key information that could mean my child is acting inappropriately online. That is what I love about the WebSafety app, you and your child can sit down and set limits you are both comfortable with together!
The WebSafety App is available now on Android phones through the Google Play store starting at $3.99, and the first 25,000 subscribers will receive 50% off their 6 month or year long subscription. The app is expected to release on iOS in early 2015, so stay tuned.