I have granted permission for each of my children to have a Facebook profile. I find it a benefit to them to be able to keep up with family who don’t live close. In fact their day who lives in St Louis keeps in touch with them more often through Facebook. A benefit to my kids is that they can also keep up and communicate with friends close by.
My youngest, Tevin who is 12 usually only plays games and talks to his dad on Facebook.
This does not mean that I rest assured that my kids are practicing safe social media habits. There is tons of spam and people that my kids refer to as “stalkers” on Facebook. Also, when kids think parents are not looking, they tend to do things that I may not approve of. I have had to explain to my 18 year old daughter, Lakendra, what online bullying was by examples of what some of her friends had on their Facebook profiles. Teaching our kids social media etiquette is a whole different challenge.
Safely Social Monitor is a new service allows parents or caregivers the ability to monitor their children’s activities on Facebook for FREE This is a new type of service called “Familyware” by the same company that brings you Safely Locate and Safely Drive for mobile devices. These “software services increase awareness, improving parents’ ability to communicate with and guide loved ones through each stage of growth”. You can also subscribe to the Safely Spotlight that is available on the Safely Facebook page. The Safely Spotlight is a free digital parenting guide with tips and advice on keeping your kids safe in the digital world. You can also get helpful information by following Safely on Twitter.
I have set up Safely Social Monitor on Tevin’s Facebook account. After connecting and allowing permission to access the account I was able to get a good snapshot of his account in minutes. I did not have to weed through his friends posts to get a good understanding of what pictures were posted or what type of people are his friends. The Safely Social Monitor gave me a good snapshot of all these things.
What I liked the most about the social monitoring site is that I don’t have to log out of my own Facebook account to check up on him. I am happy to know that Tevin is behaving himself online. I also get emails giving me update.
You can sign up for Safely Social Monitor for free in a couple easy steps and monitor your child’s profile.
**This is a sponsored post by Location Labs Safely Social Monitor but all my opinions are my own.