The following services are designed to help parents monitor their child’s online and digital presence.
TeenSafe gives parents insight into their child’s mobile devices. The program allows parents discrete and remote access to monitor their child’s smartphone and/or tablet for any potentially harmful activity or content. Parents can easily view all of the devices texts, calls, social media activity, including apps designed to hide activity instantly, and the location of the device, all at the click of a button.
Canary is a digital security system that adapts to your home, sending intelligent alerts and videos directly to your smartphone.
MyMobileWatchdog allows parents to monitor texts, block apps from downloading, create time constraints and GPS location tracking for their child’s phone.
Use these steps to help keep your child safe online:
1. Check comments, images and threads on a daily basis.
2. Keep an eye on activity, have they posted anything inappropriate, ambiguous or illegal?
3. Talk to your children about what is OK to post, who they can and cannot interact with.
4. Have your child make an agreement that they won’t post embarrassing or hurtful comments or images with the intent to hurt others.
5. Review account settings on a regular basis. Go through each option and consider, “what is on my child’s profile and who can see it?”
6. Know your child’s friends, contacts, and followers. As a parent, you should be one of their “friends” and no content should be blocked from your view. People in your child’s network can see, share, and comment on what they post so you want to be sure you can trust them. Block and report anyone who makes harassing, threatening, or inappropriate comments.
7. Check for 3rd party apps they may be using within social media sites. Some of these give companies access to your children’s personal information. Always read the fine print before deciding to add one.
8. Go through the same checklist with their mobile devices. When you use mobile devices like smartphones and tablets to post something or check in, you could also be sharing your location. Check the settings to make sure you’re only sharing what you want to.
9. Report any activity you feel is potentially unsafe. You and your child have the right to be safe online. If anyone cyberbullies your child or you, make a report to the school, local police and the website or app. If anyone shares or asks you to share sexual messages or images, make a report to CyberTipline.com
For more resources visit NSTeens.org
Tendle messaging feature is also a helpful tool used to connect parents directly and even anonymously.