Ever wonder what your child’s posts are on Facebook but couldn’t get a hint just because he refuses to accept your friend request? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
A survey showed that a staggering 38 percent of teenagers have ignored their parents’ friend requests on Facebook, making it difficult for parents to watch over their kids’ online activities. Younger children are more inclined to accept, but only because of a requisite by the social network
Security firm Check Point has recently launched Zone Alarm Social Guard, a software that allows parents to monitor their child’s activities on Facebook even without being “friends”. Using algorithms, Zone Alarm Social Guard scans Facebook profiles, friend requests, posts and the like and identifies topics that may relate to sex, drugs, potential bullying, violence or suicide. It then sends alerts to the parents without the child becoming suspicious of any such activity.
In addition, Zone Alarm Social Guard also checks whether accounts that try to contact your child give false names or ages, or when someone tries to send malicious links or gets in touch using a hacked account.
According to Check Point vice president of consumer sales Bari Abdul, the software was created to “…protect kids from the social threats out there, while still respecting their privacy and fostering open communication.” He adds that this tool allows users a “simple way to embrace social networking safely that can effectively protect children from these social threats that keep parents awake at night.”
In the last few years, cyber-crime cases have risen, with most of the perpetrators using social networking sites to prey on children.
Source: • April 27, 2011. Agence France-Presse. "Software helps parents oversee children on Facebook” Newsinfo.Inquirer.net