I love, love WebSafety! I sought them out in fact. All thoughts and opinions are my own in this sponsored post.
So why am I talking about Web Safety? Because I feel it’s a conversation that needs to happen. I normally get to write about happy and magic and family memories at Disney Parks. However, as the mother of 5 girls, I am also aware of my responsibility as a parent. I used to be a Child Protective Services worker before I had children. I was on a Sex Abuse Task Force and would interview children who had been sexually abused. It broke my heart, especially in cases where the abuser was someone the family trusted. Now 11 years later, the internet has exploded into a wealth of knowledge, but also a potential place of danger and lack of privacy. I’m not going to lie. This causes me many sleepless nights as a parent.
When I went to the Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta last month, I was thrilled to learn more about an app where I could monitor my children’s online usage. Not only something like parental controls but I receive real-time alerts to help me protect my children from online dangers such as cyberbullies, sexting and Internet predators. The WebSafety Inc, app – which uses patented technology – provides parents with analytical tools to watch for alarming patterns or behaviors, while children and teens are using their smartphones.
Help a Mom Out
My oldest is in the tween stage. Apparently all of her friends have smart phones. At least that’s what she tells me all the time. So why doesn’t she have one yet? Because I’m that parent. The crazy, ex-CPS worker who can never forget images and interviews and will not let her children go to sleepovers or have phones with internet access until they’re 30, and didn’t use her real name on Facebook for years, but I’d rather keep my kids safe than have them go through the pain of what I had to see. Or maybe I’m just mean.
But my kids do use iPads and iPod touches and an android tablet, etc. This still enables them to text, Skype, and be aware of social media. I also give them a phone for after school activities, and their school has “bring your own technology days” during the year. I don’t know what their friends are showing them, because different families have different rules. As much as I try to be vigilant about what they’re doing all the time, sometimes I goof up or get lazy. Sometimes I need a break or need to work, and I let them use their technology to entertain them. I don’t want WebSafety to be the parent, but sometimes I need a little backup.
Can You Tell Me How It Works?
Sure, here’s how WebSafety works:
Download the app onto any Android device, and the activity on the device can be monitored from an iPad, laptop or desktop.
The WebSafety app is now available on Android, and can be used across all four of the major wireless carriers in the United States and the three major wireless carriers in Canada.
Parents can monitor multiple devices such as phones and tablets; customize alerts, and the type of the information they want to receive.
Why do I need this?
With the WebSafety app, you can receive alerts for apps downloaded, an alert for certain words in text messages and alerts for URLs for inappropriate websites accessed. Sometimes kids can accidentally access content they weren’t looking for. Have you been on YouTube lately? Pull up a harmless video, and it suggests some not-so-harmless video.
You can view all photos downloaded to social media by your child, track where your child is, and even set a curfew for your child’s phone and lock them out (like when they’re supposed to be sleeping or in school), but always allow them to have access to emergency calls. YOU get to choose how little or how much you monitor. While I encourage open communication with my children, they may be embarrassed or ashamed to talk to me about cyberbullying. I’d rather stay proactive and handle it in the early stages than try to repair the damages later.
I believe in this product, and so I purchased a year subscription with my own cash money. There is a fantastic deal that is still going on! The first 25,000 WebSafety subscribers will receive the service at half price – 50% off, people! You can receive the discount for either a six-month period if you sign up for month-to-month, or 50% off a year’s subscription. They have family plans, too. I got my subscription for a year for one device for less than $2 a month. With this type of app, maybe my daughter will get a smart phone before she’s 30 after all.
So visit www.websafety.com for more information and to sign up! It’s easy peasy.
Look for the app in Android marketplaces including Google Play.
WebSafety will be launching iOS in mid-December. Holla! That’s when I’ll be ordering our family plan.