Let me tell you, with Mr. Learning Treehouse being a computer programmer, we’ve always cobbled together our own ways of monitoring the kids, but that has changed since I looked at these products. I was especially impressed with Net Nanny Social because it keeps track of social media activity not by device, but by account.
It’s really quite something. You set up your account, enter in each child’s information and their Facebook username and password and Net Nanny Social starts compiling information about who your child has “friended” and been “friended” by, the photos and videos he posts and is tagged in, status updates and chats. It also will monitor activity on Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Tumblr. That’s great!
Keeping Kids Cyber-Safe
Let me stop here for a moment and point out that if you don’t know your child’s username and password, you probably should. It’s just a good idea and part of being a cyber-safe parent. But, if you don’t or your child changes it, as long as you’re friends with your child on Facebook, you can still keep track through Net Nanny Social.
For each child you add you can set up what you want to be alerted about, including:
- Vulgar language
You can also set up a list of words you want to be alerted about if they’re used and set an age limit above which you want to be notified if your child is friended by or tries to friend someone. So, if you have a 13-year-old and don’t want her to have any friends who are older than 15, you can set the limit to 15 and you’ll get a notification if that has been breached.
What I Like About Net Nanny Social
Here’s what I think is great about this innovative product; it works to help parents keep a step ahead of their cyber-savvy kids by giving them a tool to see what’s going on wherever parent or child may be.
That’s not to say I’m advocating spying on your child, in fact, if you’re going to use this product and you have a fairly open relationship with your child, it’s a good idea to talk to him about the fact that you’ll be using it. What I mean is that you can be at home, at the office, at the beach and still be able to know if your child is somehow in cyber-danger.
I’m using it. And I’ll be happy to tell the Kid Testers why: I want them to be safe and I don’t always trust the world around them. So far the Kid Tester’s accounts have only alerted me for the use of the word “stupid.” That’s the kind of lousy cyber-activity I can live with.