MinorMonitor Enables Multi-Child Monitoring for Parents to Keep Tabs on Facebook Activities
MinorMonitor today announced multi-child monitoring capabilities for parents to track the Facebook activities of up to fourchildren. When the free, web-based tool launched in mid-May, it supported monitoring for one child. Multi-child capabilities were always on the roadmap, and turned on today, to support requests from a user base growing daily.
“We built this product with a commitment to listen closely to our users and respond to their suggestions, to really have our community help shape and grow what MinorMonitor can do,” said Mike Betron, general manager, MinorMonitor. “One of the most popular requests from users has been the ability to monitor the whole family from a single MinorMonitor account. We are proud to deliver this capability today.”
MinorMonitor has been adding parent-users at a steady clip since May, growing over 50% month over month. The feedback to date has been overwhelmingly positive, as parents continue to seek ways to stay aware of what their children are doing online. While there are many options, and lots of noise around online monitoring, feedback on MinorMonitor is that it’s clean, clear, simple, quick and effective to use. Parents can sign up easily, and activate accounts and tracking, quickly, even if they are not very technically savvy. The fact that the tool is completely free is even more compelling.
And now, support for multiple children is streamed into the product. Registered MinorMonitor users simply go into their account at set up, click on the “add child” button underneath the name currently listed and add the next child’s Facebook credentials – email address and password – just like you did for the first child. A new tab will appear for every additional child you enter. For new users, while setting up the profile, you can add multiple children simply by clicking on the “add child” button for each of your children. You can also delete a child by going into the settings tab and clicking “remove child.”
Within moments of the first entry of every child, parents will get reports for that child, summarizing their activities and friends, and any alerts. To add and monitor additional children, you will need their Facebook email addresses and passwords. MinorMonitor does encourage parents to talk with their children about the tool and discuss that although their activities will be monitored, it will be at a much higher level and less intrusive way than a parent logging right on to their account or being their “friend.”
MinorMonitor was built just for parents to enable a quick, dashboard-view into their children’s Facebook activities and friends. It was created by Infoglide, a government-grade technology company that has been delivering anti-fraud software solutions to federal and state governments and commercial organizations for over 15 years. MinorMonitor gives parents peace of mind by flagging any concerning language, activities or photos of their children. The numbers of children active on Facebook are staggering, with over 20 million active Facebook minors, of which an estimated 7.5 million are under the age of 13.
How MinorMonitor Works:
MinorMonitor, as a free, web-based tool, has sophisticated algorithms that leverage an extensive library and natural language analytics that identify potentially dangerous activities such as bullying, drug use, solicitation, sexual references, and profanity. These algorithms and keyword phrases are continuously updated, with new words added to follow trends and slang. MinorMonitor also watches out for suspicious friends by identifying friends significantly older than the child, friends with a very small number of mutual friends, and friends who post an abnormally high amount of negative content.
MinorMonitor analyzes every type of activity including wall posts, notes, photos, videos, and messages. This continuous monitoring is available to parents at any time through an intuitive, easy-to-navigate dashboard. Proactive alerts may also be set up in order to receive immediate emails for extremely concerning events.
MinorMonitor’s proprietary, analytic technology foundation comes from Infoglide who brought its core capabilities downstream to benefit parents. More than just identifying and flagging concerning keyword phrases, MinorMonitor is also built with unique self-learning and natural language analytics that make it smarter over time, providing a more accurate analysis and fewer false alarms.
Launched in mid 2011, MinorMonitor is a free, web-based tool that gives parents a quick, easy view into their child(ren)’s Facebook activities and friends, through knowledge-based analytics. Via an intuitive dashboard view, parents can access either a snapshot, or full detail and specifics, of potentially dangerous activities such as bullying, hate crimes, drug use, and sexual references.
MinorMonitor was developed by Austin-based Infoglide, a 15+ year technology company that developed deep security and fraud analytics that monitor and manage online reputations as well as screen and detect suspicious activities and behaviors for government (such as the TSA), law enforcement, banking, and other big business customers. Infoglide executives developed MinorMonitor to leverage the company’s analytics and extend them as a service to benefit those parents who are growing increasingly concerned over ensuring their child(ren)’s Facebook activities are safe.