This week, two new product introductions have added to the choices available to parents for monitoring their childrens’ online communications – and for teaching them how to use social media.
New Parental Control Tool from Explore Anywhere Now in Beta
This week, Explore Anywhere announced that it is in beta testing with a new parental control tool called CyberBullyPro. The company, which currently offers monitoring tools like Spy Buddy and Mobile Spy, describes CyberBullyPro as having new capabilities for parents. These capabilities include:
- Passive monitoring for key words – like “staying home from school”
- A built-in keyword database, “garnered from significant research into social networking sites and cyber bullying reports, helping parents to quickly and easily identify dangerous phrases for passive monitoring”
- Remote monitoring of any computer
The software is expected to launch next quarter, and retail for $69.95.
The Online Social Savvy team is updating our “Round-Up” of parental control tools document now, to include CyberBullyPro.
New Social Forum for Tweens Launched Tuesday from Everloop
A new social forum, Everloop, was launched this week which aims to be the Facebook alternative for children aged 8 to 13. The site is COPPA compliant and requires parental permission to join. Parents can also receive notifications and restrict the types of the site’s features their child can use (e.g., IM and friend suggestions).
Everloop is not the first tween social forum to offer eduction through schools, and cites Edmodo as another example. However, Everloop describes a more open parternship approach in which kid-friendly content and games will be cross-syndicated among partner sites for the benefit of all.
The Online Social Savvy team is working on a new “Round-Up” document to create a list for our visitors, of social forums which are available. Everyone knows about Facebook and Twitter – but what about Tumblr, ooVoo and others – and tween sites like Everloop, Whatswhat.me, and GlobWorld. Stay tuned for our announcement when the new “Round-Up” is ready.