Monitoring Kids’ Social Lives

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AOL now offers SafeSocial, a program that scans Facebook, Twitter and Myspace to find and report inappropriate behavior, such as bullying, drug use, or suicidal words. This is not the same as the parental controls being offered by cell phone companies. This is for parents who actually talk to their kids.

AOL makes a point that SafeSocial is not an outlet for parents to spy on their kids. Parents must invite their kids who must accept the invitation to be monitored by SafeSocial. Parents also cannot view a child’s videos, comments, or instant messaging conversations.

The technology is easy to use, providing emails to parents if anything severe is triggered, according to a review by the Wall Street Journal. It costs $10 a month.

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