Some parents think that it is enough to just friend their child on social network sites and monitor his or her activity through their own Facebook profile. However, there are many reasons why this is a limited, ineffective approach. In some case, it may even lead parents to a false sense of security. Here are a few reality checks to keep in mind:
- A Facebook user has the option to hide any activity from any friend.
For example, a child could simply choose not to share pictures, status updates, new friends and much more with all of his or her Facebook friends, including (or particularly) with the parent. Naturally, children will most likely hide anything that they think might be inappropriate, and most often those are exactly the activities that parents would want to be aware of.
With uKnowKids, the content from your child’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts is integrated right into the product, regardless of whom your child’s shared it with.
- Most parents cannot be on Facebook 24 hours a day and at the exact times their children are.
When you log into your uKnowKids dashboard, you can easily and quickly review real time updates and gain a better understanding of how your child is interacting with others on Facebook, rather than invest countless hours weeding through data on Facebook and searching for yourself.
- Facebook will not bring the information you want to you.
With uKnowKids, you are sent real time notifications via email whenever your child is involved in a potentially risky situation. You can always customize your notification preferences so that you are getting exactly the information that is important to you.
- While immensely popular, Facebook is not the only network children use to communicate.
In addition to all your child’s Facebook activities, uKnowKids allows you to see, in one place, your child's Twitter and Instagram accounts, as well as mobile activities and location. You can create uKnowKids profiles for up to four children and connect them to the same dashboard. Parents don’t even need a social network account of their own or even a smartphone to get the benefits of uKnowKids.