Parents are getting increasingly worried about their children getting cyberbullied on Facebook or even getting stalked or groomed by an internet predator. Of course, you can’t exactly blame them. It’s no longer just paranoia. The risk of getting harmed on a social networking site is a grim reality that we all have to accept. However, children are not exactly that amenable to the idea of getting monitored by their parents on Facebook. It “cramps their style” which is equivalent to Armageddon for an enterprising teenager. Thankfully though, ZoneAlarm has developed a program called ZoneAlarm SocialGuard that allows parents to track their children’s activities on Facebook without having to invade the kid’s privacy.
The Concept Behind SocialGuard
Kids, especially teens, can be rather touchy. Having their parent as their ‘friend’ on Facebook can be just about the “most embarrassing thing in –like— the whole friggin’world” (insert quintessential teenage eye-roll here). Of course, it will only take a few years for them to outgrow that silly phase and learn to be more mature, but then, as long as they’re teens, you’ll have to live with their outlandish logic. There’s just no going around it unless, of course, you want to risk permanent damage. ZoneAlarm, thankfully, understands this perfectly. They’ve created software that allows parents to track their kids’ Facebook page without imposing upon the child’s privacy. Parents don’t need to ask for the kid’s password. Instead, the child only has to log in once using his Facebook username and password and the program will start doing its thing. The password will not be passed on to the parent, and the parent can trust the program to alert them if ever there’s a suspicious person on their kid’s friend list.
How ZoneAlarm SocialGuard Works
SocialGuard analyzes the kid’s social network and determines whether the kid’s f-list consists mostly of mutual friends or if it’s composed mostly of random, not necessarily connected people. It does this whenever there’s a new friend request and alerts the user if the person adding them is a ‘stranger’. Also, it analyzes the profiles of people on the kid’s f-list and determines whether or not the person may or may not be lying about his or her age. The program also lists ‘suspicious activities’ on the child’s network, such as repeated mentions of things like suicide, drugs, or sex on the newsfeed. It also alerts the parents of any dangerous or offensive links posted on the child’s wall so as to prevent malware attacks. It also alerts the parents of any unauthorized updates which might indicate that someone has hacked into the kid’s account. What’s really revolutionary about this software though is that it tracks private messages, which is the most common medium for predators to use in their schemes.
All in all, ZoneAlarm SocialGuard a really nifty package and you can have it for as little as $1.99 a month or $19.99 a year – a small price to pay for increased social media safety.
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