These days, your teens' "friends" aren't just the kids hanging out in your family room - they're also the hundreds of contacts on their online "friend" and "buddy" lists. Did you know that more than 50 million teens (ages 13-17) are online worldwide? Or that the average number of "friends" on a list is 130? The totals are much higher for many teens.
SafeSocial, a new AOL product that launches today, can help you protect your children, even if you aren't a social media expert. SafeSocial helps you:
· Find out where your child has online accounts
· Know who your child is "friends" with online
· Get notified if your child is in a conversation about violence, suicide or drugs
· See photos your child has posted online, and others' photos in which your child has been tagged
Another benefit? You can monitor all this activity without being a "helicopter parent." Your child will have to agree to be monitored, but you won't need to connect with them on the social media accounts, or hover over their shoulders in person.
Here's a link to a video explaining how SafeSocial works and why it's so important
And here are screenshots of how the SafeSocial dashboard works and allows you to monitor online activity
PLUS! A free 30-day trial of SafeSocial
"Overall, social networking is an integral part of many teenage lives and an opportunity for your kids to learn to express themselves in a creative and responsible fashion," says Regina Lewis, AOL's Consumer Advisor and expert on making technology work for you. "It's too big a trend to ignore. You can embrace it with SafeSocial on your side."
For more information, make sure to visit SafeSocial.com. AOL consumer advisors Regina Lewis and LaToya Drake are available for interviews as well.