Potter, the founder and father of five teenage children, realized that as a parent, one could not be everywhere at once, yet was concerned that his children spent a lot of time on Facebook with 600 million other people he did not know. The service is built on the premise that children should have privacy, but when certain events occur (for example emails or instant messages about sex, drugs or threats or even talking about a meeting in the real world), these would normally trigger a parent’s intuition to discuss this with their kids – www.CreepSquash.com informs parents with email transcripts. “I also wanted simple elements like ‘alert me when my child adds a new friend and send me an email with who they are and show me their photos” he said of the how the product was designed with simplicity in mind.
“I was horrified” said Potter “to see the huge risk kids are taking, inviting friends into their private world who were anything but ‘friends’ - grooming questions like ALS (age, location, sex) or tell if POS (Parent Over Shoulder).” Estimates of 54% of kids talk to strangers online, 1 in 4 having received nude inappropriate pictures but not telling their parents – the Creep Squash website details true stories of meetings starting on Facebook, ending in death and the worse possible endings a parent can imagine.
However, the online world is inspiring, one in five marriages now meet online first. There are simple guidelines parents can follow to make profiles private, of identifying friends lacking social proof and of keeping your kid’s profile out of Google searches. Creep Squash provides a window into who are their friends and then flagging concerns around certain friend’s lacking social proof, of monitoring email and instant messages for red word flags, even notifying a parent when their child has been included in a photo by another, or whenever they add a new friend, direct to the parent’s email.
Creep Squash is a simple two step application (point at your child’s Facebook account and provide your email and we do the rest) to create a non-invasive but incredibly effective protection for your child while they socialize and engage within the Facebook world. As it is exception based, the child maintains a level of privacy that they value. Potter continues that “we follow a freemium model where much of the value is found in the free service that allows viewing friends, photos and profiles and then a low annual fee to add a higher level of protection around your child. The web simply demands both simplicity in the ease of use and lots of free value and we have developed the service with that in mind, designed for parents as one of the biggest impact free services available.”
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Providing Free Online Facebook Parental Monitoring Software.
Online two step free solution that allows Parents to point at their children's Facebook Account with their permission and have automated exception tools monitor their account, generating emails direct to the Parent when new friends are added, people lacking social proof befriend them or when key red words are used in Facebook emails or in instant chat (eg predators, cyber-bullying or inappropriate behavior words for sex, drugs etc) are used.