aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Want to know what your kids are up to?

TrueCare is a web-monitoring system that tracks your child’s social networks for any words that might set off a red flag.Once you install the program, it will alert you any time one of the 500 “warning words” comes across your child’s social network. One catch is that costs $9.99 a month, and it only works if you already know your kids’s passwords.

According to TrueCare, the 500 words cover categories such as: "Sex, Depression, Bullying, Suicide, Drugs, Alcohol and Racism."

When a Washington Post reporter set it up, it caught everything from a story about Hugh Hefner's ex (because of the word "Crystal" which could refer to meth) to an Ernest Hemingway quote (“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools”).

A review I read said some of the words were: "40, drink, trees and party." Trees? Am I old now, because what does "trees" mean?

Oh, wait, I guess it means drugs. Here are top 20 words generating parental notifications:
1. HATE (bullying/racism)
2. PARTY (alcohol/drugs)
3. STUPID (bullying)
4. UGLY (bullying)
5. X (alcohol/drugs)
6. DAMN (bullying)
7. KILL (bullying/racism)
8. FIRE (drugs)
9. A** (bullying/racism)
10. TREES (drugs)
11. SH*T (drugs/bullying/racism)
12. BUSTED (drugs)
13. FREAK (bullying)
14. POSER (bullying)
15. DRINK (alcohol/drugs
16. ICE (drugs)
17 LOVE (sex)
18. BITCH (bullying)
19. LOSER (bullying)
20. MONKEY (sex/bullying)
20. HOMO (bullying)
20 SEX (sex)

Too bad that love is one of the trigger words.

The Washington Post also says, "For checking cellphones, My Mobile Watchdog and Mobile Spy track text messages. My Mobile Watchdog, which costs $9.95 a month and does not work for iPhones, is not spyware. The telephone user knows he or she is being monitored. Mobile Spy, which costs $99.97 for the year, can be put on a phone without the user knowing about it."

I don't know. I think I would just rather talk to Teen.

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Tags: facebook, social media, teens, twitter, words have power
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