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

So glad I'm not the only one.
Besides, kids could probably find a million ways around it. I've heard of kids trading SIM cards so they're parents are really tracking them.
Yeah, I totally agree. I'm not a mother, but I'm an aunt, and my thirteen year old niece comes to be about almost everything. We talk all the time about what's going on in her life. My mother talked to me too. She never spied on me (that I know of... I dunno, she could be really good at it), and we have a very close relationship because of it.

By the way, I forgot to mention to you that I read "Girl, Stolen". It was very good, and made me want to pick up the Triple Threat Series. I've read all of them, just finished "Heart of Ice" a few days ago, and they are all fantastic! I can't wait until your new book is released, and I hope there's more to the Triple Threat Series! :D Good luck with all of your future books :)
Why thank you! Currently knee deep in Eyes of Justice.

I actually know a couple of sociopaths... although not quite as bad as Elizabeth.
Yeah, talking to your teen seems the most obvious way to keep track of them. They won't tell you everything, but if you listen, they'll tell you enough.