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Oh Baby: Monitoring your kids on Facebook

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Would you like to monitor what your children are doing on Facebook, but don't want to spend hours reading their status updates or invade their privacy too much?

A new company is offering a service that does just that.
Parents can receive email alerts whenever there is questionable activity on the account.

Kim Wood likes to keep tabs on her two teenagers Facebook pages.
But instead of looking at their page, she just checks her e-mail.

"I discovered that my child has changed her Facebook login so I can't get in," Wood said.

She discovered that thanks to Minor Monitor.

Austin, Texas-based Infoglide Software uses the same technology they created for airports to check passengers through the terrorist watch list and applies it to Facebook.

It tracks any activity on your child's page that deals with sex, alcohol, drugs, or suicide.

"We send you an e-mail immediately when something like that shows up on your child's Facebook and you need to know that," Schultz said.

If your child is tagged in a picture on someone else's page it alerts you.
You can also find out what time of day your kid is on Facebook and what they're up to.

Plus the technology keeps tabs on who is friends with your child.

"Friends that befriend your child who aren't friends with other friends of your child, the lone wolf, that's the one you want to watch out for," Schultz said.

So you might wonder why not just search your kids page instead of using the software?

"You are not really wanting to read your child's diary but you want to know if there is something bad, and that's the approach," Schultz said.

Making it less invasive, still you need your child's login name and password.

As for Woods' daughter Katy changing her password and not telling her parents.
"We'll definitely have a little talk this afternoon."

To go to Minor Monitoring's website, click here.

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