Having one new teen and another a bit younger, both knowing they're not allowed to have sex before their 42 (or I'm dead, whichever comes first) I had to try this.
Here's how it worked for me:
- I clicked the AOL link which took me to safesocial.com.
- The interface looked relatively sparse, but I did it anyway.
- I decided that since I too have social networking memberships, I'd try it on myself first to see how it went. I added my email and name to the 'who do you want to spy on' (my words not theirs) field and clicked submit.
- SafeSocial then sent me a link to my address telling me someone wants to monitor my social networking use. Do you really believe my 13 y/o daughter would consent to my monitoring her? (hint: not only no, but... you know the rest!)
- Since I was experimenting on me, I clicked 'agree'.
- Immediately SafeSocial squealed on me. It told me that I was on LinkedIn, which is not normally a site for kids. It then checked facebook and twitter.. both seemed ok (for now).
- My daughter will never allow my monitoring, nor should she have the option. I pay for her service, she's a minor in my charge, and I should be able to monitor without her consent. Love the idea of the service, but would have preferred to see it be more seamless.
- $9.99 isn't a bad price if the service actually delivers. I can say, I received multiple emails immediately upon signing on for the service.