ThirdParent Announces Free Audits for a Limited Time

Good news parents: We are very pleased to announce that for a limited time getting a ThirdParent Social Score is FREE (normally a $49 value).

If a college admissions officer of future employer looked for your child online, what would she find?ThirdParent-social-score

ThirdParent’s Social Score is the latest tool to enable better digital parenting, a critical task that most parents find daunting and some, downright impossible. We all know that our teens and tweens are spending hours per day online and on their phones, and that it’s impossible to stay on top of everything. We also know that you value your teen’s privacy. We do as well.

Our Social Score provides parents with a full summary of who and where your teen is online – publicly that is. We scour the internet and social media to locate accounts and social media sites, and flag any public activity that may be unsafe or inappropriate. Each flagged item includes a recommendation for how to handle the situation.

The initial audit gives you the basic outline of what has been happening with your child over the last 12 months. After the initial audit, our ongoing monitoring ($15/month, you can cancel ay time) provides you with daily alerts that flag unsafe or inappropriate activity.

We do not ask for user names or passwords, and private information stays private.

A free version of our service has been a goal of ours since the beginning. We are pleased to announce our free trial for a limited time. Sign up today. There’s nothing to lose.

 

 

 

 

Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring child and teen internet activity.

Work at a high school or college? We have custom solutions for monitoring dangerous or inappropriate activity. Learn more.

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New Kickstarter – A Free Version of ThirdParent Social Score

Kickstarter-buttonWe are pleased to announce that we are taking ThirdParent in a new direction, and launching a Kickstarter campaign today to get the ball rolling.

The fact of the matter is that when we launched ThirdParent, we knew that we were introducing a new and different way of offering digital parenting support. Our beliefs about the current state of affairs at that time, most of which are still true, were as follows:

  • Parents weren’t doing enough to ensure safe and responsible internet behavior. This goes not just for older teens, but also for younger kids new to the internet
  • Part of the reason was that existing tools fell far short of providing a good solution
  • Blocking or filtering software could be worked around by resourceful teens
  • Keylogging or other spying software fell short in the privacy department, and required a huge time commitment of the part of parents

Since our launch, the social media and app landscape has only gotten more complex, and the available digital parenting resources haven’t improved that much.

The ThirdParent solution, which respects and protects kids’ privacy while giving parents an accurate snapshot of what kids are doing publicly online solves most of these issues.

We are launching this Kickstarter campaign in order to build out a free version of the ThirdParent product.

That’s right, we’re going to make a Lite version of our service free. If we are successful, parents will be able to access what we think is the best digital parenting resource for free. We want to help parents understand what kids and teens are doing online, and we want our solution to be accessible to everyone.

If you could take a moment to check out our campaign on Kickstarter, share it with friends or even donate, we will be extremely grateful.

 

 

 

 

 

Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring child and teen internet activity.

Work at a high school or college? We have custom solutions for monitoring dangerous or inappropriate activity. Learn more.

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Big Price Reduction for ThirdParent Services

We’ve been working at this digital parenting thing for a couple of years now, and have a big announcement to make.

We’re lowering the price of ThirdParent services by up to 75% effective immediately. This is not a sale – it’s a permanent change. Effective today, pricing for ThirdParent’s Social Score audit and monitoring services are as follows:

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Basic – One-time audit (Social Score) – $49.95

Preferred – Social Score plus ongoing monitoring with daily alerts – $49.95 + $9.95/month

Signature – Social Score plus ongoing monitoring with daily alerts and a full re-audit every 6 months – $49.95 + $14.95/month

Over the past nine months, we’ve rebuilt our process and our technology from the ground up with the goals of leveraging all that we’ve learned over the last 2+ years and optimizing our technology platform to deliver the most user friendly results. As a result we are now prepared to deliver the best possible value to our subscribers. That’s up to a 75% discount vs. prior pricing.

Click the image below for a live demo of our Social Score platform.

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If you’re not familiar with ThirdParent, the premise is pretty straightforward: We believe that most parents trust their kids (including what they are doing online), but are at a loss for appropriate tools that help ensure that internet activity is both safe and responsible. Trust but verify.

We don’t ask for user names or passwords and there is no software to download. Content that was meant to be private stays that way. All results are confidential. Parent/child trust is maintained.

Digital parenting can be a challenge when the online tools, apps and platforms that your kids and teens are using are different from what you’re used to. We are pleased to offer the latest, and best, version of our platform to parents at more affordable prices. Let’s do digital parenting better.

 

 

 

Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring child and teen internet activity.

Work at a high school or college? We have custom solutions for monitoring dangerous or inappropriate activity. Learn more.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more news and information on keeping your teens safe online. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter below.

 

 

 

 

 

Help For Parents Struggling to Monitor Internet Activity

If you’re a parent who is not particularly active in the world of social media and apps, what is your reaction if you encounter one of the following?

  • You see on the news that a local school has been evacuated and a teen arrested after a threat was posted on the anonymous app Yik Yak
  • A local TV station runs a story about a pre teen girl who was abducted after being contacted by an adult on Instagram
  • A nearby high school football team is suspended after taunting another team on Twitter
  • The school sends home a letter warning parents about a rash of cyberbullying incidents, particularly on messaging apps and a social network called fm

tween-online-activitySome of the above are fairly rare, but some are all too common, particularly cyberbullying. As a concerned parent, what do you do if you’ve never used Instagram, never heard or Yik Yak or Ask.fm and generally don’t know where to start when talking to your kids about internet and social media safety and responsibility?

Too often, parents’ reaction is to offer a vague warning to their kids, or shrug their shoulders and hope for the best. After all, your kids are good people, and they know right from wrong.

That response leaves a little to be desired.

Of course, your mindset and response could be more proactive. For example, this week Toni Birdsong from Intel’s McAfee division wrote a great article titled “7 Overlooked Ways To Figure Out What Your Kids Are Up To Online”, which is a very good primer for a parent who wants to get started with monitoring and guiding internet behavior.

All of her suggestions are good, but some of them do pose a challenge for a some parents – they either require at least a minimum level of sophistication in dealing with the internet, apps and social media, or they take time – perhaps lots of time.

What about a software solution? Well, installing keyloggers on devices will take even more time to monitor. Installing blocking or filtering software can invoke evasive behavior that you may never know about.

If you’re a parent who only uses a smartphone to make calls and don’t even have a Facebook account, or find that there are nowhere near enough hours in the days as it is, ThirdParent has a solution for you.

We offer the digital parenting industry’s first solution that outsources the work of finding your child’s public accounts and monitoring activity to a third party (us!). We give you access to a confidential Parent Portal with your child’s accounts and activity, and recommendations on how to correct, fix or clean up unsafe or inappropriate activity.

We do the work for you, while at the same time respecting your child’s privacy by not requiring you to submit user names or passwords. Private content stays private, and we give you the tools to correct the public missteps that have been made, or prevent them from happening in the first place.

When it comes time to apply for college or a job, if there’s a cyberbullying accusation at school, or if you are simply worried about your child staying safe in a world where you don’t spend a lot of time, the ThirdParent solution can put your family in the best position possible.

Have a question? Please let us know.

 

Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring child and teen internet activity.

Work at a high school or college? We have custom solutions for monitoring dangerous or inappropriate activity. Learn more.

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook for more news and information on keeping your teens safe online. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter below.

ThirdParent Adds New Teen Intern Focused on Cyberbullying

We are pleased to announce the newest addition to the ThirdParent team. Taylor Stewart of Danville, Kentucky joins us in the capacity of intern and teen cyberbullying specialist.

tylor-stewart-thirdparentThe story of how we found Taylor can be found in a post we wrote earlier this month, titled Interview with Feel-Good Anonymous High Scholl Tweeter @BCHSAnonymous – in which we told her heartwarming story.

At the time we wrote it, the true identity of the Twitter account’s owner was still a mystery. The Good Samaritan has since been revealed to be high school senior (just graduated!) Taylor Stewart. After we published our account, Taylor reached out to us and told us that she was interested in continuing to have a positive impact against cyberbullying, and asked if we would be willing to have her join the team. We gladly agreed, and she is on board as of this week. Taylor’s bio:

Taylor is the newest addition to the ThirdParent team, joining in 2014. As an internet-obsessed teenager, Taylor provides parents and professionals a young adult’s perspective on all things cyber. She works to promote safe and responsible internet behavior and is an advocate for anti-cyberbullying and online positivity.Taylor will attend Western Kentucky University as an Honors College student and major in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. After graduation, she plans to teach at the high school level. Outside of ThirdParent and her anti-bullying activities, Taylor enjoys music, reading, and traveling.

At ThirdParent we spend a lot of time and effort developing resources for parents related to cyberbullying. While schools and sometimes law enforcement play a role after the fact in cyberbullying cases, we believe that parents are on the front line in ensuring that it doesn’t happen in the first place. What better way for us to have a more profound impact than to have an actual teen and student voice as part of our team?

The @BCHSAnonymous account at Boyle County High School has recently been passed on to another anonymous student, but its spirit and positive impact will continue to be a fixture in the school.

Welcome aboard Taylor.

Have a question for Taylor? You can contact her here.

 

Contact ThirdParent any time for help and resources for monitoring child and teen internet activity.

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Announcing the New ThirdParent

Things have been very busy here at ThirdParent, and today we are very pleased to announce our relaunch and rebranding.

ThirdParent-bannerThere are a number of things we are looking forward to talking about and showing the world, and a few very important things that have not changed one iota.

What hasn’t changed:

  • Gary, Kevin, Rob and the entire ThirdParent team have been here since day one, and we continue to toil away.
  • Our commitment to providing parents with unique resources that allow them to guide safe and responsible internet behavior by their teens and pre teens.
  • Our belief that the internet offers opportunities for children and teens everywhere to grow, learn, connect and explore.

thirdparent-parent-portalWhat has changed:

  • Our new Parent Portal launches this week. This totally new platform offers parents a secure, intuitive and easy-to-navigate interface to view their family’s data, as well as helpful links to resources and educational material.
  • A new website. You’re on it right now, and if you remember the old website, you might understand why we are proud of where we’ve come.
  • A new look. Our logos and branding are completely new.
  • A new marketing partnership. We’ve teamed with New Jersey marketing pros Oxford Communications to help refine our look and get the ThirdParent message out there.
  • A new Lead Developer. The most important hire that we’ve made is the addition of an extremely talented Lead Developer, who is now leading our programming, database and overall platform effort.

We want to hear from you. Whether you’re parent, an educator or a community leader, if you are looking for resources that help close the gap between what kids are doing online and what the older generation might not understand, please let us know.

 

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Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 11.24.11 AMIntuit Small Business Big Game Contest, and in the process had to dig deep to tell our story in a very brief comment (600 characters, which isn’t a lot). The winner of the contest will win a professionally produced television commercial in this year’s Superbowl – a very big deal indeed.

 

Our initial submission:

ThirdParent offers a unique service for parents – an audit of the public-facing internet and social media footprint and activity of teens and tweens.

For younger kids, we limit the risk of an unwanted meeting with a stranger and ensure that content kids are viewing is age-appropriate. For teens, we minimize the risk that inappropriate online activity jeopardizes future opportunities.

Our professionals examine your child’s internet profile and history and monitor ongoing activity so that you don’t have to worry about any number of risks, dangers and negative consequences. We are parents too.

We made it through to Round Two (Yea Team!). The teams making to Round Two are going to be judged and 20 will be selected to go through to the semi finals.

Round Tow required submissions included a video and short answers to four questions.

The questions and our answers are as follows:

Why do they love your business?

Customers love our business because we provide a unique service that is highly valued by parents. The problem that we solve is that most parents don’t have the time or resources to stay up to speed with what their kids are doing on the internet. We give parents a clear roadmap of what is going on, and what steps need to be taken to ensure safe and responsible internet use.

 

What’s been your proudest moment?

Out proudest moment was when we refined our process to strike what we believe is the perfect balance between protecting the privacy of minors while at the same time giving the parents enough information to guide safe and responsible internet use. Since we care very much about privacy, finding that balance was very important to us.

 

What’s your best advice?

Our best advice to parents is to give your teens and pre teens enough freedom to grow and develop while taking advantage of all that the internet has to offer, while at the same time being on the lookout for actions or behaviors that are unsafe or irresponsible. Trust but verify. Our best advice to teens is that the internet can be permanent, so you need to guard your reputation online very carefully.

 

What makes your business special?

What makes our business unique is that most internet safety solutions involve either blocking minors from accessing content or platforms, or filtering what information they can access. We believe that if parents teach kids of any age to safely and responsibly navigate the online world, a much richer experience can be enjoyed.

If you want to vote for us, or check out some of the other entrants, you can follow this link to the Intuit Small Business Big Game Contest. Thanks for stopping by!

 

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