RedFlag is a Facebook parental control app that alerts you as a parent when your child is exposed to risky "friends." This non-intrusive Facebook parental monitoring service continuously scans your child’s database of Facebook friends using RedFlag’s proprietary algorithms to spot suspicious characteristics that identify---and alert you---to potentially risky or inappropriate profiles. You then have the opportunity to review each of these friend’s profiles and mark them as "safe" or "restricted" for your child.
No responsible parent would let his or her child travel alone to a strange neighborhood to meet and talk with people he or she doesn’t know or trust - people who might deliberately deceive young children, trying to manipulate or exploit them. Yet that’s exactly the kind of risk parents can be taking when they allow their children to social network online without some kind of monitoring or parental control of Facebook friends.
That’s where RedFlag can help. The free parental control app is designed for protecting kids on Facebook from individuals who know the social networking scene and know how to exploit it to reach and potentially abuse children. Whether it’s a sexual predator, an online bully, or someone who simply doesn’t understand the limits of acceptable behavior, RedFlag helps you identify these people and prevent them from harming your son or daughter.
Sign up for RedFlag’s free monitoring service for Facebook
RedFlag is to the Facebook social network what anti-virus software is to your PC: a web-based application that helps you analyze and identify risky Facebook friends. It installs in only a few seconds as a plug-in on your child’s Facebook account to protect kids and families from predators and other dangerous threats. There’s no cost to use the basic service and you can sign up now in a matter of a few minutes.
RedFlag shows you "flagged friends" on Facebook (Figure 1) that exhibit unusual or suspicious profiles or characteristics. Parents can then review each of these friend profiles and mark them as “safe” or “restricted” to help protect their kids on Facebook (Figure 2).
As the most popular and fastest growing social network, Facebook has more than 660 million users worldwide, including 29 million children under the age of 18 in the U.S. and Canada alone. Given its phenomenal growth of 30 percent annually, it’s not surprising that Facebook attracts all kinds of people with a variety of motives and intentions.
Consumer Reports Magazine, in its June 2011 issue, noted that “Twenty-three percent of active Facebook users didn't know some of their "friends" well enough to feel completely comfortable about their own or their family's security or safety. An additional 6 percent admitted to having a friend who made them uneasy about those things. That means almost one in three Facebook users isn’t fully comfortable with all their friends.”
Numerous consumer advocates and media outlets have featured stories about the need for parental control and monitoring of Facebook to help protect children from individuals who typically misrepresent themselves.