Anti-Sexting and Anti-Cyberbullying Facebook App Gives Parents a New Tool to Protect Their Children

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A Dallas-area company has developed an app that's available on a free trial basis to parents who want to protect their children from cyberbullies and sexting on Facebook

Keeping an eye on Facebook just got easier

With children heading back to school, parents now have a new weapon in the war against sexting.

A Dallas-area company has developed a way for parents to monitor their child’s Facebook account, phone and computer for nudity and inappropriate messages.

It’s called EyeGuardian and it’s the brainchild of Steven W. White, a father of four and the founder of ImageVision.

“A couple of years ago the 13-year old daughter of a friend received an indecent photo of a teenage boy on her cell and when I went looking for some software to block nudity, I couldn’t find any,” explains White. “There were plenty of programs that could block adult language, but nothing that could analyze a photo to see if it was pornographic in nature.”

What he and his team of software engineers came up with is a cloud-based app that protects children from the potential dangers of Facebook – identifying threats and dangers, flagging risky and unusual behavior, monitoring friends and friend requests, and reviewing all pictures and videos posted in real time.

EyeGuardian is able to quickly scan all images and videos for nudity that are connected to your child’s Facebook profile.

The technology enables a computer to see an image—not just pixel matching but concept matching-- and to learn from that image. In other words, it applies intelligence when analyzing a scene or image and can tell the difference between a nude picture and a photo of someone in a swimsuit.

Internet porn is nothing new, but now teens don’t even have to look for it. Facebook allows any “Friend” to post inappropriate messages and images on their wall, viewable by their friends and the public – adding insult to injury and further damaging their reputation.

Facebook currently limits the age to 13 but it is easy to lie online about your age and many 8-12 year olds have Facebook accounts – exposing themselves to strangers, or posting innocent (or not so innocent) photos of them only to catch the attention of predators.

The phenomenon of sexting has made its way from high school down to elementary. Facebook has become the perfect storm for trouble. Vulnerable young people are revealing way too much personal information and older sexual predators scour social media sites for their prey.
Social networking also makes children the target of cruel jokes from their peers, cyberbullying and crude language in general. While you still cannot get into an R-rated movie, if you are under 17, you can hardly help run across sexually explicit language, photos and videos through Facebook.

According to a study by OnlineSchools.com, 11% of the parental population joined Facebook specifically for checking up on their kids. 41% of parents are looking at status updates, 39% of parents are reading wall posts, 29% of parents are looking at the pictures shared and, according to the research, 76% of parents check the computer’s internet history for their child’s activity. iGillottResearch Inc. for ImageVision also found that 78% of parents whose children had social networking accounts were “very concerned about inappropriate content”, yet, most of those parents were not able to log into their child’s accounts to monitor for it.

EyeGuardian can send parents an email and SMS text alert, notifying them when something inappropriate appears in their child’s account, including:

  •     Posts by others to your child’s "wall"
  •     Tagged Images
  •     Photo Albums
  •     User Posts
  •     Drug language and foul language
  •     Suspect individuals attempting to befriend your child
  •     Excessive time spent on Facebook's many Apps and Games

About Image Vision, Inc.

ImageVision, based in Anna, Texas, is the pioneer in automated visual filtering of nudity and objectionable content. Our solutions are designed to protect kids and adults from illicit and illegal visual imagery as well as to protect websites from the liability caused from user-shared content. Our automated visual filtering services are based on our patent-pending visual recognition and detection technology that provides vastly superior precision, accuracy, and speed over human-based content filtering.

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