What is parental social media monitoring?

What is parental social media monitoring?

Social media safety for children and young people is a big concern for many parents. Whilst many social media platforms have a minimum age requirement of 13 years to have an account or profile, a 2017 study found that around half of children aged 11-12 already have them. There are no age restrictions on viewing public social media posts or YouTube content – anyone with internet access can do this.

Reasons why parents monitor their children’s social media

The ways in which social media is used by this age group (11-16 years) can have a big impact on their mood and how they view themselves, especially in comparison to others. It’s no wonder that many parents are worried about the impact of social media on the lives and wellbeing of their children! This is one reason why some parents feel that they need to monitor what their child is doing online to some degree, to help ensure their safety and be aware of any risks to their child’s wellbeing.

There are a number of different ways that parents can keep an eye on what their children are doing on social media.

Apps for parents to monitor social media

There are a number of apps available which enable parents to monitor their children’s use of social media. Most of these apps operate by allowing parents to directly view their children’s social media posts and their online interactions.

However, at Wing, we believe that a non-intrusive approach works best to maintain the trust between parent and child. Wing doesn’t spy on your children, but it does help parents to understand their child’s emotional world from their online behaviour and activity.

Whilst there might be several options for social media monitoring apps for parents, Wing is the only one currently which works in this way.

The best social media monitoring tools for parents

At Wing, we believe that a great way for parents to stay in touch with their child’s online behaviours and wellbeing is to use the app to open regular discussions with the child.

Wing uses advanced AI techniques and machine learning to recognise what is ‘normal’ online behaviour for the child, meaning the app can recognise and report on potential problems without the child feeling that they are being spied on.

Find out more about how Wing works.