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The Dangers of Facebook

Facebook may be more dangerous than you think.

Half of all Americans are already on Facebook. The fastest growing segment of new users are pre-teens and teens. With over 250 million daily users, over 10 million of those are underage.

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 themselves only to catch the attention of a predator.

Add to this the phenomenon of Sexting making its way from high schoolers down into elementary school children and this makes Facebook the perfect storm of vulnerable young people revealing way too much personal information about themselves in a way that sexual predators from a few years older to decades older can find and use against them.

Social networking also makes children the target of cruel jokes from their peers, cyber-bullying and crude language in general. While you still cannot get into an R-rated movie if you are under 17, you can hardly help running across sexually explicit language, photos and videos through Facebook.

Internet porn is nothing new, but you used to at least have to go looking for it. But Facebook allows any “friend” to post to your wall or comment to your posts and attach messages and images that not only hurt your child, but are seen by their friends and the public – adding insult to injury and further damaging their reputation.

Whether your child posts inappropriate messages or images of themselves, or whether they get “tagged” by another Facebook user attaching their name to an inappropriate image, their reputation – online, in school, and in the future just now forming, can be seriously damaged in mere seconds.

The average Facebook user has 135 friends, with women having far more friends than men on average. Each of those friends has an average of 135 friends.

Teens tend to have twice as many Facebook "Friends", as adults, on average. Most don’t realize that as a result, simply sharing with your own “network” (friends and friends of friends) is not safe because it exposes all your posts to tens of thousands, and potentially millions, of strangers.

Not only that, the average Facebook user is connected to 80 community pages, groups and events. Our ProfileWatch feature alerts you to these and other loop holes to your Facebook privacy neither you nor your child may realize.

These are just a few of the reasons that Facebook accounts need to be monitored by parents and guardians. Too much is at stake. Protect those you care about with EyeGuardian’s technology that is unique in its ability to also scan photos and videos for nudity.

EyeGuardian software also alerts you to your child’s new online friends that are suspicious, messages that have dirty words, and more – allowing you to easily monitor their activity and keep them safe from Facebook’s dangers on several fronts.

The greatest danger to teens on social media is not what they do online, but rather what others do and say about them.

Our low monthly charge puts EyeGuardian's ever-watchful eyes on their profiles so you have the peace of mind of being able to review and quickly respond to suspicious content.

Taking a wrong turn on Facebook can happen in seconds

We want parents to understand that the social aspect increases risk 100-fold from "simply being online" as it is not the same danger as merely blogging or surfing etc.

Seedy characters online is nothing new. Internet porn is nothing new. It used to be that you had to go looking for danger in order to encounter it online. However, today, social websites such as Facebook, have become wildly popular with youth and make connecting with bad influences and dangerous characters all too common.

Recently social media websites and and strangers happen in seconds!

That means that social websites, while making connections to friends and family also risk connecting your kids with the wrong types.

Facebook is one of the largest and most popular social sites enjoyed worldwide by all ages. Along with all the fun aspects of Facebook, it exposes youth to dangers on two fronts: older strangers attempting to befriend them based on their profile (age/gender/location/photo), and inappropriate material from peers.

Thanks in part to camera-phones, a lot of this seedy material now takes the form of sexual/revealing photos and videos.

Thankfully, eyeGuardian alerts you to possible dangers of all types. And we go farther to help you protect those in your care with our unique ability to analyze images (photos and videos) for nudity and obscene gestures.

Using eyeGuardian lets you know if inappropriate images are being sent or received from ANY of the doorways on Facebook (Home Wall, Feeds, Albums and Posts). We put you in the know so you can respond quickly in the best interest of those in your care.

Our low monthly charge puts eyeGuardian's ever-watchful eyes on their profiles so you have the peace of mind of being able to review and quickly respond to suspicious content.

How to Talk to Your Child About Facebook