Service Warns of Suspicious Online Activity

A new Web-based service, FamilySignal, helps parents monitor potentially inappropriate and/or dangerous online activity.

The subscription-based service employs natural language processing to detect social media activity referencing drugs, alcohol, sexual activity, bullying, harassment, and personal information. FamilySignal monitors what a child sends and receives over services such as Twitter and Facebook, and then sends real-time email or text alerts to parents when suspicious activity is detected.