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What’s Going On?

Over the past 24 hours, there’s been growing news coverage of an alleged “game” named Momo. It’s played on Facebook and WhatsApp by chatting with unknown individuals at contact numbers shared through social media. The individuals on the other end of the contact number are said to reply back with aggressive and graphically violent images, along with threats and instructions to do harm. It seems like a combination of the Blue Whale Challenge and the disturbing Slenderman myth.

What Can You Do?

We highly recommend removing chat apps like Whatsapp and Facebook from your kids devices where possible, and locking down the phone through device restrictions:

Having your kids access the Internet solely through WebProtectMe Safe Browser (iOS or Android) will help you keep an eye on what’s going on in their world and any unexpected behavioral changes.

What is WebProtectMe Doing?

We’ve added “momo” and other related keywords to our default list of blocked self harm search phrases. We’ll be keeping an eye on this to help keep your family safe.

 

If you have any questions or need help, just let us know: help@webprotectme.com


We’re very pleased to announce that WebProtectMe has released new privacy enhancements for all customers. These also fully comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • Updated Privacy Policy – Our privacy policy has been restructured to better explain the types of data WebProtectMe stores, and how long we keep that data around. We also include links to the privacy and data retention policies of our vendors. We want you to be comfortable with how we take care of your data.
  • Granular Consent – We’ve separated agreeing to our Terms of Service from granting us permission to contact you with information about WebProtectMe. You can change your contact settings anytime from: webprotectme.com/admin/account
  • Right to be Forgotten – We love being able to serve you, and understand sometimes you may want to delete your account information. You can now do that on-demand from webprotectme.com/admin/account
  • Data Export – Your data is your data. If you’d like to keep a copy for safe keeping, or use it somewhere else on the Internet, you can request a portable copy of your data from WebProtectMe Support. Just let us know, and we’ll send an e-mail to your primary admin account with download links to copies of your account settings and protection settings. Premium customers also receive links to copies of their purchase history and browsing activity.

If you signed up for WebProtectMe before these changes went into place, please review and agree to our new policies by going to: webprotectme.com/update_consent

Your privacy is important to us, and we want you to feel comfortable.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!


Protect your favorite Kindle Fire device with Safe Browser!

You’ve asked for Safe Browser on Kindle Fire and we heard you loud and clear! We’re proud to announce that WebProtectMe Safe Browser is now available for Kindle Fire!

Safe Browser for Kindle Fire brings all the same great protection and privacy features you expect from WebProtectMe:

  • Customized protection…block or allow exactly the sites you think are right for your family.
  • Strict Safe Search on Google, YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia and many more.
  • Monitor web activity for each WebProtectMe user on your account through WebProtectMe Guardian™.
  • SafeArmor™ protects the privacy of your web browsing from snooping in public places…or in countries that inspect traffic.
  • Comprehensive device restrictions block access to apps you don’t want freely accessible on your family’s devices.
  • Commercial strength anti-virus & anti-phishing technology to protect your family from sites looking to attack you.
  • …and much more!

 

Available today for all WebProtectMe Premium members!
(Not Premium? Upgrade at webprotectme.com/upgrade)

How to get it.

It’s simple…download Safe Browser for Kindle Fire by following these instructions.

 

Safe Browser for Kindle Fire is included for Premium members!

(Not premium? Upgrade at webprotectme.com/upgrade!)

 

If you have any questions, we’d love to help: help@webprotectme.com


Protect your favorite Android device with Safe Browser!

You requested Android support and we listened! We’re proud to announce that WebProtectMe Safe Browser is now available for Android on Google Play!

Whether you have a Samsung, LG, Motorola or hundreds of other Android devices that support the Google Play store, you can now protect all of the Android devices in your home!
(Android 5.1 or newer required)

Safe Browser for Android brings all the same great protection and privacy features you expect from WebProtectMe:

  • Customized protection…block or allow exactly the sites you think are right for your family.
  • Strict Safe Search on Google, YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia and many more.
  • Monitor web activity for each WebProtectMe user on your account through WebProtectMe Guardian™.
  • SafeArmor™ protects the privacy of your web browsing from snooping in public places…or in countries that inspect traffic.
  • Comprehensive device restrictions block access to apps you don’t want freely accessible on your family’s devices.
  • Commercial strength anti-virus & anti-phishing technology to protect your family from sites looking to attack you.
  • …and much more!

Available today for all WebProtectMe Premium members!
(Not Premium? Download for free and start your 14-day free trial in-app!)

How to get it.

It’s simple…download Safe Browser 1.0.1793 on the Google Play store:

 

 

Safe Browser for Android is included for Premium members!

(Not premium? Download for free and start your 14-day free trial in-app!)

 

If you have any questions, we’d love to help: help@webprotectme.com


Tamarah Rockwood
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Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
― Anne Frank

A more telling statement could not be made.

These days, parents have more than one battle to fight to keep their kids safe. We want them to brush their teeth to fight cavities. Look both ways before crossing the street. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t eat bugs. Wash your hands to kill germs…

Letting our kids go online is an entirely different beast, altogether.

The Internet can be treacherous from any angle. From anonymous strangers online to virus attacks to identity theft to explicit content…parents are in for battling more than just bumps and bruises. They are battling for their children’s lives.

But where do we start in our relentless journey of protecting the ones we love?

Thanks to search engines, the unending amount of information on how to filter the Internet is available at the click of a button.

Unfortunately, not all information is reliable.

Even the questions we ask are cross examined.

Should parents monitor their kids’ activities online?

While some parents have an emphatic, “Yes! Obviously! Children are too young to see explicit content!” other parents may say, “I don’t see why. They will find inappropriate content anyway.”

The widespread use of technology among teens is a subject which divides parents across the country. Finding the balance between allowing free reign of technology, and filtering content, is tough.

Many parents have concerns about what teens are exposed to online. Some problem areas are behaviors in which teens engage in during online exposure, the people with whom they talk, and even more frightening, finding inappropriate content on accident.

Parents have a method of filtering violent, inappropriate and threatening content from online use through WebProtectMe Safe Browser, along with Guardian’s world-class monitoring, to ensure their kids’ online activities are what they say they are.

But what other questions can parents ask in order to make sure they are on top of the continual changes in technology?

The best way to tackle any difficult subject is by education.

What are the pros and cons of monitoring our children’s online activities? Are there repercussions we should be aware of, or should we be vigilant in championing for our kids?

These are the questions we should be asking.

Tamarah is wife of Ben, Mother of 5, homeschooling steward, keeper of chickens, gardens and endless projects...and writing about all of it on her blog and for major websites. (views on Tamarah's blog and social media are her own)