SafetyWeb is a leader in cloud-based online safety and the company behind the SafetyWeb service, a Web-based internet monitoring service for parents that makes it easier to protect the reputation, privacy, and safety of kids online. SafetyWeb is also behind the SWOT™ service that is used by law enforcement nationwide to assist in the search of missing children.
SafetyWeb provides parents with comprehensive online reports and parental alerts on their child’s social networking activity and cellphone calls and text message activity. By helping parents know what their child is doing publicly online, SafetyWeb can help you protect your child’s reputation, privacy and online safety to preserve your child’s future and help bring you peace of mind.
SafetyWeb continuously scours the Web for information about your child, including profiles on over hundreds of social networking, photo, commerce and community sites where your child can leave information about themselves for the public to see (what we call a “digital footprint”). SafetyWeb parents can know what sites your child is using over time, and stay informed about what information they are sharing such as status updates, photos, videos, location, and any personal information that could potentially put their privacy, safety and online reputation at risk.
Know who your child is friends with online, and be alerted instantly if your child posts content related to certain topics such as depression, suicide, bullying, hate, profanity, drugs, alcohol, or custom content that could signal a potential danger or stranger contact.
SafetyWeb monitors more sites than any other competitor, including leading social networking sites your child may be using such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Photobucket, Formspring.me, hi5, bebo, Flickr, TwitPic, Friendster, Foursquare, Gowalla, and much more!
Parents can also monitor their child’s mobile phone use such as calls and text messages sent and received, all from one central place! Know who is calling and texting your child, and when your child is using his or her mobile phone.
While nothing can replace the responsibility a parent has to communicate with their child, SafetyWeb can help by making sure that you know what they are spending their time doing online. Together, we can help parents keep kids safer online while protecting their privacy and online reputation.
SafetyWeb provides free online parenting resources on a variety of social networking topics related to keeping kids safer online, including Cyberbullying, Sexting 101, Teens and Mobile Phones, Teens and Depression, avoiding Cyberstalking and much more. SafetyWeb content is freely available to any parent, educator, blogger or partner who wishes to distribute the content to their audience or through their site, as long as a link back to SafetyWeb.com is provided online.
Did you know that 38% of college admissions directors using social networking sites to review applicants admit that what they saw on applicant’s social profiles “negatively affected” their views of the applicant? That’s exactly what happened when SafetyWeb co-founder Geoffrey Arone was conducting college admissions interviews for his alma maters, Brown and M.I.T.. Geoffrey, like many technology-savvy recruiters are doing, used Google search to verify the candidates’ extra-curricular activity claims, and while he found that most applicants told the truth on their admissions essays and application, it was the information that he found on their social profiles through sites like Facebook, MySpace, and other social networking sites that surprised him.
“I was surprised by how the information that was publicly available about these high school students could be potentially damaging to their future college prospects, and future job prospects, given that some of the content, photos and language being posted by the applicant did not cast the student in the best light. I thought that if my child were applying to college, I’d want to know that they were putting their best foot forward both in their application and through their online persona. There had to be a better way to know what information my child already had posted into the public domain, and a better way to manage the content they continued to post online over time. That’s how the idea of SafetyWeb was born!”
Geoffrey enlisted co-founder Michael Clark to help build the service, which has been helping parents monitor their child’s online activity and now mobile activity, since late 2009.
Founded in 2009 by Geoffrey Arone and Michael Clark, SafetyWeb is backed by Battery Ventures. Michael and Geoffrey have not only worked on web sites that combined service over 200 million registered users, but have also assisted in the arrest and prosecution of dozens of sex offenders.
Geoffrey is a repeat entrepreneur with > 12 years of successful product development. Prior to SafetyWeb, Geoffrey founded “A Large Corporation” (a collection of social media sites) with MC Hammer. He raised two rounds of venture capital and sold the company to SportsNet in 2009.
Geoffrey also founded the social web browser Flock, which was acquired by Zynga in January 2011. At Flock, Geoffrey helped come up with the original vision, raised 3 rounds of venture funding, and grew the organization from 2 to 30 employees. Flock has > 14 million installs.
Geoffrey has also held Product positions at Real Networks and Oracle.
Geoffrey holds a Sc.B. in Neural Science from Brown University and an MBA from M.I.T. He also holds two patents in structured metadata architecture.
Michael has built infrastructure to support some of the biggest sites on the web including Photobucket.com and TinyPic.com. Prior to SafetyWeb, Michael was the first executive hire and architect at Photobucket and scaled their infrastructure to accommodate > 110 million registered users with over 8 billion images. He built the development, operations, and customer support teams to keep up with the growth and helped lead Photobucket to a 0 million exit to News Corporation.
Michael has also held positions at NetApp, led development for solid state storage products at TiGi, built a telecom engineering organization at TouchAmerica, and helped build Citrix’s consulting services organization. He has over 15 years of direct experience building scalable systems.
Michael holds a B.A. in Public Affairs and B.A. in Human Communication from the University of Denver.