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Local Tech Start Up Launches Only Free Social Media Monitoring Tool for Parents
By Elizabeth Parra - Thursday Mar 04, 2021
With data revealing over 85% of preteens in the U.S. are social media users, Cyber Dive, a progressive tech startup has designed a free online platform built by in-house engineers, that presents a child’s online data to parents in an unbiased manner. The web-based app strengthens relationships by allowing parents to easily view their children’s social accounts, understand their online activity and interests and achieve peace of mind—an increasingly relevant service at a time when children are more connected than ever.

This tool aims to eliminate the relevance of parenting styles when using the platform and brings awareness to a child’s mental health in correlation with their online activity. Cyber Dive gives parents the ability to monitor multiple social media accounts including Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Google, YouTube, VSCO and Discord, all on one platform. Cyber Dive’s dashboard provides insight into what a child is saying online, who they are interacting with, how active they are on specific social platforms, what they are searching for online and more. The tech startup plans to innovate and progress alongside social media by adding the latest social platforms to bridge the gap that parents face when allowing their children to be online. Compared to competing parental monitoring services that limit the parent’s access to data based on their device, Cyber Dive’s platform is equally compatible with all iOS and Android devices.

“We developed this first of its kind online platform because we acknowledge the nuanced challenges we must traverse as parents of digitally connected kids,” said Cyber Dive Co-Founder and CEO, Jeff Gottfurcht. “As parents of 8 to 14-year-olds, we often wonder, what are kids are doing on the internet, who they’re interacting with and how what they are seeing is impacting how they feel. If you’ve ever thought about how you can mitigate the risks your children face on social media, we’ve taken those ideas and created a free, comprehensive, and easy-to-use tool. It helps keep them safe—and keeps you in the know about what your child is being exposed to and exploring.”

Cyber Dive was created by Co-Founder and CEO Jeff Gottfurcht and Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Derek Jackson who set out to get a better grasp on social media for families everywhere including their own. Gottfurcht was the first person in the world to summit Mt. Everest with Rheumatoid Arthritis and worked on Wall Street for 14 years as a Senior Vice-President at leading global financial firms. Jackson is an ex-military intelligence officer who previously served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, where his intelligence work focused on the social media activity of U.S. adversaries and radical insurgents.

Cyber Dive partnered with Phoenix Dream Center to collaborate on preventative measures to be taken against cases of human trafficking that are initiated online. The Phoenix Dream Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to stop human trafficking, end childhood hunger and educate future leaders. This partnership will allow Cyber Dive to enhance the intelligence of their AI software based on the knowledge and insight from the Phoenix Dream Center. This integration will further protect children from online predators and keep parents informed of potential grooming signs making Cyber Dive’s monitoring platform an integral resource in putting an end to human trafficking.

Cyber Dive prioritizes the issue of cyberbullying through its advanced software. According to the McAfee’s consumer research department, 87% of young people have seen cyberbullying online but most do nothing about it. Ditch the Label published in their bullying survey that 47% of cyberbullying victims will develop social anxiety, 37% will develop depression, and 26% will have suicidal thoughts.

“We’ve seen that nearly 9 out of 10 kids avoid telling their parents about the negative things they see happening online. This leaves parents struggling to keep up, and oblivious to what’s happening beneath the surface,” said Derek Jackson, Cyber Dive Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer. “As an intelligence officer, my team’s job was to dig through extensive social media data and provide only the most time-sensitive information to the commander to make life-altering decisions. We took that mindset and made the parents, the commander. We show them what’s most important, so they can initiate necessary conversations and directly impact how their child navigates social media.”

Parents can sign up for Cyber Dive free of charge, from any device. For more information visit cyberdive.co.

About Cyber Dive
Cyber Dive is a free online platform designed for modern parents to leverage social media as a tool to build stronger relationships with their children. Cyber Dive’s proprietary software was built by in-house engineers with the purpose of presenting a child’s online data to their parents in a simple and unbiased manner. Presenting data in a neutral way widens the target audience of parents by eliminating the relevance of parenting styles. Cyber Dive encourages the progression of the digital age by not providing restrictive features on the child’s social media accounts. The company’s mission is to encourage the development of healthy online habits while bridging the digital gap between parents and children. For more information, please visit cyberdive.co.