We are a very plugged in family. Between working from home and homeschooling, at least one person in our home is accessing the internet almost all of our waking hours. Many times all three of us are on at once via Kindles, laptops, smartphone, etc. This includes Caroline who is already quite savvy with utilizing a laptop, a Kindle, and an ipod. I struggle with trying to strike the balance between allowing her freedom to learn and play online with keeping her from harm lest she end up in some corner of the internet that is a cesspool of vileness. When I had the opportunity to learn more about a new internet safety app, I was sure it would interest not only me but probably also the vast majority of my readers. (In the interest of disclosure, I was compensated for my time to share this information with you.) So let me tell you a little bit about the Gryphon online safety app.
Online Safety for Children
The digital age brings a wealth of information and conveniences, but we cannot ignore the risks it poses for the family. Most children are exposed to the Internet at the age of 6, and 70% of children see inappropriate content by accident. The average family has 10 Internet-connected devices and counting, creating new security threats and vulnerabilities. However, the existing parental control tools are too complicated to use and expensive with annual subscriptions.
Gryphon is a powerful yet convenient approach to online safety. Gryphon combines a high-performance WiFi router and a simple-to-use smartphone app, making it easy for parents to manage the connected home from anywhere. All security features are built directly within the router itself, eliminating the need to install additional apps on your connected devices. Setting up the Gryphon router takes just three steps and a simple tap with the Gryphon app. Grant access to specific websites, restrict internet access during various times of the day (such as during sleep and homework), and monitor your connected home devices like thermostats or cameras to prevent hacking. This can be done on your smartphone from anywhere. The app even features a social collaboration tool, so you can work together with fellow homeschooling parents to create a safer Internet for everyone, by recommending and rating specific websites.
The people behind Gryphon have worked hard over the last year on the design and the software platform and they have launched a Kickstarter campaign today for the final production of Gryphon. You can go to http://www.gryphonconnect.com to find out more about the product and the campaign.
If you are interested in seeing better options for keeping kids safe online, please check out the Gryphon Kickstarter program and consider contributing.