Thanks to this article from KYW Radio in Philadelphia (Come on South Jersey and Philly peeps sing along with Trench…KYW…News Radio…1060) I was introduced to a Facebook app called Friend Verifier. It’s an app that allows you to check your kids’ Facebook friends list for sex offenders.
The first thing you’ll need is a Friend Verifier account which is free. The second thing you’ll need is the login and password of the Facebook account you’ll be checking. Remember, you’re the parent. You should already have all of your kids’ logins.
Log in to your child’s Facebook account then go to the Friend Verifier website log in to your FV account then click on the button that says ‘Scan all friends for sex offenders’. It doesn’t hurt to check your own Facebook friends list either. Thankfully mine came up empty but I can say that at least in that way it works.
However even Friend Verifier will tell you that not every search is perfect and may miss a sex offender in their scan due to whatever information is already out there.
Wile FV is a great tool no tool is perfect and once again I remind you that as a parent you’re the only true defense between online predators and your kids.