Artimys Aims to Help Parents Protect, Not Overprotect Kids from Social Media Threats

Artimys Language Technologies is launching applications that attempt to help parents walk the fine line between being overbearing and being oblivious to the threats their children face when using social media.

ArtimysActivitySummaryArtimys Language Technologies is launching applications that attempt to help parents walk the fine line between being overbearing and being oblivious to the threats their children face when using social media.

The company launched a Kickstarter campaign Monday aimed at raising $50,000 to develop apps that will use machine-learning technology to help parents monitor text-based messages their children receive from social networks including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and text messages.

The first app Artimys intends to develop, Spitball, will function as a messaging inbox on Android devices, aggregating all of a kid’s social activity in one place and using algorithms to discover threats such as bullying and sexual predation. Potential concerns are listed and sent to parents or guardians.

Up next for Artimys will be Fireball, which is intended for parents’ iOS or Android phones so that they can receive communications from Spitball. Parents can adjust settings to determine how much of their kids’ content they see.

Artimys founder and CEO Bob Dillon said in a release announcing the Kickstarter campaign:

There’s a fine line for parents between protecting their children and spying on them. Spitball and Fireball let parents decide how much they want to see, and our system alerts them when messages should be of concern based on their content, not just keywords.

Parents think nothing of spending $20 or $30 on covers and screen protectors that protect their kids’ phones, so it should be a no-brainer for them to spend a one-time fee of $10 to protect their kids from the dangers they could face while using that device.

Readers: What are your initial thoughts on Spitball and Fireball?