Frequently Asked Questions
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SafeToNet’s award-winning software safeguards children and youngsters from online risks such as bullying, sextortion, abuse and aggression. It stops the young from making mistakes and prevents harmful messages from being sent on social networks and messaging apps.
SafeToNet has been created as a tool to support parents and legal guardians to safeguard their children against online risks. Our app aims to be a tool for children and young adults to allow them to explore the internet and establish relationships in a safer environment, and keep them from putting themselves in a position of risk. For this, we have developed an app that uses advanced technology and natural language processing to detect online concerns, allowing parents to be alerted of this in real time.
Very soon you will be able to explore SafeToNet on any model or make as long as it is a mobile device that runs on Android 6 or higher, or a mobile device that runs on iOS 10 or higher.
SafeToNet will be launched in the UK, Spain and Germany to begin with, with more countries along the way.
SafeToNet uses industry leading technology including artificial intelligence to analyse the messages that children send online. Computers are better than humans at detecting changes to behavioural patterns which is exactly what the SafeToNet software does. It then looks for risks that can hurt or harm a child and links those risks to the behaviour patterns to find areas of concern. The software never shows a parent what the child sent or shared. It is fully automated.
Very soon you will be able to download SafeToNet for Android and Apple devices from Google Play Store/App Store.
Your payment subscription is managed by your mobile application platform – Google Play Store for Android devices and App Store for Apple devices.
Each parent account can add a total of 20 child devices.
A visual on boarding guide is available for you on page 4 to help you set up your SafeToNet parent account – SafeToNet Handbook.
Alternatively please follow the steps below:
- – Tap on ‘Parent’s Device’ when entering the app;
- – Tap on ‘New user? Create an Account’;
- – Insert ‘First Name’, ‘Last Name’, and ‘Email Address’;
- – Insert chosen password;
- – Insert ‘Country of Residence’ and ‘Mobile Number’
- *Please be mindful of the mobile number you insert here, as this is the primary number linked to your account;
- – Confirm chosen email address.
You can add 1 parent account per subscription. Although the parent account could run on different devices at the same time, for security and functionality reasons, we recommend keeping it restricted to one main device, as it could cause clashes between commands if both parents try to action them at the same time.
To begin the on boarding process you will require simultaneous access to yours and your child’s device.
A visual on boarding guide is available for you on page 14 to help you set up your SafeToNet child account – SafeToNet Handbook.
Alternatively please follow the steps below:
- – Create your child’s profile on your parent’s dashboard;
- – Insert your child’s age, gender and country of residence’
- – Enter the provided 8-digit code on the child’s device;
- – Your child will give their consent to have SafeToNet installed on their device;
- – Your child will be asked to read and accept their ‘Rights’ explained in plain English;
- – Allow ‘Usage Data Access’;
- – Allow ‘Device Administrator’;
- – Allow ‘VPN Access’;
- – You are now ready to use the app.
On the parent dashboard you will find a little dot at the top of your child’s profile picture:
- – If the dot is green and your child’s profile picture is clear, you can be reassured that you have successfully connected your child’s device.
- – If instead a red circle with an exclamation mark is showing, that means that the connection is not yet fully completed. In this case the app will automatically prompt you to take the necessary steps to restore it.
A visual guide is also available on page 26 of our SafeToNet Handbook.
If you realize that your child’s device is still not successfully connected or if you face any difficulties, please don’t hesitate to contact support.
There are some circumstances in which you might need to regenerate the 8-digit code that had been used initially to connect your child’s device to yours. It could be that the connection wasn’t established correctly and you require another code to give it another try. It could also be that your child got a new phone and requires another code to connect their new device to yours. Either way, you as a parent will be able to regenerate it by simply tapping on the child’s profile you are trying to connect, and the system will prompt you to generate another code. Once the code has been generated, you as a parent will simply need to follow the same child on boarding steps completed initially.
A step-by-step on boarding guide is also available on page 22 of our SafeToNet Handbook.
SafeToNet’s goal is to act as a safeguarding tool to help open the dialog between parents and children about the issues that may arise when exploring the online world. We exist to raise the child’s awareness and to notify parents, encouraging conversation, while respecting the younger ones’ privacy. Our app upholds the value of a child’s right to privacy, this is why it never shares any of the content the child is sending or receiving with the parents. As a parent, you will not be able to see the content of any messages or images sent by your child unless they willingly choose to show you. Only when appropriate, we inform parents as to the types or themes of concern raised by a child’s behaviour or interactivity.
If your child’s device has successfully been connected to your device but the status shows as disconnected it could be for the following reasons:
- – SafeToNet has been uninstalled from your child’s device;
- – Another VPN has been installed;
- – SafeToNet Device Administrator has been removed from your child’s device (on Android devices)
- – SafeToNet Profile has been removed from your child’s device (on Apple devices)
On all of these occasions, however, you as a parent will receive a notification alerting you of these actions. If none of the above occurred, it could also be that your child’s device ran out of battery or a temporary loss of phone signal (e.g. airplane mode).
If the problem persists, please do not hesitate to contact customer support.
We understand the need for parents to easily see whether their child’s device is successfully connected. The connection of the child’s device is denoted by a small dot at the top of the child’s profile picture, which will change according to the following scenarios:
- – When a parent decides to lock the child’s device, the child’s profile will become grey and the small dot will show a lock icon.
- – In case the child’s device isn’t connected to the parent’s device, the child’s profile and the small dot will turn red and an exclamation mark will appear on it.
- – If the device is connected, the child’s profile will show a green small dot and a clear profile picture.
A step-by-step guide is also available on page 26 of our SafeToNet Handbook.
As we understand that learning how a new app works can sometimes be a challenging process, we at SafeToNet have created a visual guide to help you explore it. The guide can be found on page 24 of our SafeToNet Handbook.
Setting time schedules for your child’s device is as simple as setting up an alarm clock on your phone. You can select the day(s), Start Time and End Time of when you would like to apply the time schedules to your child’s device.
A step-by-step guide is also available on page 29 of our SafeToNet Handbook .
SafeToNet provides two different types of notifications to parents:
- – The General notifications which will give you information about new apps, their risks, new online trends and new potential threats in the online world.
- – The personalized notifications which are directly related to your child’s activity on their device. It will for example alert you when your child removes permissions or removes SafeToNet from the device.
To submit a lock/unlock command to your child’s device, you are required to complete the following steps:
- – Open the parent dashboard on your parent device and tap on the device you would like to apply the command to;
- – Choose ‘More’ in the ‘Safeguarding Status’ section on the device profile;
- – You will find the ‘Lock Device’ option in the bottom of that page;
- – When grey it means that the device is unlocked. To lock it, slide the button to the right, turning it orange.
- – The changes will be reflected on your child’s profile picture.
A step-by-step guide is also available on page 28 of our SafeToNet Handbook.
If the Lock Device button is grey and your child is still unable to access the device, check that the internet connection on both devices is still strong and that your child is successfully connected to your device. Sometimes commands can take a bit longer if there is a poor internet connection.
If you have tried this and are still facing the same issue, please do not hesitate to contact support.
If a parent locks the child’s device while the child is on an ongoing phone call, this command will terminate the call.
As we understand the importance of being contactable in case of an emergency, the child will still be able to receive and make phone calls during a device lock.
Deciding to logout of the app on a parent’s device will not disconnect the child’s device from the parent’s. SafeToNet will continue to run on the child’s device normally.
A child has the ability to logout of SafeToNet’s app, however, when doing this, they will be prompted to enter their parent’s password to complete this action. The child will also be able to remove it from their device, however the parent will be notified if this occurs.
Removing a child’s device profile that hasn’t yet been successfully connected will not impact you in any way. However, if the connection had already been successfully completed, deleting it will break the connection between the parent’s and the child’s device. Please bear in mind that this action can result in significant loss of profile information and statistics collected on that particular device.
You will be able to change your profile details as well as the one’s of your child’s profile. You can do so by going to the profile settings on your dashboard or the device bubble respectively. The only detail that is currently not amendable is the phone number used to register on the parent account, as this is the primary number to which your account will be linked to.
If you have lost or forgotten your password as a parent, you will be able to reset it when trying to log into SafeToNet. To reset the password:
- – Tap on “Forgotten Password?”;
- – Insert the email address you signed up with;
- – Once you press send you will receive an email with a reset link that will allow you to the reset the password.
As a parent you will be able to use your normal log in credential to enter your account on another device. We do, however, recommend in this situation to prompt a change in password, as to avoid any breaches to yours and your child’s data stored on your profile.
SafeToNet takes its duties to respect the privacy rights of those people that use our services extremely seriously. We have devoted considerable time, resources and expenses to establish a robust governance structure managing privacy and safeguarding considerations.
In compliance with ICO guidance, our software uses the date of birth to recognise when a child reaches the age of 13 in UK and Spain, or the age of 16 in Germany, to identify when the child gains autonomy to consent to the use of our technology on their devices. Your child is given clear information on how the software collects, uses and keeps their personal data. We also make sure to advise your child of their rights as we ensure that SafeToNet Services fulfil the fundamental purpose of protecting children in a way that puts individuals (including the children) in control of how their data is used.
How do I unsubscribe from SafeToNet?
To successfully unsubscribe from SafeToNet, please go to the Google Play Store and tap ‘Menu’ (the three lines in the top left corner). Select ‘Subscriptions’ and tap on ‘SafeToNet’ under your list of subscriptions. Here, please tap on ‘Cancel Subscription’.
Once this is completed, SafeToNet will still be listed under subscription. However, you will now be able to see that the subscription will have been updated to show a ‘Cancels On’ date – this being your confirmation that the cancellation has been successfully completed.
How do I remove SafeToNet from my parent device?
Running on Android (Non Apple)
To uninstall SafeToNet from an Android device you can either: 1) tap and hold on the SafeToNet’s app on your device and drag it into the uninstall option that pops up on the top right corner of your device; 2) or you can do the following steps: Settings > Apps > SafeToNet > Uninstall.
Running on iOS (Apple)
To uninstall SafeToNet from an iOS device please tap and hold on the SafeToNet’s app, enabling an X symbol to appear on the top left corner of the app. Tap the X symbol and the app will be successfully uninstalled from the parent device.
How do I remove SafeToNet from the child’s device?
Running on Android (Non Apple)
To remove SafeToNet from the child’s device on Android, you must first deactivate SafeToNet as a device administrator. Go to Settings > Security (the name can verify depending on the device) > Device Administrator > Untick SafeToNet.
Now, you can uninstall SafeToNet from your child’s device. To do so, you can either: 1) tap and hold on the SafeToNet’s app on your child’s device and drag it into the uninstall option that pops up on the top right corner of your device; 2) or you can do the following steps: Go to your child’s device> Settings > Apps > SafeToNet > Uninstall.
Running on iOS (Apple)
To remove SafeToNet from the child’s device on iOS, you must first deactivate SafeToNet as a device administrator. Go to Settings > General > scroll down and tap on Profile> tap on SafeToNet and disable SafeToNet as administrator.
Now, you can uninstall SafeToNet from your child’s device. To do so, please tap and hold on the SafeToNet’s app on your child’s device, enabling an X symbol to appear on the top left corner of the app. Tap the X symbol and the app will be successfully uninstalled from the parent device.
Note: It is important to consider that uninstalling the app from a child’s device will disconnect that child’s device from the parent’s device. Device disconnection can result in significant loss of profile information and statistics collected on that particular device.
To remove your child’s device from your account, tap on the child’s device you want to delete from your parent dashboard. Here, tap the device settings symbol in the top right corner, scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Delete device’. Confirm the deleting of the child’s device with your account password.
Please Note: Device deletion can result in significant loss of profile information and statistics collected on that particular device.