Care4teen Is A Parent’s Dream (And A Teen’s Worst Nightmare)
We all know about the importance of Internet safety, especially when it comes to teens and young children. That’s why Care4teen and their new Android app are making it easier for parents to protect their children by restricting app launches, monitoring site visits and communication online. It also uses GPS so that parents will know where their child is at all times.
Rebellious teens beware.
We touched base with the founder Alexander Borisov to find out how he’s making the Internet a safer place for our kids.
How long have you been involved with the Internet? What were your first steps? What was your first computer?
I [got started with] the Internet … 7 years ago, and I never stop being amazed by the opportunities it gives. I started my online work as a programmer, but later I realized management was closer to me. My first computer was based on Pentium.
Do you have an office or work at home?
The team works from their homes. We live in the same city and we often meet to discuss things that require a meeting.
What’s the first thing you do when you leave the office at the end of the day?
Every day I glance our project over in my thoughts and recollect the current tasks.
When did the idea for care4teen come to you?
The idea came all of a sudden when I was reading an article about children’s safety in the Internet.
Favorite book? Author?
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Know any other cool startups we should check out?
Target process – www.targetprocess.com – is an excellent tool for work distribution.
A lot of people have big ideas. What gave you the confidence to actually put your life on hold and realize yours?
We believe we are creating an instrument that helps parents unite and use their joint efforts to make the Internet safer for the children. Parents should be able to assess websites and decide whether or not children may be allowed to visit them, but not with robots or algorithms. We provide an instrument for this joint activity – the parental control service.
What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs struggling to get their business off the ground?
One should listen to other people’s advice and … make their own decision about which pieces of advice are to be followed and which ones are only to be taken into consideration.
What has been your biggest challenge throughout this process?
Our project is complicated technically. The most complicated part of it was designing and creating it. It has lasted for two years, and it was the hardest challenge.
Can you share some numbers with us?
Over 5,000 parents are using our service. Every one of them is making the Internet a little bit safer. Some of them are making such a big contribution that we might as well call them the Honorary Parents. When we get 500,000 parents using our service and trusting us with protection of their children, we will be able to make the Internet safe for children.
Thanks Alexander! Now, if you’re curious to see what exactly your teen does on their phone and computer for 10 hours a day, check out care4teen.com. They may not appreciate it, but you will.