FISHERS, Ind. (Jan. 20, 2016)-- A local father has created a safe haven for parents to stay on top of what's going on with their tech-savvy teens. The website keeps parents in the loop on all things teen from the latest apps, music, lingo and even drugs.
Since we first told you about the site in September, the creator says membership has skyrocketed, with more parents trying to keep up in a digital world.
Carefulparents.com is like Facebook for parents. John Michels created the site after learning about two girls who tried to kill their friend in Wisconsin to appease an online character.
"It's to bring awareness to the kids and open the lines of communication with their kids so they can have these talks with them and let them know that there are ways that may not be so great for the social network," said Michels.
The site is broken down into categories like apps, the latest lingo the kids are saying and popular violent video games. Parents can share resources to give other parents a heads up, like Nicki Minaj song "Anaconda" being on the latest Kidz Bop album.
Some of the most alarming posts shared by parents are the hidden apps that allow kids to expose others and share secrets.
One father on the site detailed a traumatic experience his son faced after using a new synthetic drug he purchased on the internet. The site is arming parents with valuable knowledge to keep their kids safe from the unknown.
"Educate themselves on things they may not be aware of so they don't have to know what they're looking for but they can go on the site and share what they know with other parents and also get information from other parents as well," said Michels.
It's free to join and the creators are even trying to launch a mobile app so parents can stay connected on the go.