New app gives parents approval over kids' social media

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Thanks to 21st century technology, schoolhouse taunts now reach victims anytime and any place.

"Some kids might be able to deal with bullying for that eight hours at school, but when you come home, you don't have to deal with it," said William Stark, inventor of the Halt app. "With cell phones, it's 24 hours. It's relentless."

That got Stark wondering if kids would still be as mean to each other if they knew that their parents would be the first ones to see it. That's the premise behind Stark's app.

"This application will only show you what your kid has posted, what their likes are, what their status updates have been, what their friends have tagged them in," Stark explained. "So, it filters out all that extra stuff so you look at what's important."

The app keeps parents in the social media loop, giving them final say over what their kids post to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if Mom or Dad have any questions, they can flag the post and stop it from ever actually going public.

"There's a lot danger out there and no one knows what's happening. There's pedophiles and everything, and we could keep our kids safe," said mother Deborah Ramirez.

The app is free and currently available for download on iPhones.