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Connecticut-based website helps parents keep tabs on children

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NORWALK, CT (WFSB) -

A new website created in Connecticut has been allowing parents to keep a closer eye on their children's online activity.

It's called KwickLook.com and it was the brainchild of Norwalk resident Chuck Chesler.

Chesler said he got the idea after struggling to keep tabs on his 13-year-old son.

"It just seemed for me to take a look at those sites would be very, very difficult," he said. "So I thought, wouldn't it be great to have just one single platform where you login one time, where you could get a quick look at all platforms."

KwickLook can lay it all out for parents. Chesler said it shows feeds of a child's interactions on four popular social media websites.

For $2.99 a month, KwickLook can keep an eye on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, according to Chesler.

"It's nice to have that ability to take a quick look at your children's social media activity, and I think having them know that you have the ability is a big plus as well," Chesler said.

Customers also get a daily email summing up their child's activity. Chesler said the email provides highlights of what a child does, but does not cover every aspect.

He said it only keeps tabs on what's being posted and with whom a child is connecting.

Chesler said the site could help parents get to the bottom of any potential problems.

"If they see a change in behavior or they see their kids hanging out with different people, and they want to take a quick look, they can log in," he explained.

Parents do need to provide their child's user names and passwords to activate the KwickLook feeds.

Chesler said some parents actually make it part of the house rules. He said they've told their children that if they want to join social media, they'll need to allow their parents to the ability to monitor them.

However, he admits that older teens are often less willing to hand over their information.

"Even if he is 13, or 14, or 15 and doesn't want to give up his expected privacy on the web, but having that conversation is better than not having it," Chesler said. "And I think the message that you ultimately give to the child is that you care."

Chesler said the site is about giving parents piece of mind and giving them a means to ward off any trouble.

He said he'll update the site as social media trends change.

Parents can try KwickLook for free for a month. Just click here.

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