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A Conversation With Students On Internet Safety

SUREN on March 22, 2014

At Mobicip, some unusual requests come by our way once in a while. This week, students from a school using Mobicip sent us some rather pertinent questions. It led to an interesting email conversation, published here in full with names withheld.
Students using iPads in the classroom
Hello S and friends

Thank you for contacting us with these questions. We felt it would be best to have our co-founders answer your questions from a personal point-of-view.

Q: Why do we need Mobicip?
As parents of young children ourselves, we see the need to create a safe internet environment for our families. The purpose is two-fold. Living without the internet is not an option for anyone today, especially for students like you who use the internet for homework, discussions, research, projects, etc. Like most good things, there are some dangers on the internet as well, and just like with driving, a little bit of guidance is good to help you learn to use it safely and responsibly. 

As technologists, our goal is to solve problems in society using technology. Mobicip was founded with the goal of providing tools that schools can use to enable one-to-one learning, where each student is provided with a learning device for individualized instruction. It is something we fundamentally believe in and hope will change the world and how children learn.

Q: How is Mobicip safe for students?
Mobicip creates a safe and secure subset of the internet by empowering the parent or administrator to define what is acceptable for your age, and adjust the policy as you grow up. Besides, it is an advanced filtering service that is provided on what is called the 'internet cloud'. So it allows us to do some really neat things like scan the content you're accessing while you're accessing it and make decisions based on that. If you're into mathematics and computer software, you'll realize that its a really tricky and difficult problem to solve. As you may know, geeks (like us) love hard problems and enjoy solving them!

Q: How can we know that Mobicip is 100% safe?
Mobicip is not 100% safe, and no equivalent product or technology can claim that either. Like its never 100% safe to drive or fly, but we still say its safe enough based on the likelihood of adverse things happening. Similarly, we believe that having an intelligent filter backed up by a parent or administrator involved in the process of educating you to use the internet safely is as safe as it gets.

Q: How does Mobicip work?
A parent or administrator can install Mobicip on smartphones, tablets or computers. The app is enabled using a Mobicip account, which can then be used to login at mobicip.com (or the Monitor app) to configure the settings and remotely monitor browsing history. Behind the scenes, Mobicip's cloud filtering engine runs constantly and scans the content being accessed to make sure the acceptable use policy is enforced.

Q: Is it respecting our privacy?
Absolutely. Your data is safe with us and no one (other than the account administrator, of course) can individually track what you're doing on the internet. We do not sell the data to third-parties or advertisers in any shape or form whatsoever.

Q: How many students are using Mobicip?
It is hard to say since many schools and students are using the service without us knowing about it. The number would be in the hundreds of thousands. Our users are spread around the world as well.

Q: Do you suggest to use Mobicip Why?
We recommend Mobicip to our families and friends all the time, especially for younger children. As explained above, many studies have proven the real benefits of helping children learn to be digital citizens the right way.

Q: Do you think that adults should use Mobicip too? 
There are some situations where adults have a need for Mobicip. Although we do support adult users, it is not our primary mission as a company and team. Having said that, we do try and accommodate their needs as best we can.

We appreciate the effort and thought you have put into this. It is an important conversation to have, and we hope we helped further the thought process.
 
To report issues or feedback, please get in touch with us. If you're happy with Mobicip, leave a happy review on the Apple App Store or Google Play store! Your feedback and support will be greatly appreciated!
 
The Mobicip crew
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