New app allows parents greater control over kids' online chats

SEATTLE -- As today's technology expands, parents face an increasingly difficult task in protecting their children from online dangers.

This is why Craig Williams created SafeChat, an application for any device with the Internet to let parents control who their children are chatting with. His daughter uses it often.

"It's secure because there's no text messaging," Williams said. "It's not a phone; people can't contact her."

It's just a way to chat with people that you allow into your family circle. When you download the app, you get a security code to create your own circle of trust.

"And so if your daughter or your son is smart enough to give that code out to know what it is, it's expired in 24 hours," Williams said.

The app does not require a smartphone, just the Internet, so you can use it on a iPod Touch, Kindle, even an Android tablet.

"Like on an iPhone you would turn on parental controls, you would lock out iMessage text messaging and then just make them use this app," Williams said.

While parents love it, we found plenty of kids like Keaton who don't like it at all.

"I don't like the feeling that my parents always would be monitoring me," he said.

But Keaton and his friends do admit, it might be good for some.

"I don't like the idea that the parents would have to force a kid to have safe chat," Kyle said. "But they might be able to teach their kids right things but some kids can't be taught."

The app even comes with a quiet time setting parents can use to lock their kids out during certain hours.