Symantec connecting online parent's with their kids

By Koushik Saha on 18.2.09

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Symantec Corp. today announced the public beta of a new Web-based service, currently named Norton Online Family during the beta period, that’s designed to help parents protect children online and connect with their online lives. Norton Online Family is a unique Internet safety service built on a philosophy of dialogue between parents and kids. The service not only encourages discussion between parents, it is also easy-to-use and provides customizable tools that keep kids safe online.

Symantec also announced today the formation of the Norton Online Family Advisory Council, a committee of experts in education, parenting, media and child health, and childonline safety that will test the beta, provide feedback and offer insight on issues relevant to its continued development.

“Norton Online Family takes a different approach from today’s parental control solutions by providing tools that help parents understand their kids’ online world and fostering communication,” said Marian Merritt, Symantec’s Internet Safety Advocate and Norton Online Family Advisory Council lead. “These tools include the ability to show what kids are actually searching for on ten different search sites, including Google, YouTube and Wikipedia. Parents can also confirm kids’ IM friends and monitor conversations with unconfirmed friends, as well as see the number and type of social networking accounts their kids have and their published age on these sites.”

The Norton Online Family Advisory Council is comprised of members who are leaders in their field, concerned about the cause of children’s online safety and interested in fostering better communication between parents and children.

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