Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Free Trial: Norton Online Family ~ Because Safety is our #1 Concern!

Both my girls are total internet addicts. My youngest is the worst, she is totally obsessed with playing games on various virtual worlds. She has accounts on I think every single site. My tween is getting into aim, myspace and other sites like that.

We go over internet security all the time with the girls. I have still caught them a few times doing things I'm not comfortable with. I've been thinking about looking into some kind of safe guards for our computer. Of course Mom Central and Norton came to my rescue by offering a blog tour that fits my needs perfectly!

In an effort to keep children safe, Norton, a trusted provider of Internet safety products, has come to the rescue, with the introduction of Norton Online Family Beta. Norton Online Family Beta is not only designed to block your child's Internet activities, but to connect you, the parents, with your child's online life.

Check out some key features:

Simple, One-Time Set Up: Create an account online and customize each family member's profile based on age and maturity level.

Easy to Use and Access: Check a child's activity or modify a child's profile, preferences, or time allotment anytime and anywhere using any Internet-connected device.

Clear Reporting: All activities are reported in chronological order and only show the Web sites a child intended to visit - eliminating all the extra URLs, like ads, from Web sites.

Helpful Search Insight: Easily view what words and phrases a child uses to search and where those searches lead online.

Convenient Web Site Control: Control the Web content that flows into the home by prohibiting more than 40 topic categories.

Secured Personal Information: Track, report and prevent personal information that a child may purposely or accidentally try to send via e-mail, IM or social networking site.

Access to Social Network Information: Monitor activity on social networks like Facebook and MySpace with the ability to see how kids represent themselves, when they login and how often.

Real-time Messaging: Built-in messaging allows parents to have real-time discussions with children about activities and better understand their intentions when visiting a Web site.

True Transparency: Children are able to view the "house rules" they established with parents at any time and are notified when Norton Online Family is active, so there is no "stealth" mode.

Custom Alerts: Parents can customize e-mail alerts to address urgent events so they know immediately when a child has reached a time limit or visited a blocked site, etc.

Useful Time Management: An easy-to-use time management feature that - if parents find it necessary - gives each child a "curfew" that will limit computer usage.

I have great news! Norton and Mom Central are offering you the chance to sign-up for a sneak peak by giving you a free trial. I highly encourage you to watch the demo and try out Norton Online Family Beta.

If you try it, let me know what you think!

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