Pandora Corp. To Parents: Protect Those New PCs (This Holiday Season)

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Pandora Corp. co-founder Manuel Coats is reminding parents to make sure this year’s big holiday gifts don’t open Pandora’s Box in 2011. PC Pandora computer monitoring software will help keep kids safe on their new PCs.

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A computer that can connect to the Internet can connect your child with the rest of the world… and visa versa. That’s not something that should be handed over lightly to your kids.

Our kids live digitally. Every parent knows that. With the holidays around the corner, and this year’s wishlists topped with dreams of cell phones, MP3 players, and computers, a lot of high-tech toys are sure to be unwrapped this December.

And though many experts warn against giving a child their own computer, times have changed. A teenager having their own PC is an unavoidable reality now, due to the amount of school work requiring a computer and increased pressure from peers to be socially active online.

“What parents tend to forget is that these high tech toys are really for adults,” explains Manuel Coats, co-founder of Pandora Corp. “A computer that can connect to the Internet can connect your child with the rest of the world… and vice versa. That’s not something that should be handed over lightly to your kids.”

Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora monitoring software, is reminding parents to be smart when giving teens and even younger children their own PC this holiday season. Parents must adopt and enforce a new set of rules, such as leaving the door open and a “no Internet after __” time. Also, visiting a child’s room often when they are online and asking them questions about what websites they are visiting and who their online friends are needs to become standard family practice.

“As you get ready to give them the ‘big gift’ this year, make sure it is outfitted with the proper parental control software,” says Coats. “Tools like our PC Pandora make it easy to find that safe, happy medium between teens being able to freely use the Internet socially, and parents not being left in the dark about their child’s online activity.”

PC Pandora is computer monitoring software that records all user activity on a computer. First-rate monitoring capabilities take sequential snapshots of everything that happens on the screen, allowing parents to see first-hand everything their child does both on and offline. Further details of user activity are made available in text-based files and easy-to-read charts, including websites visited, instant messenger chats, emails sent and received, peer-2-peer files shared, keystrokes logged, programs accessed, Internet search queries and more. The IRIS feature will send those text-based files right to a parent’s email, and the PC Pandora LIVE! add-on allows parents to check screenshots and adjust parental controls though a secure web login – an invaluable feature for working parents who can’t always be home when their kids are online.

“PC Pandora is essentially a DVR for your child’s computer,” says Coats. “If your child is talking to strangers on social networks, creating and maintaining multiple social network profiles, visiting websites you don’t approve of, downloading illegal music and movies, or falling victim to or – even worse – acting as a cyberbully, you will know about it if you are monitoring their internet activity.”

As a special promotion for the holidays, the company is offering the software at a discounted price. Parents can use the code ‘holiday2010’ at the pcpandora.com store to get $20 off their purchase.

About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

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