What parents tend to forget is that these high tech toys aren’t necessarily for kids... It’s your job to make sure you are keeping your kids safe from predators and not enabling a cyberbully.
Las Vegas, NV (Vocus/PRWEB) December 22, 2010
It’s no secret that our kids live their lives fully immersed in a digital world. With Christmas just days away, it is more important than ever for parents to take the necessary steps to make sure this year’s ‘big gift’ doesn’t open Pandora’s box.
Despite the warnings from experts against giving a child their own computer, a teenager having their own PC is an unavoidable reality today. Times have changed; school work very often requires a computer and there is immense pressure from peers to be socially active online.
“What parents tend to forget is that these high tech toys aren’t necessarily for kids,” explains Jamie Leasure, co-founder of Pandora Corp. “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 shrugged off. It’s your job to make sure you are keeping your kids safe from Internet predators and not enabling a cyberbully.”
Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora monitoring software, is reminding parents to be smart when giving teens and even younger children their own computer 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.
“In addition, as you get ready to give them the ‘big gift’ this year, make sure it is outfitted with the proper parental control and monitoring software,” says Leasure. “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 being able to keep their kids safe from Internet predators and out of trouble.”
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 Leasure. “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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