We feel it is our duty as an online security company to raise awareness of these risks and to help make the Internet world safer for generations to come.
Victoria, B.C. (PRWEB) December 11, 2007
In a white paper, The State of the Internet for Young People, released today, the importance of the Internet to today's young people as well as an overview of its risks are discussed. ParetoLogic, a young company formed in 2004 by four brothers, is striving to bring issues about Internet safety, especially regarding young people, to the forefront.
"At ParetoLogic, we feel very strongly about the power of the Internet, however we are also well aware it is a risky playground for young people," said Elton Pereira, ParetoLogic's CEO and Co-Founder. "We feel it is our duty as an online security company to raise awareness of these risks and to help make the Internet world safer for generations to come."
The white paper highlights the importance the Internet and technology has in today's youth culture with Instant Messaging and web sites such as MySpace and Facebook. According to a study commissioned by Cox Communications and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, which polled 1,070 U.S. teens between 13 and 17, 71 per cent of respondents had online profiles on sites such as MySpace. This was an increase of 10 per cent from a year ago.
Unfortunately, some of these users can be at risk. The survey showed 69 per cent of teens receive messages online from a stranger. Thirty-one per cent of teens stated they generally reply to such messages and chat with the person. Only 21 per cent said they inform an adult when they receive such messages. Sixteen per cent of teens have considered meeting someone face-to-face that they had met online and 8 per cent said they actually have had such meetings. In early May of 2007, MySpace eliminated the profiles of about 7,000 registered sex offenders, according to a USA Today report.
Parents are put in the difficult position of trying to protect their children by using technology they might not fully understand. However, the Cox Communications study indicates parental involvement makes a difference in risky online behaviour. Students with parents who have talked to them "a lot" about online safety are less likely to consider meeting face-to-face someone they have encountered online (12 per cent compared to 20 per cent).
About ParetoLogic, Inc.
In 2004 four brothers recognized that modern computer users need not rely on computer repair technicians to maintain their own PC's. Knowing that sophisticated technology married with a truly user-friendly interface would empower people to secure and optimize their own computers, the brothers researched the marketplace to define and develop the software products that would most benefit today's computer user.
ParetoLogic now employs 80 professionals to help them research, develop, and market software applications that will enable people to secure and enhance their computing experience. Available in eight languages in 70 countries around the world, ParetoLogic has established partnerships on a global scale to ensure that its products are available to all computer users, regardless of location, language, or computing experience.
Attention to the needs of the consumer coupled with a commitment to delivering exceptional software applications and resource-rich websites guarantee that our products will exceed your expectations.
Amanda Cooper, Communications Director
media @ paretologic.com
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