Keep Your Children Safe Online in the 2010-11 School Year

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As students head back to school, Pandora Corp. has a lesson for parents: implement Internet usage rules and utilize computer monitoring software tools. Co-founder Manuel Coats explains how PC Pandora 6.0 will help parents keep their young learners focused and safe online.

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Kids definitely spend more time online during the lazy summer months

August means back to school for families across the country. This year, the makers of PC Pandora 6.0 monitoring software are reminding parents to stay vigilant during the school year, as their kids now have an excuse to be online even more.

“Kids definitely spend more time online during the lazy summer months,” says Manuel Coats, Co-Founder of Pandora Corp. “But very often, parents will try to curtail that time. Now with school back in the picture, kids have the excuse they need to ‘legally’ be online and surfing the Internet.”

In 2010, parents have no choice but to allow their kids to be on the computer. Schools are encouraging children to use computers and the Internet as a tool in learning; many teachers now post homework online, involve online research and require properly typed homework… But unsupervised time can quickly turn to mischief.

“Instead of doing research for a report, they may be messaging friends on Facebook or watching videos on YouTube,” says Coats.

Pandora Corp. is reminding parents to stay in control of the Internet in their house and to implement rules of usage computer. Computer monitoring software combined with proper communication is the recipe for success.

“Make sure you set up a schedule for computer time and rules for proper usage,” explains Coats. “If they are supposed to be doing schoolwork, make sure they are doing schoolwork, and explain to them why it’s important to focus on the task at hand.”

Conversely, Coats also wants to make sure that parents don’t forget to allow their kids free time to surf, chat and play games.

“It’s just like eating,” he says. “A healthy, balanced diet is the key to a healthy child – in this case, it’s mental health and safety… just make sure to monitor Internet activity.”

PC Pandora 6.0 monitoring software helps parents keep their kids safe on the computer and on the Internet. The program’s first-rate monitoring capabilities record all user activity through sequential screen snapshots, which allows parents to visually see everything their kids are doing online.

“If your kids are spending 5 minutes doing homework and 55 minutes chatting online, instead of the reverse, you will know,” states Coats.

PC Pandora 6.0 also records user activity through text-based files that capture all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, websites visited, programs accessed, peer-to-peer files shared, keystrokes logged, Internet search queries, printer logs, and more.

For parents that have to work and can’t be home right after school, PC Pandora comes equipped with the IRIS feature, which sends the recorded text-based files to a parent’s email at specified intervals. But it’s the new PC Pandora LIVE! that makes monitoring Internet activity easy, effective, and immediate.

“PC Pandora LIVE! allows you to review the data and adjust settings on the monitored computer from a remote Internet connection,” explains Coats. “Not only can you can check web history and view instant messenger and email conversations, but you can also view the screenshots, update Internet filters, and fine-tune the parental control parameters, all while at work, on the road, or simply unable to be at home in front of the monitored computer.”

For parents monitoring multiple computers, PC Pandora LIVE! also collects the data from all machines with PC Pandora 6.0 installed and provides that data in a single place for easy review. This makes it easier to review an entire family’s activity – no more emails to comb through and no more having to manually view the data on multiple computers.

Stop Internet Predators
Going back to school also means forging new school friendships and participating in new activities.

“There is no doubt that kids keep in constant touch over the Internet throughout the summer,” says Coats. “But being back at school with a new set of classes can easily lead to new friendships. Add to that the joining of clubs or sports teams, and there is a definite chance of new names popping up on your child’s social network pages and IM buddy lists.”

PC Pandora 6.0 will help parents keep informed of those new names so they can verify they belong to their child’s peers and not random strangers online.

End Cyberbullying
PC Pandora 6.0 can play a huge role in ending the cyberbullying epidemic. Because the program lets parents know exactly what their young surfers are doing online, parents will see first-hand how they are interacting with others. If a child is being bullied, the parents will have records and information they can use to help put an end the situation before it gets worse. But it can also work on the flip-side, when a parent may have a bully in their house.

According to Coats: “In some situations, PC Pandora might reveal that a child is the aggressor or a participant in bullying others. If that is the case, parents will have the information needed to sit down and talk to their child. They can put an end to the behavior before schools or law enforcement get involved, or before the situation spirals out of control, like the recent Jessi Slaughter incident.”

Filtering Vs. Monitoring
While the parental controls in PC Pandora 6.0 allow parents to prevent programs from being accessed, such as Instant Messenger, and also help filter out inappropriate web content and block specific websites, like MySpace or Facebook, typical filters and standard blocks are easy for savvy young users to circumnavigate. Coats says if you have computer monitoring software, you’ll know what your children are doing and be able to act appropriately.

“You can block Facebook and YouTube, but they’ll just go to MySpace and use Google Video,” says Coats. “A strong monitoring program like our PC Pandora 6.0 is essential in keeping kids safe online, because it eliminates the guesswork and false assumptions of safety – it shows you exactly what they are doing and tells you whether or not they are playing it safe.”

Back to School, Safely
Classes back in session will give kids the excuse to be on the computer and the Internet all the time. But with easy and effective parental control and monitoring software tools like PC Pandora 6.0, parents can make sure their kids are staying safe on the Internet and not abusing privileges or making poor choices while online.

“The bottom line is that parents absolutely need to know what their kids are doing online,” says Coats. “Our PC Pandora 6.0 monitoring software coupled with the LIVE! service is the best all-around defense parents can get to help keep their children on task and safe on the Internet. If someone is approaching a child with ill intentions, or if a child is involved in some way with cyberbullying, or if they are simply straying from work they should be doing, the parent will know and can act immediately.”

For more information, visit http://www.pcpandora.com. Parents can use the code SUMMER2010 at checkout to get $10 off PC Pandora 6.0!

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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