PC Pandora Recognizes National Internet Safety Month, June 2008

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Congress has declared June as National Internet Safety Month for the past four years. But while the month is always celebrated within the online safety community, this year it has failed to register on the radars of many parents. PC Pandora monitoring software reminds everyone to talk to young Internet users about the dangers online and urge parents to protect their families and PCs.

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Parents know that kids are savvy enough to bypass most Internet filters and controls

Internet safety is on the minds of a lot of parents these days. For many, however, it never seems to be near the front.

"We've found that a lot of people casually think about it or feel their normal routine is safe enough," says Pandora Corp. co-founder Manuel Coats. "Unfortunately, for many, it'll take a giant shocking jolt to get them to realize the severity of the situation."

That's a jolt that parents cannot afford to wait for. Despite the lack of headlines and increased awareness for the 2008 National Internet Safety Month (June), Pandora Corp., makers of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, are actively urging parents to take the time to talk to their young internet surfers this month.

"We want parents to do some research on their own, then talk to their kids, and also investigate and take advantage of technology tools designed and available for protecting their family," explains Coats.

It's not just the much-feared and publicized Internet predators either; it's cyberbullying, illegal file sharing, pornography, posting/sharing too much personal information, and even just simple mindless web surfing that can affect younger users. Now more than ever, it's important to talk to children about the Internet and monitor their Internet and computer activity.

"Monitoring computer activity is essential for 21st century parents," states Coats. "Children are still learning about the world. Part of growing up encompasses learning who to trust and how to act within society. Putting a massive global communication tool like the Internet at their fingertips, before they've learned about the dangers, and not monitoring activity can be a recipe for disaster."

That's why Pandora Corp. created PC Pandora monitoring software. The software works like a DVR or TiVo for your PC. By recording and taking sequential snapshots of what is on the computer screen, PC Pandora enables parents to see exactly what their children saw - and did. In addition, it has all the features that other programs utilize, such as website filtering, program blocking, keystroke logging, and it will even email a busy parent at work with updates on their child's activity. The new PC Pandora 5.0, released in February, added to the established first-rate monitoring capabilities and tossed a few new tricks into the bag, including a new webcam capture, chat control blocking and file tracking. The program also underwent a user interface makeover and received an upgrade in the fundamental stealth tactics and database technologies.

"Parents know that kids are savvy enough to bypass most Internet filters and controls," says Chief Software Evangelist Chris Graham. "That's why we focused the power of PC Pandora on the monitoring all computer activity side. We feel that being able to see and know without question what your kids are doing has more benefits than setting-up roadblocks and restricting access. If you can see what they are doing, you can talk to them about it and be a more effective parent."

Coats says that parents shouldn't rely on the safeguards provided by Internet websites and social networks. And despite the multiple arrests of Internet predators across the country, there seems to be an endless supply of perverts waiting and wanting to talk to teens about sex. That is why Pandora Corp. urges parents to remain vigilant, educated, and empowered with knowledge. Monitoring software like PC Pandora will give parents the knowledge they need to confront their child about appropriate online behavior. For many parents, it will offer reassurance and peace of mind.

"The bottom line here is you have to know what your kids are doing online," says Manuel Coats. "Where they are going and who they are talking to is key. We feel strongly that PC Pandora is the best all-around defense parents can get to help keep their children safe online. If someone is approaching a child with ill intentions, or if a child is engaging in risky behavior, if the parent is using our monitoring software, they will know."

A 2-hour trial is available at the PC Pandora website. As a special promotion for National Internet Safety Month, the company is offering the software at a discounted price; parents can use the code 'safe08' at checkout to get $10 off the Standard or Pro editions of the program.

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 with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora's Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position by boasting a combination of features that unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In February 2008, Version 5.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. In addition, through the company's SAFE SCHOOLS program, schools and school districts can receive up to $100,000 worth of software to aid in protecting their students and their PCs. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.

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