as a cautionary tale to parents about the dangers children face online, where sexual predators can stalk victims with anonymity.
Las Vegas, NV (Vocus) September 17, 2010
David Schwimmer is most known for his comedic role in the long-running 1990s sitcom "Friends." But this year, he brought a very serious message to the Toronto International Film Festival – and parents need to listen up.
Schwimmer is the director of “Trust,” a fictional story that portrays real-life danger. Clive Owen and Catherine Keener star as parents of a 14-year-old girl, played by newcomer Liana Liberato, who meets a man in an Internet chat room that befriends her, gains her trust, lures her to a motel room and rapes her.
While the film is still seeking a US-distribution deal, according to one Associated Press story, Schwimmer hopes to get the film into theaters “as a cautionary tale to parents about the dangers children face online, where sexual predators can stalk victims with anonymity.”
“This horrifying story is all too real,” says Pandora Corp. co-founder Jamie Leasure. “More and more we are seeing stories in the press of young teens who fall in love with older men they meet online.”
Pandora Corp. follows media stories of real-life Internet predators and offers a weekly compilation on Pandora’s Blog, as a reminder to parents that the threats do exist. Leasure says in the past months, more stories have surfaced of real teens willfully meeting in real life with the men they meet on the Internet; many times they also consent to sexual activity.
“Just like in the movie, predators use a tactic called ‘grooming,’ where they spend their time to become friends with a young teen and gain their trust,” explains Leasure. “It gets to a point where the young minds have been so warped, that even when lies are exposed, the internet predators succeed in their mission.”
Leasure says it is necessary for all parents to monitor their child’s Internet activity. Not only should parents be concerned with whom their children are talking to online, but they need to be cognizant of strangers who are trying to initiate conversation.
Pandora Corp. is the maker of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, a program that lets parents see everything their kids are doing online. First-rate monitoring capabilities take sequential screenshots of all activity. All emails, instant messenger conversations, social networking activity, websites visited, search queries and more are recorded and presented in easy-to-read charts and tables. If a child is forming a relationship with a stranger, or taking other risks, the parents will be able to see it first-hand.
“PC Pandora gives parents an exact record of everything their child does, so they can be sure of their safety, and/or intervene if necessary,” says Leasure.
According to the AP article, Schwimmer talked to families of victims and FBI agents to help craft the right Internet predator for his movie.
“He learned what every parent needs to understand,” explains Leasure. “These online predators are not stereotypical. They come in every form. They are our neighbors; they are husbands, fathers, teachers, cops, coaches, priests and every other male figure you would normally put a lot of trust into. That is the scariest part; and that’s why parents need to be vigilant and monitor Internet activity.”
For tips on how to keep your children safe from online predators, and to find out how PC Pandora computer monitoring software can help, visit http://www.pcpandora.com.
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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