Trend Micro has recently released its latest solution, the Online Guardian for Families, that aims to protect kids from Internet dangers – including cyber-bullying and online predators.
Four players from the Wests Tigers Rugby League rocked up at the St Ambrose Primary School in Concord West to encourage children to adopt safe practices when using the Internet.
The Online Guardian for Families is a solution which provides parents with a dashboard that monitors their children’s online activities. The device keeps a track of their activities on social networking sites, the videos that they watch, websites that they visit and content that they have searched for.
The solution, meant for Windows PCs only, provides parents with an upper hand to restrict or monitor access to social networking sites and limit their time on the sites by setting up profiles for up to five kids.
It works with FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and MySpace.
Edith Cowan University associate director of the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Dr. Julian Dooley, said that children should be aware of who they add on social networking sites, who they can reach out towards when they experience dangerous encounters and how they can manage privacy on these sites.
“In Perth, a study of 14-year-old students showed that they spend four to five hours of a day online and about 85 per cent of them had well over 200 friends on FaceBook,” he said.
He added that 70-80 per cent of these students mentioned they were contacted more than five times by someone they did not know through online modes or by mobile phones.
Dr. Dooley said that a blend of behavioural and technology solutions was the best form of strategy in managing children’s’ usage of social networking sites.
Trend Micro senior product marketing manager, Tina Su, provided both the kids and their parents with tips on how to keep themselves and their families safe online.
Wests Tigers Rugby League winger, Lote Tuqiri, advised the children on the dangers of social networking sites and provided them with his own experiences in dealing with online problems.
Along with Tuqiri, Liam Fulton, Aaron Woods and Ben Murdoch showed their support for safe Internet usage.
St Ambrose Primary School principal, Cathy Young, acknowledged that the school has given the issue of social networking precedence and will encourage its students to be ‘responsible digital citizens’.
The Trend Micro Online Guardian for Families is available as a one-year solution for $49.95.