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V21 Offers FREE Online Safety Tool

Posted: 08th Feb, 2005 By: MarkJ
ISP V Two One (V21) has today begun offering parents a FREE online safety tool and associated tips for safer surfing. The move follows dangers highlighted through ‘National Safer Internet Day’:

“The two key dangers facing children using the internet are unsuitable content and unsuitable contact.” says Steve, “Fortunately there are simple steps parents can take to totally eliminate unsuitable content and to reduce the danger of unsuitable contact.”

Steve points out that parents can block unsuitable content and allow their children the freedom to surf the internet securely and in a safe environment by downloading V Two One’s free Family Browser from http://www.v21.co.uk

“By installing our Family Browser, parents can stop worrying about their children being able to access unsuitable content whilst they are online – it’s that simple.”

The V Two One browser automatically scans all web pages before displaying them to ensure they do not contain adult explicit material. Parents can fully customise which options their children have access to by using the password-protected parental controls section.

His recommendation comes on National Safer Internet Day, an internet safety initiative involving 27 European partners and marking the launch of an official internet safety portal, http://www.saferinternet.org

Steve also recommends parents warn their children of the potential dangers about unsuitable contact with people they meet online.

“You can’t see the person you talk with online and you don’t know who they are – they could be anyone. Children should know the dangers of giving out information about themselves online and should never meet up with anyone they become friendly with online without an adult being present.”

Steve says parents can make a huge difference to their child’s safety on the internet just by encouraging their children to talk with them about the issue.

“A parent’s interest and involvement is key. It is important to let your children know you that they can confide in you, should the need arise. They want to know that you’ll support them – not get angry.”

Steve recommends parents do their own internet safety homework by visiting the following websites:

http://www.parentsonline.gov.uk/safety - The Department of Education and Skills (DfES) has an online resource where parents can find information

http://www.childnet-int.org – Childnet has useful online resources and leaflets for young people and parents

http://www.fkbko.net – The Cyberspace Research Unit, part of the University of Central Lancashire, runs a website, For Kids by Kids Online, about internet safety for children

Steve adds, “The internet involves certain risks but parents shouldn’t be afraid of it. By taking an interest in, and keeping up with technology themselves, parents can help their children get the most out of what is fast becoming an essential tool in today’s world.”
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