Security Software Company Introduces Free Online Child Safety Handbook
BOULDER, COLO., June 26 /CNW/ - Webroot Software, Inc., a leading
provider of security software for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets,
today announced the availability of a free educational tool for parents,
"Protecting Children Online: A Handbook for Parents". The 14-page handbook
comes complete with safety tips, best practices and a glossary of common
acronyms and abbreviations used in text messaging and Instant Messaging (IM)
so parents can stay "in the know" with their kids' lingo.
"Few parents would consider handing their child the car keys without
having spent time with them behind the wheel. Yet, too often parents give
their kids a computer with Internet access and set them free, which can make
for an unsafe user experience," said Peter Watkins, CEO, Webroot Software. "As
a security company, we feel it is our job to help people use the Internet
safely and to be educated in best practices. Since June is Internet Safety
Month, it is the perfect opportunity for parents and kids to learn about
online safety together."
A recent Webroot study found that parents are not fully aware of their
children's online activities. For example, 45 percent of kids say they spend
an average of three or more hours on the Internet at home everyday while 76
percent of parents said their children spend an average of two hours or less
per day on the Internet at home. According to the National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children, the spring and summer seasons are when the majority of
child abductions take place. As summer gets underway and school-age children
log more time on home computers - leaving them open to predators - Webroot
urges parents to begin playing an active role in regularly monitoring their
kid's online activities.
"Protecting Children Online: A Handbook for Parents" is a free,
downloadable tool that empowers parents to get involved and teach safe online
habits to their children. In addition to best practices, tips and resources,
the handbook's glossary educates parents on Internet terms and phrases, such
as "POS" (Parent Over Shoulder) or "LMIRL" (Let's Meet In Real Life), commonly
used by kids online. The handbook will also be included in all Webroot(R)
Child Safe(R) parental controls software packages.
"According to leading child advocacy groups, there is no substitute for
education, conversation and software programs to control children's exposure
to harmful online content. Yet, a recent Webroot survey found that only about
half of parents have chosen to use such software programs to help protect
children online," said Watkins. "The Webroot parent handbook will act as an
excellent tool to help parents and guardians facilitate conversations with
their children on how to protect themselves online."
Top Five Online Safety Tips For Parents
1. Open a dialogue. Talk to your child about Internet safety. Surf the
2. Be informed. Know what websites your child visits and with whom they
3. Become Internet savvy - ask your children to teach you how to use
programs they use.
4. If you or your children encounter inappropriate contact, report it
immediately to law enforcement. Help your child understand what inappropriate
contact means to you.
5. Use filtering or monitoring software. Empower yourself by knowing your
child is protected online even if you are not there to supervise.
Webroot Software, Inc. provides industry-leading security software for
consumers, enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses worldwide.
Globally recognized for its award-winning Spy Sweeper(R) line of anti-spyware
products, Webroot recently incorporated anti-virus protection into two new
products for consumers and SMBs, respectively: Webroot Spy Sweeper with
AntiVirus software and Webroot SME Security software. The company expanded
into the parental controls software market with the introduction of Webroot
Child Safe software. The Boulder, Colorado-based company is privately held and
backed by some of the industry's leading venture capital firms, including
Technology Crossover Ventures, Accel Partners and Mayfield. Webroot's software
consistently receives top review ratings by respected third-party media and
has been adopted by millions globally. Available as either branded solutions
or on an OEM basis, Webroot products can be found at www.webroot.com and on
the shelves of leading retailers worldwide. To find out more about Webroot,
visit the website or call 1-800-772-9383.
(C)2007 Webroot Software, Inc. All rights reserved. Webroot, Spy Sweeper,
and Child Safe are registered trademarks or trademarks of Webroot Software,
Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are
properties of their respective owners.
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