Symantec Launches Online Safety Service For Parents And Kids

    April 27, 2009

Symantec has officially launched OnlineFamily.Norton, an Internet safety service designed to help parents monitor their children’s online activity.

The launch coincides with the start of Internet Safety Week, which began today. The service is available for free until January1, 2010.

OnlineFamily.Norton is different than traditional parental control products that focus on just blocking and monitoring kids’ online activities. The service helps parents manage the gray areas of the Internet while encouraging communication and education.

Some of the key features include allowing children to view rules they established with their parents at any time and notification when OnlineFamily.Norton is active, making the service transparent.

Janice Chaffin
Janice Chaffin

Parents can control Web content by blocking more than 40 topic categories and receive email alerts when a child has reached a time limit or tried to visit a blocked site.

The service monitors activity on social networks like Facebook and MySpace with the ability to see how kids represent themselves online, when they login, and how often.

All online activities can be viewed in chronological order and only show Web sites a child has visited.

 "Online safety should be a top priority for every parent, but it can be a daunting task if they don’t have the resources they need to get started.  That’s why we’re offering OnlineFamily.Norton to families for free this year," said Janice Chaffin, group president of Symantec’s Consumer Business Unit. 

"OnlineFamily.Norton is truly unique because it was designed to foster more communication between parents and kids, which is essential for creating rules toget