I was asked by the wonderful BlogHer people to review a new product, Norton On-Line Family.
And I’ve been given an iPod Touch to give away to one of my lucky readers.Â Â There are ten opportunities to win an iPod touch.Â Go to BlogHer to see the others.Â My details are below.
Norton On-Line Family, is software to help track where you kids are going on the internet, what they are doing, what instantÂ messages they are sending. It even has a feature which allows you to limit them to so many hours per week or weekend.
Now I have a teenager. And I’ve had the conversations with her about the dangers of posting personal and identifying information on the internet.
When we have these conversations, I’m reminded of a cartoon I saw somewhere; the dog owner is scolding the dog and it shows what the owner is saying and all the dog hears is “blah, blah, blah Spot. Blah, blah, blah Spot.”
The software enables you to block certain types of sites, specific sites or to allow certain sites.Â You can warn the teenager they are getting ready to enter an prohibited site, block the site entirely or simply log the information about what site they went on.Â It has a safe search feature so your child doesn’t search for web sites about medieval beasts and get into some hairy sites you don’t really want her to see.Â You can block internet messaging entirely, monitor the chats or allow unmonitored IM.Â Â It has a time feature which allows you to set a maximum number of hours your teenager can be on-line from Monday through Thursday and again from Friday through Sunday or time periods when your teenager shouldn’t be on the computer at all.Â It has notification features which send e-mails to a specific address when certain things occur.
In order to monitor a teenager, you must set up their own identity on Windows, a relatively simple task.Â Each child in the household can have different settings.Â So, say an older child could be allowed on the internet until 10 p.m. on week nights but a younger child would only be allowed on until 8:00.
We don’t currently let our kids have computers in their bedrooms but all of the high schools my daughter is contemplating attending next fall require a laptop with wi-fi internet access and we have a wireless internet in our home, so we are soon going to be over ruled about that by circumstances.
I don’t think any of this will enable me to stop paying attention to what my kids do on-line but it may help me monitor and discuss with her where she is going and what she is doing.
And now, because I used the software and played with it a bit, the great people at BlogHer and Norton are giving me an iPod Touch to give away to my readers.
To enter, please leave me a comment below, telling me how you stay in the loop with your kids and whether this new software will help you.Â You may leave a link to your post or twitter message about this contest in the comments for an additional entry.Â The contest will begin at 12:00 a.m. (PST) on Monday, February 9th and will end Sunday, February 22nd at 11:59 p.m. (PST).Â Make sure your email address is valid!
- No duplicate comments
- This giveaway is open to U.S. residents
- Winners will be selected by random draw and will be notified by email.
- You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.
- See the official rules for details: http://www.blogher.com/official-rules-check-out-norton-online-family-software-and-enter-win-ipod-touch
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