SUNNYVALE, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Actiontec Electronics today
introduced Kid Defender 1.1, a new version of the company's Internet
monitoring software that gives parents the ability to supervise their
children's Internet activity from anywhere in the world. Available now, the
program's new instant message capabilities allow parents -- who may be at work
or on another computer -- to communicate with their children as they are
surfing the net. Using Kid Defender 1.1, parents can hold a real-time
conversation with their children to offer advice, answer questions or discuss
specific Web sites or chat threads.
Parents using Kid Defender 1.1 can monitor online activity from home,
office, or anywhere they have a computer and an Internet connection. Installed
on both the parent's and the child's PC, Kid Defender 1.1 helps parents shield
their children from inappropriate websites or potentially dangerous strangers
they may meet in chat rooms. The program enables parents to observe their
children's website visits, instant message conversations and chat room
sessions in real time -- then cut off threatening correspondents or
objectionable URLs with a single mouse click.
"Real-time monitoring capabilities are the best safeguard parents can
implement for children using the Internet," said Dean Chang, President and CEO
of Actiontec Electronics. "When parents cannot supervise their children's
activities in person, Kid Defender 1.1 offers them peace of mind. Parents can
now give their children immediate feedback while they are online, guiding
their choices and helping them make better decisions through interactive
Kid Defender 1.1 also offers conventional parental controls such as a
recommended website blacklist, the ability to add or delete blocked sites as
well as create a list of blocked instant message addresses, and the option to
permit access only to a specific "white list" of websites and users.
Kid Defender 1.1 allows parents to track web surfing as well as chat, AIM,
MSN, Yahoo and ICQ instant messaging sessions on a real-time basis. When a
parent chooses to terminate an instant message conversation or close access to
a website, Kid Defender 1.1 automatically adds the offending screen name or
URL to the program's Blocked list.
The program also gives parents the ability to:
-- Minimize the amount of real-time monitoring required by electing not
to display activity from trusted websites (such as Nickelodeon.com)
and trusted instant message users (such as relatives or good friends).
-- Monitor two or more children's activities, simultaneously, from a
-- Set different rules for each child by customizing blocked websites and
blocked user screen names for each computer.
-- Save each day's online activities.
-- Prevent children from bypassing the program by invoking password
protection that will bar them from accessing and changing the program
-- Update the software online by logging on to www.kiddefender.com to
download new versions and revised parental control lists.
Specifications and Pricing
Kid Defender 1.1 is available on CD for $39.95, including a one-year
subscription for real-time monitoring with no separate software charge. It
supports two parents and two children. Real-time monitoring licenses for
additional children cost $9.95 per child per year. Subscription extensions for
the boxed version are $39.95 per year.
Minimum system requirements include one 90 MHz computer with Internet
access; 15 MB hard drive space; 64 MB RAM; a CD-ROM drive; and Windows 98,
98SE, ME, 2000 or XP. Available hard disk space of 1 GB is required to use the
activity logging feature. The product is available now from mass-market
retailers as well as the Kid Defender online store at www.kiddefender.com.
Users of Kid Defender 1.0 can download the free upgrade from
Actiontec Electronics, Inc. is a leading supplier of analog and broadband
devices designed to facilitate or leverage Internet access. The company's
complete line of DSL, router, wireless LAN, Internet telephony, and analog
products includes the industry's first call waiting modems, home DSL modems
and wireless home gateways. Kid Defender, the first real-time Internet control
software for parents, continues the company's focus on products that optimize
Internet use. Actiontec products have been recognized with a Best of Show
award at Retail Xchange, Editors Choice awards from CNET's computers.com and
homePCnetwork.com, and Top 100 Products of the Year from Computer Shopper.
Actiontec products are available through national distribution, retail
outlets, and Actiontec's online store as well as through private label and
Tier 1 OEM relationships. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, and
maintains branch offices in Austin, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Reading, United
Kingdom; China and Taiwan. For more information, phone 408-752-7700, fax
408-541-9003, or visit http://www.actiontec.com .
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