SAN DIEGO, July 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- At Comic-Con International in San Diego, CynjaTech announced the creation of CynjaSpace™, a mobile application designed to help kids experience their digital lives in a secure and private way. Families are invited to try out an early release by signing up at www.cynjaspace.com. The app is to be released to the general public later this year.
"Our kids deserve a better digital life than the one we live today," said Heather C. Dahl, CEO of CynjaTech. "Our ultimate goal is to engage children when they encounter the Internet—to teach them how to make smart choices, practice online security, and enable privacy protection as they navigate their new digital lives." As Chase Cunningham, CynjaTech's CTO explains, "Our mission is personal—this is the digital experience that we as technology & security professionals are creating for our own kids. In our minds—your kids are our kids."
"Think of CynjaSpace as cyberspace with training wheels," said Dahl. As a mobile app initially available for the Apple iPad, CynjaSpace is not just a game or tutorial but a full immersive cyber-environment designed entirely for kids. They learn how to make smart choices by interacting with original comic characters and expert storylines, while the app provides parental activity controls, protections and guidance on digital parenting. "We encourage kids to experience and engage in all aspects of digital life like email, chat, social sharing while teaching online privacy and security and rewarding kids for positive behavior," said Cunningham. "Cynja characters are the role models for kids in cyberspace."
CynjaSpace was developed in strategic partnership with the Respect Network. The combination enables families to safely own and control their private communications and data. "We're proud to be partnering with CynjaTech in this effort," said Drummond Reed, CEO of the Respect Network. "CynjaSpace is a perfect example of what can be accomplished within our new global web-of-trust network. All CynjaSpace chat, mail and photo sharing features use Respect Network encrypted personal cloud services to ensure secure, private and trusted communications."
Co-founders Heather C. Dahl and Chase Cunningham, along with Creative Director Shirow Di Rosso, started bringing cyberspace to life for kids of all ages by publishing their first book The Cynja® Volume 1 based on their professional experience in tech and cybersecurity. In just two years, The Cynja has grown into a comic book series published in English and Dutch, a weekly web comic, activity books, blog, subscription newsletter, children's workshops and mobile applications all designed to help families make smart digital choices. Selected by a panel of judges, The Cynja will be a featured small press publisher at Comic-Con International in San Diego this July. CynjaTech is based in Washington, DC. Learn more by visiting www.cynjaspace.com.
About Respect Network
Founded in 2011, the Respect Network is the world's first global web-of-trust network that provides individual data control, end-to-end encryption, and a mutual trust framework. Leading Internet architects developed the Respect Network to provide secure, private and trusted communications, for life. It is a platform for apps which enable people and businesses to share sensitive private messages and data like medical records, financial records, and family records with those they trust just as easily as they can share data on public social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google today. For more information, visit www.respectnetwork.com.
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