I came across the Stop Internet Predators campaign several weeks back while searching the web and was excited to see another advocacy group working to promote Internet Safety. I contacted Stop Internet Predators and several weeks later, I was signed on as a coalition partner!
At PC Pandora, our parental control and monitoring software provides a way for parents to see exactly what their children are doing on the Internet. Starting with sequential snapshots of everything that happens on screen, the software allows you as a parent to see everything your child does online – who they are talking to (Internet predators?), what websites they are going to, if they are a victim or instigator of cyberbullying, etc. Imagine being able to play back everything that your child does on the PC with a DVR – basically what the screenshots will do for you.
PC Pandora also gives you detailed reports in text-based files (i.e. emails, IM chats, weblogs, peer-2-peer activity, keystrokes, etc.), has web filters and program blocks, and even allows parents to receive email updates of those text-based files when they are not at home. This is invaluable for any working parent who doesn’t want to let their guard down just because they have to go to work.
But as wonderful and helpful as our software is, there are some online technologies that many parents are unaware of and simply can’t be monitored, like Google’s Street View. When photos of children are uploaded onto the web without parents’ knowledge or consent this becomes extremely troublesome. Parents are now forced to go onto Google Street View to check if their child may have been captured in a photo. If so, then the burden is on the parents to opt-out and ask Google to remove the photo.
I believe the work that Stop Internet Predators is doing in educating communities about new and emerging online technologies is admirable. I truthfully wish more organizations would walk the walk, as Stop Internet Predators does, instead of just talking the talk. PC Pandora is glad to be a part of this effort and we anxiously look forward to our continued work together in the future.