ROSEVILLE — Yesterday I spoke with the co-founder of KiwiCommons, Tim Szeto, who developed a social media network and application that would allow educators and parents to form a dynamic, interactive “security subnet” for children. This “subnet” allows access to only those web destinations, social media connections and applications deemed safe and age appropriate by the adult community.
Parent/educator users in the Kiwi social network vote to accept proposed URLs into the “subnet”, which is downloaded to filter Internet use by youngsters using all the standard browsers and search application (Google, Explorer, Firefox, etc.). In this “subnet” Internet environment, the children experience the same branding experience as an unfiltered user and are served up only the content deemed acceptable and age appropriate.
Note: The child-proof Internet application is designed for PCs, and is ideally suited to perform like training wheels for kids just getting started surfing the Net and connecting with friends. At the moment, smart phones are not supported.
As a part of the application launch, KiwiCommons is offering free product downloads ($40 value) for parents and educators in the Sacramento area who would be interested in forming a “subnet” community.
This Internet security product offers experts, parents and educators to collaborate in the development and maintenance of a “safety net” for children as they learn to operate the cyber applications and tools. It is also an opportunity to have genuine dialogue about setting and maintaining boundaries for personal security.
To learn more and register for your free download, contact Ashley Huffman Ashley@kiwicommons.com. Let her know that the Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner sent you.
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