Parenstaround unveils multi-device parental-control system
BUSINESS FRANCE UK
international business development
Parentsaround has launched Parentsaround.com, a multi-device parental-control system that is managed via the internet. The system allows parents to supervise their children’s usage of PCs, smartphones and Android tablets remotely, via a computer or smartphone. Parentsaround will be at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Spain) in late February 2013.
international business development
Parentsaround’s technology works with both European mobile-telecoms operators and the general public, who can buy the software across Europe and North America. The company will exhibit on Stand 5E100 (Hall 5) at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade show from 25 to 28 February of this year, in Barcelona (Spain).
Parentsaround.com is a simple, effective and user-friendly parental-control software package for Windows and Android that has been developed the French-based company. The innovative solution is managed via the internet, using a computer or smartphone: it allows parents to supervise and protect their children in total confidence in all aspects of their digital world across PCs, smartphones and Android tablets.
The monitoring can be managed easily via the website’s administration console and from a computer using Windows 7, 8, Vista or XP, or from a smartphone or Android tablet connected to the web. Parents can access the various features of the service remotely in a few clicks, including tracking an individual child’s connections; filtering internet usage; consulting user statistics; controlling user time or time-of-day usage; adding additional connection time and, finally, disconnecting the device. The solution gives total protection for most of the equipment that children use.
The software also allows for the protection of a range of devices by the use of ultra-efficient filtering. Parentsaround.com provides comprehensive and unified protection via a single security profile on 10 PCs or Android devices that can be located at different addresses. This makes it possible to aggregate and monitor a child’s session times across different devices, thereby ensuring that, wherever (and whichever way) he (or she) accesses and uses the internet, the content can be filtered. This makes Parentsaround.com an ideal solution for parents living separately and for parents with children who holiday away from home.
The parental-control solution is equipped with Rapid Host Validation, an innovative technology that has been developed by Parentsaround. This technology, for which a patent has been filed, permits efficient internet filtering by analysing both words and images, as well as categorising websites. The technology also provides filtering rates that are significantly higher than those obtained by rival software products. Indeed, those filtering rates go beyond the standards fixed by standardisation group AFNOR.
Through the use of innovative technology for internet filtering, Parentsaround.com is designed to avert the exposure of children to unsuitable online content. The technology can also assist in the prevention of (and fight against) smartphone, internet or computer addiction.
The Parentsaround software solution puts the emphasis on simplicity, efficiency and user-friendliness. This strategic positioning is a genuine breakthrough in terms of the services offered in this area. Until now, such software has often been too complicated to set up or too unreliable, frequently leading parents to give up on attempts at controlling a child’s internet usage.
Parentsaround.com is quick to download and easy to install, as it only takes 10 seconds. The software is available from the secure www.parentsaround.com internet portal and from Google Play Store.
The www.parentsaround.com internet portal provides a support forum for parents who are often overwhelmed by the ultra-connected younger generations. Many parents worry about the potential dangers of the internet, without always knowing how to help their children make good use of the web. Many parents also worry about the risk for a child of spending too much time in front of a screen. In the Forum and Testimonies section of the website, people can share experiences and advice on these issues.
The service for the general public is available as a subscription from the parentsaround.com website. A single licence equips 10 PC and Android devices, which can be located at different addresses. After a free one-month trial period, the user can choose between two packages: the ZEN subscription costs €2.99 a month and can be cancelled at any time using the admin control, and the ECO subscription is €29 a year and is payable in full when the order is placed.
Parentsaround also sells its control solution to mobile-telecoms operators who would like to offer this service to their customers. The company offers tailor-made partnership agreements, according to the different financial models adopted by telecoms operators.
During the development phase, Parentsaround’s two founders were able to test the suitability of their concept by using a test portal that offered a limited and free version of the time-of-day control function of the software. Without any special promotion, the beta version attracted 10,000 users.
Improper use of the internet without any controls can hinder or harm the balance and development of young people. According to the study released by consultancy firm LH2 for Kelkoo and Hopscotch, on average, children between the ages of six and 13 spend more than an hour a day using the internet, and teenagers spend over 21 hours a week online. Additionally, two out of three children have stumbled upon offensive content on the internet. [Source: The online behaviour of teenagers, February 2011. To access the study (in French), go to: http://www.lh2.fr/_upload/ressources/sondages/consommation/lh2kelkooadolescentsetcomportementsenligne02fev11.pdf.]
Parentsaround of France was created by Yann Mareschal and Pierre-François Romeuf, two IT professionals. The company publishes parentsaround.com, a software solution for parental control of (and via) the internet.
Parentsaround works with both European mobile-telecoms operators and the general public, who can buy the software across Europe and North America.
The company will exhibit on Stand 5E100, Hall 5, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) from 25 to 28 February 2013 in Barcelona (Spain).
For further information, please go to: http://www.parentsaround.com
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