Initiative to tackle cyberbullies
Published 18/06/2010 | 11:07
A new initiative was unveiled today to help parents protect their children from online danger.
Created by IT security experts, reassureme.com provides software and advice on tackling cyberbullies, inappropriate content and internet grooming.
Children's charities are also set to benefit, with almost half of the website's proceeds being donated to worthwhile causes.
While 900,000 households are signed up to broadband, fewer than one in 10 use child protection software.
The new initiative, unveiled in Dublin by Minister for Children Barry Andrews, allows parents to monitor their offspring's internet use at home and at work through remote technology.
Fergus Finlay, of Barnardo's - one of 12 charities signed up to the initiative - said many parents struggle to keep up with web developments.
"We now have a situation where many parents are now unaware of what their children are doing online and how to protect them," he said.
"The launch of this service makes it simple for parents to safely control the online environment in which their children play and also has the double benefit of raising much-needed funds for the charities involved."
Up to 44pc of proceeds from the sale of software will go to the charity partners, with parents able to pick their preferred recipient.
The launch comes after four years of research by founder David Girvan and his team.
"The internet provides superb educational and social opportunities for our children and these tools are designed to give parents peace of mind that their children are learning in a safe environment," Mr Girvan said.
"We also want the topic of children's internet usage from being an invisible and hidden online subject to one on the breakfast table in every home."